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Lawrence and Anna Halprin, California Historical Society The environment as a stage: Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s experiments
Alessandra Saviotti |

I usually go running at Stern Grove, a park very popular among San Francisco’s music lovers because of its yearly free music festival. Every time I pass by the natural amphitheater, I don’t feel I …

Adelita Husni-Bey, Kadist Art Foundation Movement Break: Adelita Husni-Bey investigates sport as a metaphor of life’s endless performance
Alessandra Saviotti |

    Do Epic Shit. This statement was written on a huge black advertising board in downtown San Francisco last February. At a first sight it made me smile, then it started to make me …

Vincent Lamouroux, Vincent Lamouroux’s Projection: A call to notice yourself through a deep reflection of what we presently face
Emily Kramer |

    Coming upon Vincent Lamouroux’s white washed building is like finding the perfect black dress. It looks great during the day, accessorized by a casual blue sky and also transitions well to night, the …

Pierre Huyghe at LACMA Los Angeles Pierre Huyghe at LACMA: Unexpected Pleasures and Disappoinments
Olivia Fales |

To naysayers of contemporary art, Pierre Huyghe’s retrospective at LACMA is bound to be the last straw. To an open mind, it will have a positively jostling impact. Huyghe’s body of work is as contemporary …

Margaret V. Haines’ film Coco Coco’s journey in Margaret Haines’ art film
Robin Newman |

“The rings of Saturn start to look like one cosmic noose,” so proclaims Coco as she loops a nameplate necklace. Coco is the lead of Margaret V. Haines’ film Coco, which tells the story of …

Samara Golden, Hammer Museum, Make Something of Yourself. Made in L.A. 2014
Emily Kramer |

“If you are committed to love, courage, magic, fearless adventuring into the unknown, and continuous expansion for all on this earth and beyond, please take a booklet.”  The invitation from artist Jennifer Moon is written …

John Altoon, LACMA John Altoon: Little-known giant, now at LACMA
Olivia Fales |

The work of John Altoon is anything but innocuous, yet its playfulness can lead you to think otherwise. His paintings and works on paper burst with color; his ink drawings sizzle. Looking at Altoon’s work …

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Craft in America Center Contemporary glass at Craft in America Center
Olivia Fales |

The popular notion of glass-as-ornament loses ground at the Craft in America Center, where their current exhibition of studio glass, Seeing Into It: Messages in Glass, is on view through the end of June. Featuring the work …

Maggie Lawson, 100 Strong 100 Strong: Connecting through the power of food
Olivia Fales |

Artist and chef Maggie Lawson draws a clear distinction between ceremony and ritual. A ceremony is a way of formalizing an event in a community; a ritual can be inscribed within that ceremony, or it …

Alan Sekulla. Untitled Slide Sequence. 1972. Secrets and Lies at MCASD
Esther Lee |

Secret and Lies is an exhibition on view now at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown that discusses the implicit lie of the art object and presents work that studies this phenomena. Straddling …

Josh Begley, SFMoMA Symposium-fest at SFMoMA
Olivia Fales |

For a museum that’s closed for construction, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been very active. Their tagline says it all: “We’ve temporarily moved…everywhere.” One recent weekend SFMoMA was, indeed, all over San Francisco. …

Jiehao Su, Actual Size China’s land, sea, and sky. In Search Of Home by Jiehao Su at Actual Size LA
Olivia Fales |

It’s no accident that the Roman poet Ovid began the Metamorphoses, his epic poem of change and unrest, with the creation and arrangement of land, sea, and sky—artists of all stripes are drawn to transformations, …

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