These are some of the top Gallery and Museum shows that I highly recommend this Summer in San Francisco.
Exhibition title: Here and Home
Artist: Larry Sultan
Dates: Until 23 July, 2017
This major retrospective of Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009) Here and Home, examines the work and 35-year career of the internationally renowned photographer. The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, as well as "Study Hall" — a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Sultan’s often intensely personal images — many drawn from his own family’s history — blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity. Sultan had deep ties to the Bay Area as both an artist and an educator.
Exhibition title: Soundsuits
Artist: Nick Cave
Venue: Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Dates: Until 14 August, 2017
Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave (American, b. 1959) challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter, and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which are full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes and performed in and conceal the wearer’s identity leaving the viewer with no indication of race, gender, or age. Cave's Soundsuits are made of everything from collected and repurposed buttons, to wooden sticks, beaded baskets, doilies and sequined fabric. While seeing Cave's exhibition you can also have a look at the fabulous Anderson Collection upstairs.
Exhibition title: Order of Appearance
Artist: Jim Jocoy
Venue: Casemore Kirkeby @ Minnesota Street Project
Dates: 16 June - 29 July
One of my favorite art galleries in San Francisco, Casemore Kirkeby will be presenting Jim Jocoy: Order of Appearance. Jim Joyce (Korean, b. 1952) was born in South Korea to his Korean mother and American Father. Moving to Sunnyvale in 1969 with his family, in 1976, at the start of the San Francisco punk scene, Jocoy became a student at UC Santa Cruz. The exhibition is an intimate and revealing selection of images embracing the burgeoning San Francisco punk club scene from 1977-1980. The opening will take place June 16th with a reception and book from 6-8pm, Order of Appearance, will contine through July 29th. In addition, on Saturday, July 15th, the artist will be in conversation with music journalist and critic Sam Lefebvre at Casemore Kirkeby at 5pm. After viewing the exhibition take a peek at all the other current exhibitions at MSP and then try the new restaurant.