On-Going to January 5, 2014 – Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University: Visit the first major museum retrospective of contemporary artist and 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. Weems is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience. On view are more than 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos offering an unprecedented survey of Weems’s 30-year exploration of the universal human journey, especially as affected by race, gender and class. The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Open Wed – Sun 11 am – 5pm, Thurs 11 am – 8pm.
Monday, November 4th – Keltie Ferris, Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, SFAI 7:30 pm: Brooklyn based artist Keltie Ferris’ works are large, gestural, and uncannily layered paintings. She has been identified as an integral part of a new generation of abstract artists, and a provocative contributor to the faux-naïf resurgence. By combining various forms of mark-making in large abstracted works—including spray painting, taping and stenciling, and applying and scraping paint with a palette knife—Ferris excavates and blurs a history of painting within each canvas. This lecture is free and open to the public with a social hour in the SFAI Cafe from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Located in the lecture Hall of SFAI, 800 Chestnut Street.
November 14 – December 21 – Ranu Mukherjee Apparitions at Gallery Wendi Norris: Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work investigates the figure of the nomad as well as an imagined personal history of relations between Indian and European/US culture. Mukherjee employs a variety of mythological, socio-economical and natural imagery, articulating relationships between the compressed spaces of the body, stage and picture plane. Ultimately the work unveils these ‘apparitions’ as conduits between what is real and barely imaginable. The opening reception is on Thursday, November 14th, Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street.
November 9 – March 2, 2014 – Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley: SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester. ~ www.sfmoma.org