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26 • BAY AREA REPORTER • January 5-11, 2017
Stiftung Archäologie, Munich
Cuirass Torso (reconstruction), Acropolis. 460 B.C.E. (2005). Artificial marble. From Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, coming to the Legion of Honor, Oct. 28-Jan. 7, 2017.
Fine art 2017
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Contemporary Jewish Museum Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, the New York-based gay artist’s first career survey, promises to be more imaginative than its title. Working in a variety of media and blending wicked comedy, neurosis and an obsession with popular culture, Leibowitz, a.k.a. “Candyass,” mines sexual identity, therapy tropes, selfloathing and being Jewish – wait, aren’t these last two the same? (Jan. 26-June 25) Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs contains original artwork, children’s book illustrations, Ukrainian character eggs and storytelling rugs by the veteran New Yorker magazine cartoonist. (April 27-Sept. 3) Asian Art Museum Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty showcases recently unearthed relics, such as a ceramic urinal and a pair of bronze phalluses buried underground for 2,000 years, from a technologically innovative civilization awash in luxury. (Feb. 17-May 28) Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs, a trove of 30 rare paintings, military artifacts, textiles and photographs, reveals the complex history of the South Asian religious community. (March 10-June 4)
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The San Francisco Symphony is ringing in the New Year with screenings of Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront. The feature with live orchestra conducted by David Newman will showcase Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score. Everything about this classic goes over the top, but it’s magnificent, and Bernstein’s music is a testament to his versatility. More visuals follow when Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler’s Das klagende Lied: A Semi-staged Event. Soprano Joélle Harvey joins mezzo Sasha Cooke and baritone Brian Mulligan to enact the Grimm-like fairy tale, directed by James Darrah with projections by Adam Larsen. Other SFS concerts in January feature exciting guest artists French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing Ravel, and Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma performing Prokofiev. Also tempting is the visit with the Prague Philharmonia and brilliant cellist Gautier Capucon on Jan. 29. Capucon has already played the Dvorak Concerto with the SFS. Hearing him again in the Czech composer’s score with a Czech orchestra offers a fascinating twist. February brings Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt to DSH for his annual visit. He is famous for Bruckner but no slouch with
SFMOMA’s treat-packed schedule starts this month with Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, which explores the first seven years (1957-62) of the seminal photographer’s career, a lesser-known, formative period when she created nearly half the images printed during her brief lifetime. (Jan. 21-April 30) Through more than 100 paintings and drawings, Matisse/Diebenkorn traces the lifelong impact of Henri Matisse on Diebenkorn, who initially encountered the French master’s work when he attended Stanford. (March 11- May 29) Edvard Munch, a controversial, psychologically driven, some might say tortured artist, was a late bloomer whose breakthrough didn’t arrive until he reached the ripe old age of 50. Ergo, his startling late paintings serve as a point of departure for Between the Clock and the Bed, a reassessment of his work. (June 24-Oct. 9) The museum’s Pritzker Center for Photography will be jumping with two shows featuring distinctive American artists: Here and Home includes early conceptual and collaborative projects and documentary-style images from the late California photographer Larry Sultan (April 15-July 23), while the far-ranging Walker Evans: A Vernacular Style aims to be the definitive retrospective of work by a giant of the medium. (Sept. 23-Feb. 24)
Legion of Honor This is going to be a very happy year indeed for fans of Impressionism, which only the hardest hearts can resist, with two exhibitions highlighting a pair of undisputed masters. Monet: The Early Years assembles 60 pre-Impressionist paintings (1858-72) when the artist’s techniques and visual vocabulary were considered radical (Feb. 25May 29), while Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade emphasizes Degas’ intense interest in millinery – he was reportedly a natty dresser – and the Parisian working women who made them, complemented by pastels and paintings by Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Cassatt, and a bevy of fashionable period hats. (June 24-Sept. 24) Curator Renee Dreyfus brings a wealth of scholarship and insight to Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, which examines polychromy, a prevalent practice in ancient cultures of painting sculptures in dazzling colors that often faded after millennia of exposure to the elements. (Oct. 28-Jan. 7)
de Young Museum In 1967, nearly 100,000 people descended on Haight-Ashbury, many of them in altered states. That was 50 years ago, and now comes Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, an exhibition that should be a balm for nostalgic baby boomers. (April 8-Aug. 20) Stuart Davis: In Full Swing spotlights the jazz-infused, advertising-inflected, Matisse-influenced, quintessentially “on-the-move” American art by this modernist painter. (April 1-Aug. 6) Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire shows off the latest discoveries from the Sun, Moon and Feathered Serpent pyramids in Mexico. (Sept. 30-Feb. 11) YBCA Civic Radar, the first U.S. retrospective of the output of Lynn Hershman Leeson, shines a light on a versatile Bay Area feminist, experimental filmmaker, photographer and interactive media and performance artist who has employed cutting-edge technologies to probe issues of identity, the vulnerabilities of women and surveillance. (Feb. 10-May 21)
Oakland Museum Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest A charter member of the Northern California Funk and Nut art movements of the 1960s, De Forest’s trippy, gently humorous, large-scale paintings and sculptures open portals to comical fantasylands where canines rule and dogs are the best people we know. (April 29-Aug. 20) Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing views the photographer’s imagery, whether of Dust Bowl migrants and other casualties of the Great Depression or the grim fate of Japanese Americans unjustly interned in camps in WWII, through a socialadvocacy lens. (May 13-Aug. 13) BAMPFA Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia looks at the intersection – or was it a collision? – of art, architecture, design, pharmacology, spirituality, alternative lifestyles, and ecology in the context of the 1960s and early 70s counterculture. Film programs, experimental furniture, and media environments reflecting the era’s zeitgeist are on view. (Feb. 8-May 21)t
Beethoven, either. A concert devoted to the mighty Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy, and another featuring the Piano Concerto No. 4 with Yefim Bronfman should remind us of his remarkable leadership. Clubby and exclusive SoundBox features music of American superstar composer John Adams in February celebrating his 70th birthday year, but the late-night venue is a tough ticket. DSH will offer a better seating opportunity mid-month with Adams’ thought-provoking The Gospel According to the Other
Mary. Ragnar Bohlin’s SFS Chorus joins guest soloists, the Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro to bring director Peter Sellars’ libretto from texts by feminist writers to blazing life. March will see MTT on the podium for concerts featuring Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Bruch’s gorgeous Concerto No. 1 with violinist Nicola Benedetti. He closes the month with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. We’ll talk about the rest of the
rich 2017 season later. Across Grove Street, life also goes on at the San Francisco Opera. The summer season will soon be upon us, and anticipation runs high for three artistically varied productions. The menu ranges from Verdi’s luridly dramatic Rigoletto to Mozart’s towering Don Giovanni. Making his SFO debut in the title role, renowned Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo should be a strong attraction. Also making his debut is eminent French conductor Marc Minkowski. Summer ends with Puccini’s perfect little heart-breaker La Boheme. The production from 2014 by awardwinning scenic designer David Farley is staged amidst a gallery of canvases by Marcello – the painter in the story. It lends a feeling of intimacy and insight to the characters. For now, there will be familyfriendly and edgy performance events keeping the lights on at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. A workshop aimed at the very young, First Act: The Little Prince is an affordable chance for parents and friends to introduce kids to opera. The exploration of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic set in opera by Rachel Portman is meant to nurture social development and musical involvement. To paraphrase Miss Jean Brodie, “Give me children at an impressionable age, and they are mine for life.” The delightfully hopeful enterprise takes place on
the morning of Feb. 11. For those of us already in their prime, the Taube Atrium Theater presents a ripped-from-the-headlines (and social media) event, The Source, composed by Ted Hearne with a libretto by Mark Doten in a six-performance run starting Feb. 24. The classified info and surrounding hysteria related to Chelsea Manning’s association with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are probed in a mixed-media presentation that tries to get at the heart and soul of the troubled whistleblower. You can bring drinks into the theater, and you might want a double. The Taube Atrium venue encourages relaxed, intimate and immersive concert experiences, but also provokes lively audience response. Recent presentations in 2016 offered chances to hear Ian Robertson’s brilliant San Francisco Opera Chorus Out of the Shadows and out of stage make-up, and another get-together, Up Close: The Strings, that showcased members of the SFO Orchestra with Concertmaster Kay Stern and Resident Conductor Jordi Bernacer presiding. The programs were just right: not overlong, but still able to give an in-depth look at the wonderful musicians we rarely get to see without opera glasses. The Atrium needs to gain some mileage before it achieves the desired ambience, but there is already a friendly feeling in the air, and the innovative prospect is heartening.t
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Mural fragment with warrior bird, 6th century AD. Earthen aggregate, lime plaster, and mineral pigments. Coming to Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire at the de Young Museum.
SoundBox will feature music of American superstar composer John Adams in February.