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Events: Summer 2007 Art Exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area

Going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area during the summer of 2007? Here's a survey of art exhibitions that will be on display (I omit spring shows that are closing in June). It's not uncommon for large exhibitions to be shown during the summer and early fall, but that doesn't seem to be especially the case this year. Still, there's a good variety of special exhibitions, and of course the region's permanent collections are always worth a return visit as well.This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers the major museums. Let me know if I've left anything important out. I'll probably have more to say later on some of these shows.


Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales: Woodblock Prints from Edo to Meiji

May 26–September 2, 2007

One hundred prints (some pretty spooky) by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892).



Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga

June 2–September 9, 2007

More than 200 works by a pioneering manga artist.


Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas

OpensApril 18, 2007

Classic and contemporary art ranging from the northwest coast to Mesoamerica, stressing the theme of continuity.

oropalloDeborah Oropallo, George, 2007. Pigment print. Collection of the artist

Guise: Recent Prints by Deborah Oropallo

17 March 2007 —16 September 2007

Deborah Oropallo (b. 1954) layers internet images of contemporary women with 17th- and 18th-century portraits of men.

guoruiShi Guorui, de Young Tower (detail), 10/23/2006. Unique gelatin silver print photograph. Courtesy of the artist

Shi Guorui: Reproduction and Refashioning

26 May 2007 —23 September 2007

Pinhole photographs on an extremely large scale by Shi Guorui (b. 1964).


Nan Kempner: American Chic

16 June 2007 —11 November 2007

Fashion favorites of the late Nan Kempner, who often made best-dressed lists.


Hiroshi Sugimoto

7July 2007 —23 September 2007

A retrospective of the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Japan). Sugimoto seems to be hot -- he will also have an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in the fall. (That is a focused exhibition on a single theme, while this is a survey.)

de kooningWillem de Kooning, Untitled (Two Figures), ca. 1947. Oil, watercolor, charcoal, and graphite. FAMSF, Museum purchase, gift of Mrs. Paul L. Wattis

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1998–2007

23 June 2007 —2 September 2007

Prints, drawings, and photographs.

ballainGeoffroy Ballain, Fatuitas (Foolishness), from the book Emblemata… (Antwerp: Plantin [under the direction] of Raphelengius, 1608)

The Art of Instruction

14 April 2007 —12 August 2007

Books from the 16th through the 20th centuries whose purpose was to instruct and educate.

minickRoger Minick (b. 1944), Yosemite National Park, 1980. Dye coupler print, 16”x20.” Oakland Museum of California Prints and Photographs Fund.

Yosemite: Art of an American Icon

May 19–August 26, 2007

Painting and photography inspired by Yosemite. Organized by the Museum of the American West, Autry National Center, in Los Angeles

dawsonRobert Dawson, Private Property, Lake Tahoe, California (Farewell, Promised Land project),1988. Oakland Museum of California, gift of Steven and Sandra Wolfe.

The Edge: Where California Culture, Critters, and Environment Collide

June 2–October 7, 2007

Explores boundaries between human and nature in Californian.

chorpashRama Chorpash for CulinHome™Décor Knife Collection: Hibiscus, Splash!, and JAX, 2006Courtesy Rama Chorpash

California College of the Arts at 100: Innovation by Design

Friday, March 23, 2007 - Sunday, August 26, 2007

Works by CCA alumni and staff.

munkacsiMartin Munkacsi, Lovely autumn: the last warm days of sunshine, ca. 1929; Courtesy Ullstein Bild; © Joan Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi: Think While You Shoot!

May 12 to September 16, 2007

Some 125 vintage photographs, magazines, and layouts from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, presenting a career retrospective serves of Munkacsi’s photographic work.






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