Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oakland Museum

BARTed to Oakland for dinner on a recent Thursday, and decided to go early and tie in a stop at the 12th St BART Station, to see the Oakland Museum and the June Steingart Gallery at Laney College.      
After hearing so much about Oakland revival, I was surprised to find not much going on in the whole neighborhood except a sidewalk garage sale with many unique items.    Few people were in the Oakland museum.

Sculptors and stained glass artists speak highly of the Laney art program.   I was disappointed to find the open til 5PM Steingart Gallery at Laney was already closed at 3PM.  The Laney web site does say hours are subject to change.   After making a call to the number listed on the gallery page of the web site, I was informed that is not the number to call nor is the correct one available.   My thoughts drifted to all the welcoming Academy of Art galleries in SF, their MFA shows, etc.    

Future art trips to Oakland:  First Friday Art Walk of Oakland Art Murmur.  

Looking at map of Oakland Art Murmur made my head hurt, and also begged the question, is it called Art Mumu in Honolulu? 

From the murmurmap, it looks like the art movement is moving away from Oakland museum and nearby Laney College.  

I had not been to the Oakland Museum in a long time.  It is much larger than I remembered, with extensive grounds.   As the Museum’s primary focus is education and California history, I sped through those sections, having temporarily reached my limit recently through books, documentaries and other sources.      I stopped at one room with kids flopped on beanbags on the floor. They seemed to be enjoying a full wall video of what it is like to see the ocean from a slowly rocking boat, known in the interactive education arena as a seasick-o-tron.   Woozy from standing on the deck of the boat, I staggered from the room, holding the wall along the way to the coastal tide pool and beach found plastics collection, before heading to my favorite exhibits at the museum:
  • Paintings by David Park and others with similar style 

  • Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape   now through Sunday, January 4, 2015
2013 SF Gate article about Rex May collection at SF Mexican Museum  

The upcoming SFMOMA collaborative Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California  opens September 20, 2014, runs through April 12, 2015 at Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mexican Museum announces a partnership with the University of Mexico

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico) (UNAM)

The Mexican Museum keeps on working to upgrade its status and visibility - last week's Family Day was a big success and now, the possibility of visiting artists from Mexico? Viva Mexico! Viva Arte!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

'Project Mah Jongg' at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Leisure-class ladies playing a floating game of mah jongg, 1924. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Project Mah Jongg. The On view July 13–October 28, 2014. Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Dorothy S. Meyerson teaching mah jongg on television, 1951. Courtesy Marjorie Meyerson Troum. Project Mah Jongg. On view July 13–October 28, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. 

My knowledge of the Jews in China came through the novels of Pearl Buck, particularly through her novel, "Peony." "Peony" is set in the 1850s in the city of K'aifeng, in the province of Hunan, which was historically a center for Chinese Jews. The novel follows Peony, a Chinese bondmaid of the prominent Jewish family of Ezra ben Israel, and shows through her eyes how the Jewish community was regarded in K'aifeng at a time when Jews had started to become assimilated into the Chinese community. The story shows the mutual tolerance between Jews and Chinese, an interracial love story and yes - lots of upper class Chinese women playing Mah Jongg.

It had many of the elements present in the current exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, "Project Mah Jongg," ...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bay Area art events for the week of July 7th

In July, while the rest of the country is enduring three-digit temperatures, San Franciscans are reaching for their sweaters. The fog, affectionately known on Twitter by his handle @KarltheFog, is hanging around the Golden Gate Bridge and keeping the city cool. But there are plenty of art happenings to heat things up.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

'Gorgeous' at the Asian Art Museum

 Summer gatherings in mountain villas, 1738, by Hua Yan (Chinese, 1682–1756). Set of twelve hanging scrolls; ink on gold-surfaced paper. 


SFMOMA is closed for renovation but continues to be present in the Bay Area's art world. Last week, they, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum opened "Gorgeous," the museum equivalent of a summer movie. "Gorgeous" works like an arranged marriage, which is to say, sort of, kind of and not at all. More at:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Redefining the Multiple, Works on Paper, Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery, Alameda,
July 10 to August 3, 2014

The upcoming Redefining the Multiple show, July 10 to August 3, 2014 at Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery in Alameda, features 2-D and 3-D works on paper, including  printmaking, woodcuts, stone lithographs, etchings, screen prints, book art and letterpress, by 32 Bay Area artists.  Opening Night Reception: 6-9pm, Friday, July 11 .

The 32 Bay Area artists included are:   Peter Baczek, Andrew Carney, Macy ChadwickJames ClaussenGary Comoglio, Holly DowningJessica DunneBarry EbnerBarbara FosterJohn GruenwaldDebra Jewell, Mike KimballLuz Marina RuizHJ MooijGustavo Mora PerezDiego Marcial RiosMichelle MurilloSarah NewtonLian NgRajit Phiosuwan, AV Pike, Carrie Ann Plank, Mandie Rider, Robyn Smith, Sylvia Solochek Walters, Herlinde SpahrJack Stone, Toru Sugita,  Sandy WalkerShane WeareMark Welschmeyer, Linda Yoshizawa. 

Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
1419 Park Street, Ste E
Alameda, CA 94501