Magical Elements of the Floating World, December 3, 2014 - May 31, 2015

Mills College Art Museum

Japanese woodblock prints are known as ukiyo-e, which translates as “pictures of the floating world.” The exhibition examines aesthetic and conceptual considerations of woodblock print production. Including depictions of landscapes, women, natural disasters, and mythological figures, the works in the exhibition demonstrate the artists’ innovative uses of pictorial space, color, and printing processes to create dramatic compositions and a sense of otherworldliness.

Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke, November 14, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Asian Art Museum

Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke is the first U.S. exhibition of paintings by the Japanese artist, who died in 2005. Ishida blended dreamlike realities with everyday life and melancholy isolation with bizarre wit, producing a body of work that triggers strong emotions but actively resists easy explanation.

Dohee Lee: MAGO, November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

MAGO blends traditional Korean arts and shamanism in a modern context. Through her intensive practice and application of ritual, Lee embodies content that is at once ancient and spiritual, and pushing the boundaries of modern performance. MAGO also references the current political/environmental crisis in Lee’s hometown of Jeju Island as a universal symbol of the trans-generational trauma that underlies our collective family and home history.

Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, November 7, 2014

San Francisco Art Institute

Concurrent with the landmark Ai Weiwei exhibition @Large (presented by the FOR-SITE Foundation on Alcatraz Island), ArtTable and San Francisco Art Institute are pleased to present a screening of Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, and a public lecture by Lucy Lippard.

Kota Ezawa: The Aesthetics of Silence, November 6, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Haines Gallery

Kota Ezawa’s latest body of related works—which includes silver gelatin prints, light boxes and a new video installation—focus on the protagonists of American modern art, as well as the European artists who helped lay the groundwork for abstract painting. Translating historical photographic portraits of artists such as Kazmir Malevich, Agnes Martin and Ad Reinhardt into his singularly flat, pared-down style, Ezawa enacts a surprising reversal, printing in gelatin silver on fiber-based paper, a process that highlights the obdurate materiality of the photograph and transforms well-circulated images into unique editions.

Binh Danh: This, Then, is San Francisco, November 6, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Haines Gallery

Binh Danh’s latest series of daguerreotypes focuses on the San Francisco cityscape—rendering scenic vistas, sites of civic engagement, and familiar street scenes all with the exquisite detail that only his chosen medium can capture. This body of work is many things at once: an homage to a place the artist loves; a nod to the daguerreotype albumen prints by pioneering photographers like Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, who focused on the developing San Francisco metropolis during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and a politically charged effort to freeze an important moment in San Francisco’s history—a dynamic time of economic growth, disparity and displacement.

I’m Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights, November 2, 2014 - December 11, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Though Ai Weiwei’s new art project, @LARGE, is on Alcatraz, he would be the first to admit no man is an island. A series in solidarity, I’m Weiwei addresses many of the issues that confront this great Chinese artist—basic human rights, free expression, incarceration, abuses of state power—but it does so by examining how an individual’s personal principles connect to a greater cultural good.

Surabhi Saraf: Remedies, October 25, 2014 - November 26, 2014

Hosfelt Gallery

Remedies is inspired by the artist’s family’s pharmaceutical factory in Indore, India, where seventy people, using quasi-archaic machinery, produce tablets, capsules and syrups. The first two works in Saraf’s series reflect on the production of the tablets and the capsules in separate installations, each involving a central video projection and video box sculptures.

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Asian Art Museum

An eye-opening look at the largely unknown ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this exhibition draws on recently discovered archaeological material never before seen in the United States. Roads of Arabia features objects excavated from several sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, tracing the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Mediterranean cultures in the north. Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations.

Artist Lecture Series: Ying Zhu, October 22, 2014

Mills College Art Museum

In her interdisciplinary art practice, Ying Zhu explores the confluence of cultures and identities. She studied art at University of China as well as University of Nebraska. She has shown her work extensively in the Midwest and is currently an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Fabricating Art: Stephanie Syjuco Studio Visit, October 18, 2014

Workshop Residence

Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire.

18th Annual Arab Film Festival, October 10, 2014 – October 23, 2014

The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, October 10, 2014 – December 14, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world’s greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou’s early works, including screenings of his first three, extremely rare commercial films.

Contemporary Ink: Li Huayi, Wang Tiande, Zheng Chongbin and Lu Chuntao, October 4, 2014 – November 8, 2014

NanHai Art

Contemporary Ink will present four artists whose distinctive styles represent a contemporary impetus in the practice of ink art. Regarded in China as one of the forms of “high art,” ink painting has maintained its presence over the years in large part due to the technical discipline of artists and art schools that focused on maintaining traditional skills, with a scholarly emphasis on mastery of the medium.

Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066, October 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Museum of Craft and Design

The Tag Project consists of 120,000 replicas of the paper identification tags that internees were forced to wear when they were being relocated. The tags are grouped into ten sculptural bundles and suspended from the ceiling, each bundle represents one of the camps. They evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced.

Breathe with Jung Ran Bae, August 28, 2014

Asian Art Museum

How do you fill an empty space with a sensory experience? Artist Jung Ran Bae takes this question as a source of inspiration to create an experience where touch, sight and sound help to shift perceptions.

Tradition on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection, Aug. 19, 2014–April 5, 2015

Asian Art Museum

Highlighting 22 works by 20 artists, this exhibition celebrates selected Japanese contemporary works from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection of San Francisco. The works demonstrate how contemporary Japanese potters appreciate and continue the long tradition of ceramics, but at the same time depart from convention in search of the new.

Salma Arastu: Celebration of Calligraphy, August 16, 2014 – November 16, 2014

Triton Museum of Art

These Arabic word paintings, syntheses of traditional Arabic calligraphy, Persian miniatures, and Arastu’s freehand improvisations, make visible not a divinity, but humanity’s essential unity beneath the divisions of class, race, gender, nationality or religion.

Madame Freedom, Han Hyeong-mo, August 10, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

As Steven Chung, the Korean Studies scholar based at Princeton, notes, “the women’s melodrama of the late 1950s was arguably one of the most important and influential of the period’s mass cultural products.” Melodrama is still a huge part of South Korean film, so much so that it seeps into other genres such as horror or war films.

Rebel as Creator: The Art of Liu Kuo-sung and His Students, August 9, 2014 – September 13, 2014

NanHai Art

NanHai Art is pleased to present Rebel as Creator: The Art of Liu Kuo­sung and His Students. This is the first San Francisco Bay Area exhibition of Master Painter, Liu Kuo­sung.

Pop-up Art Show with Artist Kim Jung Gi, August 8, 2014

SOMArts Cultural Center

Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea whose art work has attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years. This will be Kim’s first-ever appearance in San Francisco. He has the ability to visualize the drawing before making his marks.

Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, August 7, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) was an Indian filmmaker and one of the true masters of world cinema, known for his deeply humanistic approach. He made his films in Bengali, a language spoken in West Bengal, the eastern state of India, and Bangladesh.

Jane Kim, Wearing a Baby Pink Mesh Night Gown and Gold Glitter on My Third Eye Cutting Up Some Fruit in the Kitchen at 11:11 While Dreaming of the Beach and Listening to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” Album on Repeat, August 7, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Clark’s Unicorn Emporium

For her solo exhibition at Clark’s Unicorn Emporium, Jane Kim presents an assortment of candy-colored abstract mixed media paintings, collages, and sculptures composed of reused materials such as beads, random photographs, plastic fruit, stickers, string, fabric, wire, and a pink and navy blue striped shoulder pad.

The Hole, Tsai Ming-liang, July 20, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Somewhere in Taiwan, the rain won’t stop. A mysterious disease reaches epidemic proportions. A young man uses the giant hole in his living room floor to spy on his downstairs neighbor, a woman who stockpiles toilet paper and dreams of singing and dancing.

From Two Arises Three, The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, July 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Asian Art Museum

When Chinese ink painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney met for the first time in 2007, they recognized a compatibility between Chang’s personal brushwork and Cherney’s granular photographs, which recall the aesthetics of ink painting.

From Two Arises Three: Creating a Third Space, Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, July 14, 2014

NanHai Art

Both Chang and Cherney are hybrid artists. Chang is of Chinese and Western heritage; his strong foundation in traditional ink painting is balanced by myriad Western art influences. Cherney has been based in China for many years; his work centers around combining photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials and formats most closely associated with traditional Chinese ink painting.

Yuezhou: Viewing and Discussion with Michael Cherney, July 13, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist Michael Cherney unrolls his extraordinary handscroll Yuezhou (Procession of Ships), a recent BAM/PFA acquisition, and guides us through viewing it.

Project Mah Jong, July 13, 2014 – October 28, 2014

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

From the 1920s through the 1960s, the living rooms of many Jewish American homes resounded with lively exclamations of “crak, bam, dot!” and the distinctive clacking of tiles. This was the heyday of the Chinese game of mah jongg in the United States—a game with a rich history in the Jewish American community, especially among women.

Yoshitomo Saito, Ethos in Bronze, July 10, 2014 – August 30, 2014

Haines Gallery

Organic forms from Saito’s native Japan and current environment in Colorado fill the exhibition. He explores this perennial interest with a new approach, grinding all or part of each work’s surface to reveal and revel in the natural hue and texture of the bronze.

Into the Nearness of Distance, Summer Mei Lee, July 10, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Chinese Culture Center

Into the Nearness of Distance explores the fragile relationship between absence and presence and the human relationship to the unknowable. Capturing a sense of longing for but inevitable failure to reconnect with ancestors who once lived in Chinatown, Lee’s work focuses thematically upon the universality of generational estrangement from a rooted but also distancing culture.

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