If the East Bay gets too crazy to make it out to the Oakland Art Murmur tonight, get your arts fix at one of our favorites, the very multi-faceted Public Works, this Saturday, November 6th. Take in new works by Nathan Richard Phelps in a collection called Exuberance and dance the night away with fresh DJs who excel in hip hop, dance and dubstep beats.
Navigating the vast seas of the Oakland Art Murmur, which sets sail every first Friday of the month, is enough to wear anyone out. With 24 galleries and exhibition spaces joining together for one monthly night of art, music and meeting up, you'll need to know where all the coolest stuff to see is.
1. Kuhl Frames & Art, 412 22nd Street, (510) 625-0123
Enough of baseball, it’s time to get some culture into our weekends. Here are our editors’ top ten picks for art openings this weekend.
1. San Francisco’s Modernism Gallery will be showcasing the work of renowned fashion photographer and collage artist Erwin Blumenfeld through December 22 with photographs from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s.
Modernism, 685 Market St.
Remember when Tai emerged from her Cher and Dionne makeover in Clueless as a hot new babe? That's kinda like what happened to 941 Geary, a former smog and auto emissions check shop in the Tenderloin that has recently been reborn as a lofty-ceiling-ed, 3,000-square foot gallery space. It's brought to us by SF tastemakers Justin Giarla and Leigh Cooper, the minds behind such local game-changing galleries as as White Walls and the Shooting Gallery.
In case you can't tell, we were all over the Mission this week. After stumbling upon Monument's new digs we headed down to The Curiosity Shoppe to get a little peek at artists Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonaugh's new exhibit in the store's gallery. Entitled "Little Pink Houses", the collaboration features a healthy dose of birds, branches, and electric shocks of pink - all design details we adore.
It appears that there's nothing new at First Friday's Art Walk in Oakland this month, Johansson Projects and Rock! Paper! Scissors! are showing the same exhibits as last month, but the scene that night was so mobbed. Maybe you want to try again without the jostling in airless, crowded rooms and check out Flaming Furbelows and Heroes and Villains at their respective galleries.
If it's anything like last time, there will be vegan cheesecake vendors, impromptu performance art and artists galore setting up shop in the side street between the two blocks of art spaces and eateries that make up the bulk of the monthly Art Murmur.
Did you have a great time at the opening of Receiver's latest show Me vs Me? Want more Porous Walker/Jimmy Dimarcellis but just don't know how?
Come by Receiver this Saturday at 2pm and glue toys together with Jimmy. He'll give a brief talk about all the work in this show and then lead everyone in some good old fashioned toy-gluing.