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The Metamorphosis of SFMOMA

With the recent gallery and nonprofit closures and downsizings, and artist evictions, the Bay Area art world is undergoing tough times. Even our traditional freewheeling Bohemian ethos looks endangered. Our larger art institutions, however, are thriving, with new museum facilities under construction in Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco.

Full-tilt Fall Arts Preview

The fall arts season offers exciting programming across many genres.

The new BAM/PFA

Whether you’re running a museum or a pizzeria, location is paramount. Currently nestled adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum is perfectly accessible and yet a tad out of the way, unless you’re student or faculty member. Same goes for the affiliated Pacific Film Archive, displaced from the BAM building some years ago due to seismic concerns and ensconced in a theater a few blocks west. Hence the excitement, from audiences and curators alike, about BAM/PFA’s new $100-plus-million home reuniting the two that is under construction in downtown Berkeley at the site of a former UC printing plant.

Tips on Photography

The digital age has ushered in instant sharing of almost every image imaginable. Within seconds, images of you—including the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly—can be viewed by hundreds, even thousands of people. If you find yourself shuddering more than smiling at pictures of yourself, take the time to see how you can look your best before your next snapshot.

JaYing Wang Masters the Mosaic

Markings of Milestone

You know a gallery is a nexus of civilization when the Minister of Culture himself exhibits there. In June, Joyce Gordon Gallery hosted the prints of graphic artist Emory Douglas, who held that title in the Black Panthers and was responsible for the artwork in its newspaper in the 60s and 70s.

Tweaking Art and Soul

When downtown Oakland’s first Art + Soul festival debuted in the summer of 2001, it had one sponsor, one stage, and one small crowd. Yet the weekend festival steadily grew each year after. By its 10th anniversary, Art + Soul encompassed 10 city blocks around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and City Center, and MC Hammer, En Vogue, and CAKE headlined in honor of the special occasion. More than 25,000 people came—Art + Soul’s largest crowd.

Markings of Milestone

You know a gallery is a nexus of civilization when the Minister of Culture himself exhibits there. In June, Joyce Gordon Gallery hosted the prints of graphic artist Emory Douglas, who held that title in the Black Panthers and was responsible for the artwork in its newspaper in the 60s and 70s.

Remembering Dream Francisco

John Francisco works hard to keep the legacy of his brother, Mike “Dream” Francisco, alive. Dream, a prolific Oakland graffiti artist, was the fatal victim of an armed robbery in Oakland in February 2000. His murder left behind a hole in the Bay Area hip-hop community and also an infant son, Akil.

Miriam Infinger Breaks Free Through Art

Miriam Infinger’s family loaded up their trailer and headed West from Illinois, finally settling in Alaska, where she grew up alongside the boy who would eventually be Sarah Palin’s pastor.