Art Looks

The museum’s closed, but ‘The de Young Open’ poises for launch

Starting June 1, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will welcome submissions from any artist over 18 years old from the nine Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Alameda,...

‘Change the dynamics’: Dawoud Bey on photography, place, and history

On February 15, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened An American Project, a retrospective, of the work of multi-award-winning photographer and teacher Dawoud Bey. The show was...

How do you represent Black and Latino communities at major museum shows?

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco started its Community Representatives program back in 1992 when it hosted an exhibit of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner. But it...

Creativity Explored branches out with ‘Of here from there’ exhibition

The first time artist Ana Teresa Fernández entered the Creativity Explored studio, she says she fell in love with the space. “It’s like what you think of as a...

Electrifying art of Black Power in ‘Soul of a Nation’

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 was organized by London’s Tate Museum and traveled to Arkansas, New York, and Los Angeles before coming...

Look! Up in the sky! It’s public art—with Premiere Jr.

I finally made it to Salesforce Park, a perfectly pleasant, perfectly sterile civic project atop the new Transbay Terminal. The downtown public space is billed as a "living roof"—the...

The joy of ‘Gayface’

"Well, you're queer," photographer-artist-musician-coolperson Lauren Tabak says to me, quite correctly, on the phone. "What do you think about when you're putting together a look?" I'm a '70s kid who...

Cartooning the Japanese Internment, through George Takei’s eyes

Harmony Becker, the creator of the comics Himawari Share, Love Potion, and Anemone and Catharus, was at her booth at an indie comic arts show in Brooklyn when Leigh Walton, with Top...

A 24/7 switchboard connecting participants to ‘The Dead Woman’

For her first solo show in California, Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle has converted the galleries at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts into a temporary radio station. Through...

The unflagging, cinematic visions of James Tissot

A sharpshooter in the Franco-Prussian War, a society painter, and a watercolorist who did hundreds of religious scenes that inspired filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and George Lucas—James Tissot lived...