Art Parties, Openings, and Fests in OAK & SF
By Kirsten Chen (w/ window dressing from Alex Mak)
Did you say ‘MORE ART PLEASE’? Well, good. The weather’s nice and there are lots of art openings, parties, festivals on both sides of the bay in May. Here’s just a few in the next week or two.
INTERNATIONAL ART, TECH, MUSIC
MUTEK.SF, a new three-day electronic music (no, not that kind of EDM) and art festival. If you like AI, AR, or blockchain, learn about how these technologies can inspire new kinds of digital creativity. The fest kicks off at Cal Academy Nightlife, there will be ambient techno DJ sets by the Vague Terrain crew and Topazu. Be sure to reserve a Planetarium Pass when you get there, the Dome will be showing ‘mind-bending’ audiovisual works by experimental artists at ART TECH NIGHTLIFE. The fest will be all over the places this weekend; Bimbo’s, California Academy of Sciences, Gray Area Grand Theatre, Envelop SF, Herbst Theatre, Heron Arts, the San Francisco Mint, Mezzanine, and The Midway.
Thursday-Saturday May 3-6, 2018
DIGITAL TOOLS IN A POST-CAPITALIST FUTURE
Watch a short animation loop from artist Eva Davidova that imagines a post-capitalist future manipulated by computers. She combines 2D animation and photography to explore the limitations of technology to authentically represent humanity. Intentions. Transfer and Disappearance II is part of the Imaging Post-Capitalism Festival that the gallery is co-producing.
INTENTIONS BY EVA DAVIDOVA
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 8:30PM
PRO ARTS GALLERY
150 FRANK H. OGAWA PLZ
BRINGING THE GALLERY HOME
Local artist Sofie Ramos makes her curatorial debut by inviting five mixed medium artists to play with the idea of home at this gallery in the Dogpatch. Find beautiful and chaotic inspiration for updating your living room decor with Alise Anderson’s rug manipulations and Terry Power’s paintings.
PLAY HOUSE OPENING RECEPTION
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 6PM
AMPERSAND INTERNATIONAL ARTS
1001 TENNESSEE ST
Art Is Women Redux | Oakland First Fridays
This May is Oakland’s first ‘Art Month’. Meaning the entire month of May is dedicated to promoting events, performances, and shows that highlight the diversity of artists and work created in Oakland. Dope, right? “Art Is Women” is about supporting small local artists, food makers, performers and retailers run by women of the Bay Area and bey. This First Friday is going to be packed with even more art, artists, and all the live music and food you’re accustomed to.
Oakland First Fridays
Friday May 5th, 5 PM – 9 PM
West Grand Ave and Telegraph, Oak
First Friday’s Site
FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE FOR THE GIRLS
Starting your First Friday at this all womxn art show and pop-up shop in the heart of downtown Oakland. Support these artists and vendors by shopping the paintings, prints, pins, and other cute (but not too cute) goods up for sale. Come early to get first dibs on clothes from Old Moon Vintage, and embroidery on the spot by Samantha Saavedra. The artists are also available for other work– visiting tattoo artist Sarah Daya is booking customers while she’s out here.
PILLOW FIGHT! DIY POP UP SHOP
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 6PM
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 12-9PM
GOODMOTHER GALLERY 408 13TH ST
FINE ZINES, FINE PRINTS AND FINE CARS
You might remember Tiny Splendor for the amazing artists they publish and bring to every zine fest. Their two-month show has a free-standing zine habitat in a vintage auto showroom (with a beer garden!). This group of Oakland’s finest printmakers will also be selling ‘year of the dog’ prints for those of you that can’t get enough of their DIY. There will also be a collaborative mural with Jeff Cheung of Unity Press and other local artists.
TINY SPLENDOR & FRIENDS OPENING NIGHT
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7PM
CLASSIC CARS WEST
411 26TH ST
FRIDAY NIGHT FOG
YBCA’s new exhibit, ‘Futurefarmers: Out of Place, In Place’, features imaginative, environmentally-conscious projects that try to activate art’s potential to change society. This collection of short films inspired by the ocean and San Francisco’s fog is the first of many public programs relating to the show.
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7PM
BAY VIEW BOAT CLUB
489 TERRY A FRANCOIS BLVD
LIL B, AN EXTREMELY RARE ARTIST
Bay Area rapper and artist, Brandon “Lil B” McCartney will be presenting photographic works and ‘extremely rare art’ to inspire more positive thinking. This event is the first in his upcoming series of lectures across the country, so don’t miss the opportunity to witness the Based God’s unrestrained creative expression at the BAMPFA.
LIL B: EXTREMELY RARE PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART COLLECTION ISSUE #1
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 4PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
A STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
Take a step back from your week and enjoy the serenity of the paintings in Heather Day’s solo show. The local artist decided to stay in San Francisco (instead of New York or wherever she’s always flying to), and found inspiration in the everyday moments that occurred.
HEATHER DAY – KEEP STILL OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 6PM
HASHITOMO CONTEMPORARY 804 SUTTER ST
DIVE INTO THE CULTURE
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by supporting Bay Area native Yarrow Slaps at his first solo show. Like water, his paintings are a powerful reminder of the precariousness that rule the love, food, relationships in our lives. He’s also invited some of his famous artists (is calling them “The Art Figaz,” as a homage to Bay Area rap legend, Jacka and the Mob Figaz) to exhibit in the space.
MORE WATER: YARROW SLAPS OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 6PM
1295 ALABAMA ST
EXPLORE IDENTITY WITH POETRY
Listen to a collaborative poetry performance and readings that explore the Asian Pacific American identity with She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. Issues like voicing the #metoo movement from the perspective of Southeast Asian and Vietnamese bodies will be explored through a mix of genres. Readings and performances will take will take place throughout the day. The streets will also be closed for Sunday Streets, so the community should come out.
APA HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION: SHE WHO HAS NO MASTER(S)
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 11AM
ASIAN ART MUSEUM
TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD
Continue the conversation about the city’s housing crisis in a more academic context. This afternoon discussion is led by Professors from Princeton and CCA, as well as the Urban Design Policy Director of SPUR. With the ever-growing amount of Salesforce Towers in mind, San Francisco has seen a machine-like evolution in its form.
FROM TRANSAMERICA TO SALESFORCE TOWER: SAN FRANCISCO’S URBAN FORM & FUTURE
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2PM
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM
Howweird Street Faire
A large street faire full of costumes, EDM stages, and art installations! Live art, exhibited art, and interactive art. Plus local artisan / maker / crafts vending. Be enchanted by the extraordinary creativity! This is the first year they are ticketing the event, so it should be a little bit more organized…but not too much! I’m sure it’s still going to be full of wonderful Bay Area freaks, and big ol’ dance floors with great DJ’s and sound camps.
Howard St, between 1st & 2nd st.
Sunday May 6th, 12pm-8pm
AGE, SURVIVE AND THRIVE
This exhibition came into being because of a San Francisco Chronicle story – and subsequent film – Last Men Standing, about men who never expected to live after being diagnosed with AIDS. Some long-term survivors are members of a San Francisco Group, Honoring Our Experience, and local artist Diane Sciarretta conducted workshops with them (called Bodyscapes) to create drawings and poetry pertinent to their decades of living with HIV/AIDS. The Opening reception will have chocolates, sparkling beverages, and drawings and poems by long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS.
Art Saves Lives Gallery at 518 Castro Street
opening reception Sunday, May 6
Art, Rock&Roll, Dance, and Theater at Transform Fest
YBCA’s new festival celebrates the power of ideas with two weeks of incredible dance, music, and artistic performances. The shows are already hella affordable but OUR readers get a special 2-for-1 on tickets. And there are some world-class performancers on the schedule; visually stunning dance (Capacitor, Printz Dance Project), incredible music (Black Women Rock!, DJ Spooky, Mark de Clive-Lowe), and innovative, interdisciplinary theater driven works (Roger Guenveur Smith with Campo Santo, Okwui Okpokwasili, Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera).