Art & Development

First Friday Openings

Lots of art-fun on Friday to look forward to! Just a matter of picking sides of the Bay; or being super ambitious and light of foot.


Groundswell opening at Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA
6-8 pm
A juried exhibition featuring Elliot Anderson, Mitra Fabian, Nathan Hodges, Suzanne Husky, Joan Margolies-Kiernan, Rebecca Najdowski, Jennifer Parker and Barney Haynes, and Emily Payne

Oakland Art Murmur
Various Galleries in and around downtown Oakland
6-9 pm
Krowswork is usually pretty interesting.

Junk Pirate at the Compound Gallery
1167 65th Street, Oakland, CA
7-10 pm
A solo show of reconfigured junk store items by Oakland artist, art impresario and zinester Pete Glover.

(Shameless self-promotion alert!)
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors) at Sight School
5651 San Pablo (at Stanford), Oakland, CA
My solo show of new installation, sculpture and works on paper inspired by discount stores, the decorative impulse and positive psychology.

Here and Now kicks off with the first night of Elaine Buckholtz’ Out of the Blue (Mills Hall Reconsidered)
Mills Hall (c.1871), Mills College, Oakland, CA
Sunset to 10:00 pm
Admittedly, I’m presenting a project on June 5th in this series as well, but I think Elaine’s work is killer too.

The Oakland Museum of California is also open til 8pm. But it is every Friday and Saturday, would you believe?

The Residents perform at the Berkeley Art Museum
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
The galleries will also be open til 9pm.


Now and When opening reception at SFAC Gallery
Main Gallery and Grove Street, SF
6-8 pm
Newly-commissioned projects along the theme of time capsules by The Bureau of Urban Secrets, Joseph del Pesco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Packard Jennings, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Lo, Gay Outlaw & Bob Schmitz, Paul Schiek and Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso and Taro Hattori. Curated by Meg Shiffler.

Rehistoricizing Abstract Expressionism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1950s-1960s, opening at the Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
This show sounds killer. I love it when programming is ambitious. Villa, venerable SF artist and teacher, aims nothing less than to set the record straight on the presence of women and people of color in AbEx, largely seen as a field for macho cowboys.

Curated by CARLOS VILLA. This large scale exhibition creates and contextualizes an archive of women artists and artists of color who were undervalued because of the public and personal hegemonic social and aesthetic scrutiny at that time. Featuring 33 artists.


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Closer to home, there are lots of art shows worth checking out… On my list:

This film screening in conjunction with We have as much time as it takes sounds interesting. If you haven’t had a chance to see the show (to which I contributed Unlimited Promise), the gallery’s open late…
Tuesday, May 18, 7–10 pm
Wattis presents Another Time
A one-night-only screening of James Benning’s 2005 film One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later in Timken Lecture Hall. The film portrays an industrial, blue-collar town, in the filmmaker’s hometown of Milwaukee. The first 60 shots of the film–depicting factories, lonely railroad tracks, and desolate construction sites–were captured in 1977. Twenty-seven years later Benning returned to restage the film shot-by-shot, revealing the transformation of the landscape over time. One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later is exemplary of Benning’s distinctive cinematographic language, including extended shots that prolong anticipation.
CCA Wattis, 1111 Eighth Street @ Irwin, San Francisco

Leah’s delightful and intriguingly odd stripey, colorful paintings…
May 13–June 30, 2010
Time Will Tell
Solo Show by Leah Rosenberg
18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Immersive light and video artists’ projects.
May 14-July 3, 2010
Jars Filmed Inside (Elaine Buckholtz Solo Show)
Perception Projection Delay (Hunter Longe Installation)
Triple Base, 3041 24th Street, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Hours: Thu-Sun 12-5pm

The inaugural show at Intersection’s new downtown space! A little bird told me it’d be good!
May 19 – July 3, 2010
Let’s Talk of a System
A group exhibition featuring work by April Banks, Sergio De La Torre & Vicky Funari, Suzanne Husky, Laura Parker, Favianna Rodriguez, James Reed and Banker White.
Intersection 5M, 901 Mission Street @ 5th, San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 6pm / First Thursdays: 12 to 8 pm
Opening reception: Wednesday May 19, 2010, 6-8pm