Fifteen years ago, CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opened its doors to the public as an active center for showcasing modern, cutting-edge work meant to spark discussion and interaction. This month, the gallery space makes its big move from the city's Design District to a more prime location in Potrero Hill. Designed by architect Mark Jensen, the large, gymnasium-sized space features galleries and event space.
Revered Petaluma designer Robindira Unsworth is taking her jewelry to a new, socially responsible level that speaks to her background in social services. Launching now is the collab with the Madres Collective, an org that teams U.S. designers with artisans in the Dominican and Haitian communities to make jewelry that is then sold stateside.
Last year, 24 photographers gathered during the winter solstice for 24 hours of spontaneous shooting. The assignment was simple: Each photographer was given a different, one-hour time slot and one of 24 San Francisco neighborhoods, chosen at random, to shoot. They were assigned a type of camera with which to shoot—some were to use black-and-white film, others color digital.
If you're fearing modern art withdrawal when SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3 for its two-and-a-half-year-long expansion, rest assured. The museum has planned robust offsite programming to give you the culture fix you crave. Here's what to look out for around town.
Crissy Field (May 2013–May 2014)
Looks can be deceiving. While the works shown here could easily be a preview for the next exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, they are, in fact, the creative impulses of artists with developmental disabilities, including Diane Scaccalosi, John Patrick Mckenzie, Lance Rivers, and Vincent Jackson—whose work has been licensed for use by Michael Recchiuti and CB2.
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Guerilla archivist Rick Prelinger gives his seventh annual presentation of rarely seen film clips, landscapes, and portraits of San Franciscans as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and studio filmmakers over the years. This kind-of cult classic is a sell-out, but there's a walk-up line for unclaimed tickets on the night of.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 12/11
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
Patagonia, Lake Titicaca, and the Sargasso Sea are just a few of the exotic locales that will host photographer Justin Lewis and writer Michelle Stauffer over the next two years. Each destination, all along a single line of longitude, represents one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and a phase in the pair’s photo-documentary project, 70 Degrees West, which began in April.
The mission: Expose how selfish human demands on the natural world are putting traditional ways of life at risk. The goal: Create heightened global consciousness of endangered habitats and cultures via words and images.
Creative projects were par for the course in the childhood home of Corona Heights resident Scott Tal, 36, for whom product design seemed a natural calling. After a five-year apprenticeship with Béatrice Amblard—a former Hermès ambassador and the leather artisan behind April in Paris, the luxurious Clement Street label—Tal launched Tauro Leather in 2009.
This Week's Hottest Events: Book of Mormon Lottery Tickets, Call Me Home Exhibit, and Monique Jenkinson
Book of Mormon
Tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical sold out in a hot sec, but there's still a chance to see the show. SHN announced a lottery system for each performance during the five-week run. Get there two-plus hours before the show to enter your name, and 1.5 hours before the curtain goes up, they'll pick a limited number of names at random for tickets at $29 a pop. The lottery has drawn as many as 800 entries for some shows, so start camping outside the theater now.
When: Tues. 11/27–Sun. 12/30
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
Last week, big news in the art world hit San Francisco. The Fine Arts Museums announced an exclusive agreement between the de Young/Legion of Honor and the Louvre. Over the next five years, the world's most famous museum will collaborate with FAMSF on a series of exhibitions and exchanges, including plans to share significant works of art—which means that San Francisco will have unprecedented access to some of the iconic works usually kept on lockdown in Paris.
"I only want one picture," said FAMSF board president Dede Wilsey. "And that's the Mona Lisa."
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