Ugo Rondinone, "The World Just Makes Me Laugh"(Courtesy of BAMPFA)

June's Must-See Art Exhibits: Creepy-Fabulous Clowns, Edvard Munch + More

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This month's agenda for art lovers.


What: Ugo Rondinone: The World Just Makes Me Laugh

Where: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

When: June 28 - August 27, 2017

Why: Because as a kid you were mesmerized by, and also afraid of, clowns. As an adult, you can better perceive their irony and sadness. Rondinone's first solo exhibition in the Bay Area will showcase 45 life-size sculptures of clowns, each named according to what they're doing, whether it's sleeping, eating, or dreaming. There will also be accessories such as four pairs of clown shoes, a series of eight rainbow "sun paintings," a massive lightbulb sculpted from wax, and excerpts from a fictional diary that the artist maintained in 1998. // BAMPFA, 2155 Center St. (Berkeley), bampfa.berkeley.edu


Flora and Fauna, by Amanda Lynn(Courtesy of the artist)

What: Sacred Alchemy

Where: Luna Rienne Gallery

When: June 3 - July 3, 2017

Why: Because you're interested in the evolution of women as artists and spiritual beings. In this exhibition, Bay Area–based Amanda Lynn displays a series of paintings and murals inspired by sacred geometry and the Alchemy of Life. The focus of the works is on feminine strength and beauty, underscored by all the symbols of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual world of women. The exhibition includes also several paintings and other works of art by local artists, mainly women, who have explored the same topics. // Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd St. (Mission), lunarienne.com


Talking to the System, by Purvis Young(Courtesy of de Young Museum)

What: Revelations: Art from the African American South

Where: de Young Museum

When: June 3 through April 1, 2018

Why: Because you are interested in the intersection between African heritage and American culture. This exhibition showcases 62 artworks on such topics as race, progress of freedom, class, diversity, gender, identity and spirituality by contemporary African American artists. The lineup includes Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett and Joe Minter. // de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org


Iconographic Trasmission, by GMUNKCourtesy of Dolby Laboratories

What: The Dolby Art Series

Where: Dolby Laboratories

When: June 15

Why: Because you enjoy seeing how technology and performative art can mix together and create something unexpected. The exhibition, part of SF Design Week, includes 22 artists from London, Thailand, Poland, Japan, South America and the U.S., who were tasked with a new interpretation of Dolby's iconic Double D logo. // Dolby Laboratories, 1275 Market St., 2017.sfdesignweek.org


Noor Aldabbagh

What: Flow: Curating Art in Saudi Arabia

Where: Stanford University

When: June 9, 11am to 1pm

Why: Because you are curious about artists in Saudi Arabia. Harvard graduate Noor Al Dabbagh, a curator and artist, will screen Flow, a short film about the new art movement in her home country spurred by emerging artists. // Stanford University, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way, Room 370 (Palo Alto); register at eventbrite.com.


The Dance of Life, by Edvard MunchCourtesy of SFMOMA

What: Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

Where: SFMOMA

When: June 24 - October 9, 2017

Why: Because this exclusive exhibition of Edvard Munch will feature 45 paintings produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, including his last self-portrait. Love, despair, desire, death, and the human condition are uniquely interpreted in his work. Seven pieces in the exhibition are making their U.S. debut, including Lady in Black (1891), Puberty (1894), Jealousy (1907), Death Struggle (1915), Man with Bronchitis (1920), Self-Portrait with Hands in Pockets (1925–26) and Ashes (1925). // SFMOMA, 151 3rd St. (SoMa), sfmoma.org


Phantom, by Stephanie SyjucoCourtesy of Catherine Clark Gallery

What: Juncture

Where: Catharine Clark Gallery

When: June 3 - July 22, 2017

Why: Because you are interested in the confluence of art and politics. Juncture is a collective show that focuses on the importance of questioning our society, the impact and value of art, the political and ethical responsibilities we all have. Phantom (2017), Stephanie Syjuco's transparent black silk flag, was made in the aftermath of the Trump administration's "immigration ban." A video and sculptural work by Indira Allegra is a powerful meditation on the relationship between textile, language and vulnerability. // Catharine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah St. (Mission), cclarkgallery.com


RITE2017Courtesy of Gregory Dawson

What: Rite2017

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Grand Theater

When: 1pm on June 10; June 30 - July 2, 2017

Why: Because you are as befuddled about the broad interpretations of contemporary dance as we are. Rite2017 is a new interpretation of 1913's Rite of Spring by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The performance will connect this ancient tale of ritual, sacrifice, and awakening to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Consider this a manifesto of movement that aims to change popular views of the 1980s gay community. // June 10 at Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest (free), 760 Howard St. (SoMa), facebook.com/events; June 30 through July 2 at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Grand Theater, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), brownpapertickets.com

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