July at ARC : As usual, ARC is the epicenter for South of Market’s cutting edge galleries with their current show, dealing with a controversial topic that never goes out of style – or gets resolved for that matter: “Sexism, “Sexism: A Touchy Subject.” Sexism today is a touchy subject. Sex, when used as the basis for discrimination is called sexism, a term coined in the 1960s. Yet even now, a half century later, a definition has never reached consensus.
If our sexual identity is unconscious it makes our often extreme reactions hard to understand let alone explain. Yet it pervades all cultures and personal experience fundamentally. Bodily autonomy. Economics. Motherhood. The responding political movements reverberate with gender memes as we lurch blindly into the future looking for justice, looking for satisfaction, looking for love.
The gender “wars” are exhausting. But is it better to avoid the topic? What is just, when it comes to a woman?
Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Women’s Caucus for Art – http://www.svwca.org
EXHIBTION: July 3-25, 2015. At Arc http://www.arc-sf.com/
Hung salon style with no focus except her eclectic tastes in art, the retrospective at Gallery Paule Anglim honors Paula’s 50 years as a forerunner in the Bay Area art scene.
“Retrospective.” An Exhibition Commemorating Paule Anglim and Her 50 Years of Collaboration With Artists: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, video, collage and assemblage. Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St., S.F. (415) 433-2710.
“TransCuba” at RayKo Photo Center: For 35 years, Mariette Pathy Allen has taken pictures of transgender people and communities in the United States, watching a movement unfold from something quiet, something kept close, to something loud, something shouting for visibility. That history brought Allen to Cuba for a conference about transgender health and to the dark club for a night out. “It was very lively, a lot of fun,” she says and she was captivated by the community and how they survived under Castro.
Allen captures the transgender community of Cuba through vibrant color photographs. Her images document the details of the everyday lives of her subjects engaging with family and friends and the community at large, revealing the growing visibility and acceptance of transgender people in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency.
TransCuba: Through July 31. RayKo Photo Center, 423 Third St., S.F
An exhibit about an imaginary time in art? Come with your skeptical glasses on but the clever exhibit will still fool you into thinking that this really happened.
The first installment of a new Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition series: “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art” could fool even the most scholarly art historian – at least for a while. The delight in this exhibit is not the art itself (blank blue canvass in elaborate frames) but the clever take on many pretentious insider art monographs and theories.
Taking a cue from the series’ inspiration, the Jewish tradition of havruta, or the study of religious texts by pairs of scholars, Bay Area artist Anthony Discenza teamed with New York writer Peter Straub on the project.
In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Through July 14. $5-$12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. (415) 655-7800. www.thecjm.org.
SFWA Gallery reopens: After months of renovation and some unanticipated delays, San Francisco Women Artists opened the doors to their new gallery at 647 Irving St. on July 1st, with an opening reception to follow on July 9th. The gallery will feature a collection of paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, and other art from Bay Area women, plus a few men. Classes, receptions, and other activities to engage the community are also set to roll out in the coming months.
While the gallery is new, the nonprofit is California’s oldest arts organization. Founded in 1887 by a group of exhibiting women artists, they originally called themselves the “Sketch Club” and met to share and critique one another’s work. The women were well educated, many having studied with the best artists in Europe. Several prominent artists exhibited with the group, including Frida Kahlo, whose first public exhibition took place with them in 1932. The gallery has made several moves in the last decade, looking for the best location; their decision to finally open a new space on Irving Street was partially based on the neighborhood “vibe” plus access via public transportation.
SFWA is a nonprofit, member-based, volunteer-run organization. Membership levels range from artists, some of whom volunteer, to student artists and non-exhibiting supporters. Membership is open to anyone, male or female, who supports the group’s mission. If you’re interested in joining or learning more, visit their website, or drop by their gallery on 647 Irving St.
647 Irving Street at 8th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
10am to 6pm
Tuesday through Sunday
Albert Oehlem: A student of Sigmar Polke, Albert Oehlen is a painter’s painter. During the ’70s, he was part of an art scene that included Martin Kippenberger, and he proved to be a key innovator in the revival of painting, being among the first to relate the medium to digital technology. On the occasion of his New Museum survey, he singles out some of his career highlights.