Mike Henderson: Honest to Goodness
September 13 - November 17, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Honest to Goodness celebrates the work of pioneering African American artist Mike Henderson, bringing together a selection of key works from a dynamic practice that spans more than fifty years.
September 14 - December 14, 2019
Proving Ground at the University of Utah’s Nora Eccles Harris Museum of Art, features large-scaled photographs and video from David Maisel’s series of the same name. Proving Ground investigates the surreal landscape and architecture of Dugway Proving Ground in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert, a classified military compound which serves as a test site for chemical and biological weapons.
Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography
July 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020
San Francisco, CA
Looking Back marks the 10th anniversary of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, and includes core photographers from the Foundation’s collection. The exhibition includes works by John Chiara, and embroidered vintage photograph by Maurizio Anzeri is featured in “About Face”, a portrait presentation in the main gallery.
Ansel Adams: In Our Time
May 23 - September 7, 2020
The iconic landscape photography of Ansel Adams is displayed alongside contemporary artists whose modern-day environmental concerns point directly to Adams’s legacy, including Binh Danh’s daguerreotypes of Yosemite National Park. Developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ansel Adams: In Our Time travels to Crystal Bridges in May 2020.
The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archives at the Center for Creative Photography
December 14, 2019 - May 9, 2020
The Qualities of LIGHT celebrates the legacy, a significant early photography gallery, by focusing on characteristics identified by those who visited, worked, showed, and were impacted by the gallery—including Linda Connor.
September 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020
St Louis, MO
A major solo exhibition by Ai Weiwei, Bare Life presents a series of new large-scale works and site-specific projects by the renowned Chinese artist, in dialogue with some of his most iconic works, some on view in the US for the first time.
Encounters: Honoring the Animals in Ourselves
September 14 - December 29, 2019
Palo Alto, CA
Shiva Ahmadi’s stunning animated video work, Ascend, features in an exhibition in which artists draw from the characteristics, behaviors, and archetypes of the nonhuman animal world to examine themes of kinship, identity, hybridity, death, and love.
25 Years of Luminance: A Celebration Event Honoring Linda Connor
Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 4pm - 7pm
25 Years of Luminance honors internationally renowned photographer Linda Connor, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of her monograph, Luminance (Woodrose Publishing, 1994).
how the light gets in
September 7 - December 8, 2019
Bringing together an international group of 58 artists and artist teams and collectives, including Shiva Ahmadi and Ai Weiwei how the light gets in engages with themes of migration, immigration, displacement, and exile.
Clapping with Stones: Acts of Resistance
August 16, 2019 - January 6, 2020
New York, NY
Curated by Sara Raza, Clapping with Stones examines social, cultural, and political events through a local and global lens, offering unique perspectives from 10 contemporary artists, including Shahpour Pouyan.
July 9 - August 31, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Likenesses brings together works by 7 contemporary artists from around the world — Maurizio Anzeri, Kota Ezawa, Mike Henderson, Taha Heydari, Matt Lipps, Aimé Mpane and Shirin Neshat — to examine the genre of portraiture, and its conventions, possibilities, and limitations.
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The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China
June 2, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
The Allure of Matter brings together Chinese art from the past four decades, by artists including Ai Weiwei and Zhan Wang, in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression. Following its premiere at LACMA, The Allure of Matter will travel to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, IL; the Seattle Art Museum, WA; and finally the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
Meghann Riepenhoff: Nearshore
June 15 - August 11, 2019
Meghann Riepenhoff harnesses the elusive forces of nature—wind, waves, tides, rain, and light—to create unique cyanotypes that become dynamic recordings of the environments in which they were made. Nearshore brings together works generated at the water’s edge. In each piece, we see visual evidence of phenomena such as the great wildfires in the Northwest, and tidal charts informed by the rhythms of the ocean in Bolinas.
Here on Earth
June 8 - August 4, 2019
The Center for Photographic Art brings together works by four leading photographers in a new exhibition that illustrates the environmental issues challenging the planet today. The exhibition includes aerial photographs from David Maisel’s series American Mine, Lake Project and Mining Project, which survey the intersection of land and our human need for its resources from a rarely acknowledged perspective.
Insight: Paintings by Mike Henderson
May 31 - June 30, 2019
In a solo exhibition by Phil Linhares, a selection of paintings by Bay Area painter, musician and filmmaker Mike Henderson demonstrates the artist's range, breadth, and depth of feeling and vision.
May 30, 2019 | 6pm-7pm
Kansas City, MO
Celebrated UK land artist Andy Goldsworthy discusses his new project, Walking Wall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, within the context of a career exploring the intersections between art and the natural environment.
What is an edition, anyway?
May 24 - September 7, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Kota Ezawa is included in a group exhibition that takes a look at artistic approaches to photography, performance, illustration, technology, and installation, to explore the notion of an edition as an idea reproduced in limited quantities. What is an edition, anyway? is the Bay Area version of an exhibition of the same name, at Chicago’s Mana Contemporary in 2018.
May 21 - 28, 2019
John Chiara’s new solo exhibition Angyalföld, features a series of new urban images depicting the titular district of Budapest, created during his 2019 residency at the Budapest Art Factory. Brightly colored negative photographs capture the distinct beauty and architectural texture of homes and landmarks of the Angyalföld district.
Self Landing: Daguerreotypes on the Western Landscape – A Lecture by Binh Danh
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
For the past six years, Bay Area photographer Binh Danh has been traveling across the West, making scenic daguerreotypes in a mobile darkroom he called Louis, after Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process in 1839. As part of Stanford University’s ArtsWest initiative, Danh will be giving a presentation and lecture at the university.
May 18 - September 1, 2019
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opens his largest exhibition in Europe to date simultanousely at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’s K20 and K21, featuring large-scale works and extensive wallpaper that transform the museum galleries into dense, accessible installations.
Eyes in the Air
Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:30am
In conjunction with Photo London 2019, Bay Area photographer David Maisel will be taking part in a panel discussion alongside Miskha Henner and Jeffrey Milstein, and curated by William Ewing, on aerial photography and the opportunities – and limitations – of new ways of looking at the world.
Kinetics: Art in Motion
May 5 - August 11, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA
Digital interactive artist Camille Utterback is included in Kinetics: Art in Motion, a group exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County featuring contemporary California artists who create kinetic art, reflecting a variety of styles and modes of movement.
A History of Photography
May 3 - October 20, 2019
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, A History of Photography examines the intersecting histories of photography and space exploration by artists including Linda Connor. A source of artistic inspiration, scientific inquiry, and popular fascination, the moon has long been an important subject of visual culture since before the invention of photography.
Self Service: Twenty-Five Years of Fashion, People and Ideas Considered
April 13 - August 18, 2019
London-based Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri is included in Self Service, a group exhibition celebrating the fashion magazine of the same name. The show features large-scale projections of Anzeri’s unique embroidered portraits of celebrities such as Bjork, Tilda Swinton and Kate Moss. The show will also travel to Paris and Tokyo.
Haines Gallery at Frieze New York 2019
May 2 - 5, 2019
Booth C15, Randall’s Island Park
New York, NY
Haines Gallery proudly presents the work of multimedia artist Kota Ezawa at Frieze New York 2019. Works on view include his seminal video, The Simpson Verdict; a video and related lightboxes from his recent series, The Crime of Art; and new works on paper from his latest series, National Anthem.
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Celebrated Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian passed away at her home in Tehran on April 20, 2019, aged 96.
Born in Qazvin, Iran, Monir spent over sixty years articulating her expansive creative vision through her mirrored mosaics, sculptures, and works on paper that fuse the sacred geometry of the Middle East with the reductive abstraction of high Modernism. She was one of the most important artists of her generation—in Iran, and internationally—and left an indelible mark on contemporary art.
Having first received significant attention for her work at the 1958 Venice Biennale, Monir would go on to exhibit her artwork at major institutions worldwide, including a traveling retrospective in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY and the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2014-2015). In 2017, with the opening of the Monir Museum in Tehran, Monir became the first female artist in Iran to have a museum dedicated solely to her work.
The artist is survived by two daughters, Nima and Zahra, five grandchildren, Amir Aziz, Darya, Tari, Touran Taj, and Mah Manzar, and four great-grandchildren.
April 13 - October 6, 2019
Mexico City, Mexico
Ai Weiwei’s latest solo exhibition in Mexico City’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo explores the social, political and cultural traumas experienced in Mexico and his native China. New works on view examine the destruction of cultural heritage and our relationship with our ancestors; and the trauma signified by the attack on the future, which presumes violence against young people.
SFAI Film Department x Canyon: Mike Henderson
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute’s Film Department and Canyon Cinema present a screening of early experimental films by Bay Area painter, musician, filmmaker, and SFAI alumnus Mike Henderson. The program is part of a series of screenings celebrating 50 years of filmmaking at SFAI.
Monday Recollections of the Murqarnas Dome
April 2 - 28, 2019
In his first institutional solo exhibition, Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan presents new works that explore ideas of human preservation and perception of images. The show features works on paper drawn after the now-destroyed Muqarnas dome of Sharaf ad-Dawla near Mosul, drawn from the artist’s memory.