get excited: in the bay

So much to get excited about in the Bay, meaning the San Francisco Bay Area, and more specifically, the actual bay.

We Players: How We Leave and Return: Intersections of Art and History
April 28–July 1, 2012
Angel Island State Park

Opening Reception @ the Visitor’s Center: April 28th, 2012 1:30 – 3pm

Exhibiting Artists:
James Bradley
Torreya Cummings
Lauren Dietrich Chavez
Julia Goodman
Matthew Gordon
Justin Hurty
Brandon Walls Olsen
Imin Yeh

How We Leave and Return is a site-specific exhibition of visual art on Angel Island State Park.

Seven Bay Area artists were invited to explore Angel Island’s history, architecture, and landscape, and create contemporary artworks inspired by the island’s historic narratives and recurring themes.

How We Leave and Return asks the audience to consider the cyclical nature of human history, marking that it often repeats itself, and presents ideas as to how a society copes with its legacy of ideologies, ontological positions, and cultural practices.

Lots of CCA alum (woot!) in this show, curious to see hear how TC’s boat voyage goes…. I don’t like getting caught up in issues of race and representation, but I’m glad that a Chinese American artist, especially one who deals with issues of identity in her work, is in the show. Angel Island is so important in California history as it intersections with Chinese Americans.

FOR-SITE Foundation: International Orange
Fort Point National Historic Site
(beneath the Golden Gate Bridge)
May 25–October 28, 2012

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, International Orange — named in honor of the unique paint color of the span — offers fresh perspectives on an enduring landmark. This exhibition at Fort Point presents new work by contemporary artists responding to the bridge as icon, historic structure, and conceptual inspiration.

The contributing artists — Anandamayi Arnold, Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Bill Fontana, Andy Freeberg, Doug Hall, Courtney Lain, David Liittschwager, Abelardo Morell, Cornelia Parker, Kate Pocrass, Jeannene Przyblyski, Allison Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, Camille Utterback, and Pae White — approach the bridge with diverse and distinctively individual aesthetics, materials, and points of view.

Really excited that this show, featuring so many stellar Bay Area and national artists (my personal faves linked above), will be on for a few months, increasing the chances of me catching it.



tomorrow is for those who can hear it coming, Julio Cesar Morales‘ current exhibition at New Langton Arts, is brilliant, literally and figuratively. I’m very inspired by how buttoned-up Julio keeps his big video / photo / neon installations. The content is really fantastic — the intersections of Mexican/settler cultures in early California, spelled out in a sequence of images that alternate between tantalizing and visceral. The costumes and decor are spot-on; the cinematography in the video’s is beautiful, quality HD. Very impressive! Congrats to the artist and the non-profit New Langton on such a beautiful exhibition.

And congrats to the latest artist-recipients of the Macarthur “Genius” Grant, including current Headlands AIR, Walter Kitundu, one of the most unconventional artists in the Bay Area, and one of the humblest people around.

Both of these artists are persistent (Walter sold his jeep — which was once his father’s — to fund his Icelandic residency a few years back) and generous (Morales runs an artist-run space and shows often at non-profits; Walter also shows at non-profits like the Luggage Store, performs music, and works at the Exploratorium). So it’s great to see these artists get their dues. And it’s nice to have two more reasons not to worry about being under-the-radar in the Bay Area or showing in non-profits.