CATCH IT | April 2016


photo credit: Flora Grubb | Gingersnap Blog

April is an important month for us here in the Bay. It's the time when the rains are finishing their work, the soil around us is rich and fertile and all around us life begins to bloom.


It seems only fitting that as plants and flowers begin to emerge, we also take a moment to celebrate where they come from — which is why we are reminding everyone that Friday, April 22 is Earth Day. Art is everywhere — earth, moon and sky. Take time to do your part in giving back to this amazing place we get to call the ultimate art studio! If there are little ones in your life, teach them too the importance of treating earth and this amazing Bay with kindness. A few ideas - spend an afternoon in a local garden like Berkeley Rose Garden or San Francisco's Flora Grubb, plant a tree in a deserving urban space, channel your inner-Andy Goldsworthy by making an earthwork or up-cycle a cardboard box to a cool canvas for your next painting a la John Burgerman. Whatever you do, have fun and get creative for earth-sake!


A few April highlights: The Asian Art Museum, the BAMPFA, De Young Museum and the Oakland Art Museum all have exhibits closing mid-April. Make time to catch any that interest you before they move on. Reminder, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive is hosting Family Fare on the second Saturday of each month throughout spring. See details below.


Happy earth, Happy us!




To See This Month : Bay Area

Museums

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM & LIBRARY

ONGOING

The second floor museum regularly hosts traveling and original exhibitions that highlight the art, history, and culture of African Americans.

ASIAN ART MUSEUM

EXTRACTED: A TRILOGY BY RANU MUKHERJEE

NOV 6, 2015 — AUG 14, 2016

PROTOTYPING
NOV 13, 2015 — APR 10, 2016
HIDDEN GOLD: MINING ITS MEANING IN ASIAN ART
MAR 4 — MAY 8, 2016
CHINA AT THE CENTER: RARE RICCI AND VERBIEST WORLD MAPS
MAR 4 — MAY 8, 2016
PEARLS ON A STRING: ARTISTS, PATRONS AND POETS AT THE GREAT ISLAMIC COURTS
FEB 26, 2015 - MAY 8, 2016

CHINESE LACQUERWARE

NOV 10, 2015 — JUL 31, 2016

ELEPHANTS WITHOUT NUMBER

NOV 24, 2015 — JUN 26, 2016

JAPANESE LACQUERWARE

DEC 9, 2015 — JUL 17, 2016

BAMPFA (Berkely Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive) NOW OPEN

The new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro opened February 3, 2016

Review Here

FAMILY FARE

SPRING 2016 - Second Saturday of Each Month

Connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage the entire family

ARCHITECTURE OF LIFE

JAN 31–MAY 29, 2016

DOCUMENTARY VOICES 2016

FEB 10–APR 13, 2016

FULL

JAN 1–DEC 31, 2016

ARCHITECTURE OF PLANT LIFE: FOUR GARDEN TOURS

FEB 11–APR 17, 2016


CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM SF

ROMAN VISHNIAC REDISCOVERED R

FEB 11–MAY 29, 2016

IN THAT CASE: HAVRUTA IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Jenny Odell and Philip Buscemi

JAN 28–JUL 5, 2016

LAMP OF THE COVENANT: DAVE LANE

ONGOING

HARDLY STRICTLY WARREN HELLMAN

ONGOING

DE YOUNG MUSEUM


BRICE DAVIDSON: GIFTS TO THE COLLECTION

FEB 27 – SEP 11, 2016

GALLERY 12

OSCAR DE LA RENTA: THE RETROSPECTIVE

MAR 12 - MAY 30

HERBST EXHIBITION GALLERIES

LEGION OF HONOR


PIERRE BONNARD: PAINTING ARCADIA

FEB 6, 2016–MAY 15, 2016

ROSEKRANS COURT, SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERIES 20B-F

SUBLIME BEAUTY: RAPHAEL'S PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A UNICORN

ENDS APR 10, 2016

GALLERY 1

THE WORK IN A BOOK: "THE NUREMBERG CHR