The earthy color palette of historic buildings lining Van Ness is about to see a burst of bright colors. Acclaimed ceramic artist Jun Kaneko will unveil his two 6-foot heads on Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in front of the War Memorial Opera House. The sculpture installation coincides with the premiere of SF Opera's run of Mozart's The Magic Flute (June 13–July 8), for which Kaneko designed the set.
This city's big on public art, but how many times have you wanted to know who's behind what you're seeing? ArtAround, a public art technology platform first launched in Washington, D.C., aims to help answer those questions. The app's founders are now working with the SF Arts Commission to launch its mapping service in San Francisco. They already have 800 pieces of art owned by the city mapped out with photos, and they're working on expanding their service to include all the other great street art like murals and graffiti that aren't owned by the city. So, you can finally figure out who made your favorite Mission mural that you walk past everyday.
Be inspired by Taylor's warped wilderness paintings.
When: Through Sat. 6/2
Where: Guerrero Gallery, 2700 19th St.
Dita Von Teese
The burlesque queen brings her signature old Hollywood glamour to the Fillmore stage for a cabaret-style revue to titillate men and women of all persuasions. Ladies, prepare to take notes.
When: Mon. 5/21 - Tues. 5/22
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
Mark your calendar—City Arts & Lectures is hosting an intimate evening with foodie author and activist Michael Pollan to raise funds for their big Nourse Auditorium restoration project. Newsflash: Herbst Theatre will close for refurbishing next May, and City Arts will be out of a meeting place. So if you've ever come out to hear the likes of Annie Leibovitz or Jacques Pépin, reach deep into your pocket for $500 to support the cause.
The Academy of Art annual fashion show and events always promise a stellar lineup, and this year was no exception. Guests of honor included Alexandar McQueen creative director Sarah Burton and haute couture milliner Philip Treacy.
Dorothea Lange and the Golden Gate Bridge
Lange's striking images of Depression-era life never cease to tug at one's heartstrings. See the legendary photojournalist's work along with an exhibit in the adjoining gallery of work celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
When: Through Sat. 6/30
Where: Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary St., 4th floor
It's that time of year again—the flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, and art students across the city are showing off their best work. Check out this year's batch of up-and-coming artists and designers at this series of shows put on by the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University. Gallerists and museum curators will no doubt be out scouting this talent, so now's your chance to say you saw them here first.
Gerhard Richter Painting
Through Thurs. 5/10, catch the SF premiere of this doc about 79-year-old German painter (and perhaps the world's greatest living painter) Gerhard Richter as filmmaker Corinna Belz captures his creative process on camera, supplemented with intimate conversations and rare archival material.
When: Through Thurs. 5/10
Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St.
Take a load off, and have a SEAT overlooking the bay at Fort Mason. Local artist and landscape designer extaordinaire Topher Delaney and Kika Probst, both of Seam Studio, have curated the next generation of public art at Fort Mason Center, accessible to everyone, gratis (weather permitting, unless you like the idea of sitting on a soggy bench in the rain).
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