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This Weekend's Required Art Outings: artMRKT, ArtPadSF, and SFFAF

Move over, Art Basel Miami. This weekend, San Francisco will give the most important art show stateside a run for its money. artMRKT, ArtPadSF, and SFFAF are setting up shop around the city, and we thought we'd help make it easier to choose among the three, or give you reason to double (or triple) dose on all the art and culture you could possibly handle over the course of a few days. All three fairs kick off with preview parties today and run through Sunday, so start practicing your intellectual art speak now.

Art at the Dump Exhibit Turns Trash Into Treasure

In an inventive gambit to promote recycling and re-purposing of all the random stuff that ends up in our collective trash bin, Art at the Dump is the culmination of this year’s unique artists-in-residence program at Recology San Francisco. Featuring work by Scott Kildall, Niki Ulehla, and Alex Nichols, everything in the exhibit was created with materials scavenged from - you guessed it - the dump.

'Undressed' at Public Works: Nakedness, More Nakedness and Some Badass Native American Girl-Power

May I suggest Undressed — the latest Public Works Pop-Up Gallery show — as a stealth date idea? Through May 11, the Mission art/music/creative space is hosting their most provocative exhibit yet.  With fleshy works by local artists, what stood out were the elaborate, bust-baring Native American supernatural creatures by Chelsea Brown

Breathed … Unsaid … Opens at SOMArts

Image: Hang Nguyen's Untitled

Take a trip across cultural boundaries. Curated by Lumina Arts' Katya Min, this new, month-long exhibit at SOMArts features the multi-disciplinary works of 20 Bay Area artists exploring their own experiences with cultural diaspora.

Frey Norris Gallery Grand Reopening

Frey Norris Gallery, known for its cutting-edge contemporary and modern art, has a new home. And, as is customary in the art world, they're throwing a party to celebrate. Shelter yourself from the snow this weekend at Saturday's grand reopening soiree, where you can quaff a few Chimays and enjoy treats from the Chinese sticky bun food lady while you peruse the space's current exhibits—"Pangea: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence" and"Exultation: Sex, Death and Madness in Eight Surrealist Masterworks."

Get Surreal at the Exploratorium Tonight

Art meets science at tonight's Exploratorium event. This week's After Dark program gets wild as the museum transforms into a Mad Hatter's tea party. Except, instead of tea, you'll be sipping beer and wine. And, instead of getting lost in Alice's Wonderland, you'll hobnob with the ghosts of painter's past in a café de Paris setting.

Artillery AG: Local Fashion is Good For You

Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.

Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.

Nowness Presents Animating Chanel

Peter Philips, Chanel's Global Creative Director of Makeup, created Animating Chanel, a quirky video capturing Chanel make-up products transforming into robots. The video hit the web yesterday, and caused a nerdy-tech-meets-Chanel-chic ruckus in the blogosphere.

Animating Chanel is just one of many genius products exclusively produced for NownessLVMH's luxe, minimalist online magazine.

SFMOMA's Voyeurism and Surveillance Exhibit: Examining the Camera's Most Unsettling Uses

Currently on exhibit until April 17 at the SFMOMA, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 explores the watching me, watching you phenomenon as it has evolved since the early days of the camera. In an era when cameras and recording devices are ubiquitous, impacting norms around privacy and exclusivity, this exhibit is more relevant than ever.

Say Goodbye to Starry Night: Post-Impressionism Exhibit Closing at the de Young

Get thee to the de Young. You have just over a week to see the Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond exhibit before these post-impressionist masterpieces are shipped back to the Musee d'Orsay for good. In case you didn't hear, the de Young has had the privilege of being the only museum in the world to play host to two exhibitions of work on loan from the esteemed Musee d'Orsay while it undergoes extensive renovations. The first exhibit focused on the birth of Impressionism and drew more than 432,000 visitors. Bets are, that by the time it's over, the current exhibit will have drawn even more.

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