January 5 to March 2– A Cure for Everything at Haines Gallery: This group exhibition brings together work by nine artists working in photography, print, and video. Employing alternative or experimental techniques, each of the artists in the show push the boundaries and possibilities of how we picture the landscape. The exhibition’s title is drawn from Isak Dinesen’s short story, The Deluge at Norderney, in which four strangers at a seaside resort trade tales as they seek refuge from rising floodwaters. As in Dineson’s writing, the works featured in A Cure for Everything picture the sea and nature, as place for healing and regeneration. Artists included in the exhibition are Johanna Billing, John Chiara, Linda Connor, Kota Ezawa, Binh Danh, Roy Lichtenstein, David Maisel, Chris McCaw, and Meghann Riepenhoff. Haines Gallery is located at 49 Geary Street, Suite 540.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2:30- 5:30pm
January 4 to February 10– Lana Williams: Whole Hole at Interface Gallery: The title, Whole Hole, is a homophone referencing formal qualities in the work, and implies the idea of something that is complete or perfect even when appearances are not. Lana Williams’s interest in the structure of the canvas and the relationship between paintings and frames serves as a way for her to think about boundaries, expectations, and desires. Often, the canvases do not fit within their frames or even frame the frames themselves. In her abstract painting, hinges attached to the paintings suggest movement and highlight the interdependence between painting and frame as well as negative and positive spaces. Color and texture play an important role in Williams’ work, creating a dynamic sense of movement and depth. Interface Gallery is located at 486 49th Street in Oakland.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 6- 9pm
January 16 to April 14– Black Refractions at Museum of the African Diaspora: The exhibition was created by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Studio Museum in Harlem is a sanctuary, foundation, and steward for artists of African descent around the world. The landmark exhibition explores the vital contributions of artists of African descent, proposing a plurality of narratives of black artistic production and multiple approaches to understanding these works. Black Refractions surveys close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent. The exhibition includes over sixty works by over fifty artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present. Museum of the African Diaspora is located at 685 Mission Street.
January 17 to 20– FOG Design + Art Fair at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion: FOG celebrates today’s most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts. The fair assembles 45 leading international galleries, both prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers. FOG has become a focal point for the design and arts communities on the West Coast. The fair offers an intimate presentation of art and design in the historic Fort Mason. Building on FOG’s longstanding commitment to cultural institutions, the fair will support SFMOMA’s exhibitions and education programs. FOG represents a key moment in which the local and global community congregate to engage in critical dialogue, artistic exchanges and a shared passion for creative pursuits. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion is located at 2 Marina Blvd.
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Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, 5pm– Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: Considered among the most influential video and performance artists emerging from the late 1960s, Jonas continues to create new bodies of work that consider subjects like the figure in the landscape, the ritual use of object and gesture, and the fragility of the natural environment in the age of the Anthropocene. In conjunction with the exhibition, Jonas will present two live performances of Moving Off the Land, a mesmerizing tribute and poetic response to the power of the ocean. The multi-layered performance brings together readings, dance, live drawing and projections to portray the ocean’s biodiverse inhabitants and endangered marine cultures. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is located at 2 Marina Blvd.
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January 18 to 20– Untitled, Art at Pier 35: Untitled, Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. Pier 35 is located at 1454 Embarcadero.
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January 25 to March 30– Part and Parcel at the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC): This spring marks forty years since the Iranian revolution disrupted a nation and laid the groundwork for global conflicts in the following decades. It resulted in millions of lives being displaced and dislocated, and initiated a shift in the politics of the region that deepened a complicated rift between conflicting ideologies, resulting in an ongoing exile for Iranians in diaspora across the world. The exhibition questions: What does it mean to belong? How do specific places affect our ability to be included or excluded from belonging? And how does one negotiate identity in a new space when dislocated from self-defining cultural, political, geographical, or social aspects from another? The four featured artists, Tannaz Farsi, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sahar Khoury, and Minoosh Zomorodinia examine crossings and becomings, systems and processes, nature and language, time and histories, and remnants of the everyday, in their various multidisciplinary projects. SFAC is located at 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6- 8pm