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Event Type: SHOW

2017-04-01 to 2018-01-31  

Pier 24

Pier 24, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 512-7424
email: info@pier24.com
website: Pier24.org

NOTE: You must go to the Pier24 website and schedule an appointment to view this exhibit

Pier 24 Photography's ninth exhibition examines the work of ten photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection--Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand--whose works share a commitment to looking at everyday life as it is. Each of these figures defined a distinctive visual language that combines formal concerns with a documentary aesthetic, and all of them participated in one of two landmark exhibitions: New Documents (1967) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, or New Topographics (1975) at the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester. The exhibit displays the work of these ten groundbreaking photographers alongside six contemporary practitioners of the medium--Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, and Vanessa Winship. This generation embodies Wessel's notion of being "actively receptive": rather than searching for particular subjects, they are open to photographing anything around them. Yet the contemporary works seen here do not merely mimic the celebrated visual languages of the past, but instead draw on and extend them, creating new dialects that are uniquely their own.


Event Type: SHOW

2017-12-07 to 2018-01-27  

SF Camerawork

1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Fri 12:00 PM-6:00 PM;  Sat 12:00 PM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 487-1011
email: info@sfcamerwork.org
website: www.sfcamerawork.org

This traveling exhibition, curated and organized by Cara Goger of the Mariposa County Arts Council, features the work by Binh Danh, Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe, Ted Orland, Millee Tibbs, Jerry Uelsmann


Event Type: SHOW

2017-09-22 to 2018-01-20  

San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness, #325, San Francisco, CA 94102

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 252-2244
email: meg.shiffler@sfgov.org
website: www.sfartscommission.org/gallery/

An idea of a boundary is a group exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery that explores how we create and recognize boundaries.

This exhibition takes a less political, more intimate and poetic look at artists who provide a unique lens to the notion of space in both subtle and challenging ways," says SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler.

The title, An idea of a boundary, comes from the opening paragraph of The Dispossessed, a novel by influential writer Ursula K. Le Guin, in which a low stone line indicates a delineation between two spaces. This short wall could be crossed at any point, but society has learned to stay clear of it. The artists in this exhibition present works that make boundaries visible, and then they question why they exist and what hold they have over us.

New York-based artist Park McArthur will exhibit a series of small photographs of various thresholds and corridors, illustrating how architecture and placement can complicate and possibly bar the accessibility of a place. Taken by an employee of a gallery in London at the request of McArthur, these images position off-hand gestures such where a stack of chairs are stored or the slackness of a curtained doorway can act as a subtle boundary.


Event Type: SHOW

2017-09-16 to 2018-01-29  

Monterey Museum of Art

559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

adults   $10.00, others   $.00

Hours: Mon 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Thu - Sun 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (831) 372-5477
email: info@montereyart.org
website: www.montereyart.org

Robert von Sternberg is a contemporary documentary photographer who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the past 50 years.

Von Sternberg often travels with his wife Patricia off the beaten path, finding and photographing roadside attractions and other often overlooked material structures. Often photographing scenes at night, many of his images feature artificial lighting that gives an almost surreal glow to the street scenes.

In his photographs, Robert von Sternberg explores man’s intrusion on nature without photographing humans at all. Instead, he captures man’s impact on the environment through what we leave behind. Signs, buildings, monuments, and other man made materials show our impact on the earth, even without our immediate presence.


Event Type: SHOW

2017-11-04 to 2018-01-20  

Photolab Gallery

2235 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM;  Sat 10:00 AM-4:00 PM;  Sun 11:00 AM-3:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (510) 644-1400
website: www.photolaboratory.com/gallery.html

Adrienne Defendi has been photographing for over thirty years, and lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her life-long interests in memory and myth, narrative and nostalgia, inform and contextualize her photographic expression. In her varied series, she explores family narratives and the fragility of life.

Exhibit curation by Irene Imfeld


Event Type: SHOW

2017-11-03 to 2018-01-31  


431 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 AM-6:30 PM;  Sat 10:00 AM-3:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (510) 681-1141
email: greg@archerbike.com
website: www.facebook.com/archerbicycle

Northern California photographers, Diana and Larry Coleman, return to Art@Archer with a new collection. Their work is as varied as it is exciting, as they take on new subject matter, as well as returning to some old standards.

The Colemans will be available for your comments and questions at First Friday receptions in November and December.

The entire exhibition is available for you to preview HERE.


Event Type: SHOW

2017-11-04 to 2018-02-01  

San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Event is Free

Hours: Mon 10:00 AM-5:30 PM;  Tue - Thu 9:00 AM-7:30 PM;  Fri 12:00 PM-5:30 PM;  Sat 10:00 AM-5:30 PM;  Sun 12:00 PM-4:30 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 557-4400
email: info@sfpl.org
website: https://sfpl.org

The James C. Hormel Center is pleased to present a new photographic exhibition by Gary Watson. The exhibit consists of 19 black-and-white prints of Houston transwoman Alexis Hollada. Watson took the portraits of Hollada over the course of several months, and each photograph has accompanying text pulled from an interview the artist did with the subject. The photos and captions tell Hollada’s story in her own words—from her youth to her growing self-awareness and her experiences as she made her transition, as well as her desire to support others during their transitions.


Event Type: LECTURE

2018-02-02   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Slate Contemporary

473 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (510) 652-4085
email: info@slateart.net
website: slateart.net

Phillip Griswold + Michael Azgour. Two SLATE contemporary artists Phillip Griswold and Michael Azgour, explore the convergence of painting and photography in Blurring the Lines, which highlights abstract landscapes and figurative subjects. Artist talk and tour: Friday February 2 | 6:30pm


Event Type: SHOW

2017-12-14 to 2018-01-27  

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Fri 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;  Sat 10:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 677-0770
email: sf@jenkinsjohnsongallery.com
website: www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce There Is No Alas Where I Live, a photography exhibition focusing on the works of nine Bay Area photographers: Wesaam Al-Badry, Johanna Case-Hofmeister, Hiroyo Kaneko, Kathya Landeros, Eva Lipman, Paccarik Orue, Mimi Plumb, Josh Smith, and Lewis Watts. Ann Jastrab, former gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, has selected images from the various projects of these documentary photographers. Collectively their pictures speak of the strength of humanity and the triumph over odds. Life can be so magnificent and challenging simultaneously. Photographs are documents of this dichotomy and photographers are witnesses, participant-observers, and those who present truths. Beauty and truth. The title of this exhibition, There Is No Alas Where I Live, taken from a Theodore Roethke poem*, signifies that there may be grief and concern in this life, but there is no pity and there is no regret.


Event Type: OPENING

2018-01-25   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

de Saisset

Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, adjacent to Mission, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (408) 554-4000
website: www.scu.edu/desaisset/

The photographs featured in Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection capture exuberant moments of performance, the ecstatic energy of enraptured audiences, as well as more intimate and reflective moments of well-known performers. The collection of photographs also provides insight into United States cultural history. The exhibition is comprised of 34 photographs that portray artists from varied genres in music and dance including legends from the uniquely American art forms of jazz and modern dance.

The photographs in this exhibition range from the 1920s into the 1980s and include images of some of the most iconic jazz performers: Miles Davis, John & Alice Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy, Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie. There are also images that feature members of local communities entertaining their neighbors and others yet highlighting the diverse audiences attending these performances and being swept into the energy provided by captivating performers.

Taken as a whole, the images hint at the power that our American art forms, and particularly jazz music, have played in uniting audiences and bridging communities.

The artworks on display are by 16 photographers who are as dynamic as their subjects: Aaron Siskind, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Arthur H. Fellig, Barbara Morgan, Chuck Stewart, Eduard Van Der Elsken, Edward Steichen, Gjon Mili, Gordon Parks, Jonas Dovydenas, Lisette Model, Marc Pokempner, Michael L. Abramson, Milton J. Hinton, Paul D’Amato, and William Gottlieb.


Event Type: SHOW

2017-12-02 to 2018-01-20  

Smith Andersen North

20 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Fri 12:00 PM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 455-9733
email: info@smithandersennorth.com
website: http://www.smithandersennorth.com

Smith Andersen North is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition, Constructs, by Peggy Greenfield, featuring a new collection of her sculptural photographic images. Building on her experience as a sculptor, photographer, and painter, Greenfield's new digital artwork draws from traditions of collage and surrealism.

Greenfield's past work explored photographic aggregates as she focused on assembling collections of her distinct photographic images into different clusters. Each photograph in a given cluster reflected a sliver of reality, however when put together with related images they created a unified and unique essay.

Her new digital work builds on the concept of communication through conjoined photographs. Here, Greenfield employs technology to alter and combine disparate images so they share a single space. The unified visualization is thus a "real", but not an authentic, representation. The newly constructed images become energetic metaphors that bridge the void between the possible and the impossible and create their own visual essays.


Event Type: LECTURE

2018-01-25   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SF Camerawork

1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 487-1011
email: info@sfcamerwork.org
website: www.sfcamerawork.org

BINH DANH, renowned for his elegant use of antiquated photographic processes, uses the daguerreotype in his ongoing Yosemite project. The resulting jewel-like photographs of Yosemite’s grandiose landscape also allow viewers to see their own mirrored reflection on the image’s surface. This juxtaposition is especially important for Danh, a Vietnamese-American artist, whose work addresses the relationships between immigrants, the American landscape, and identity.

Landscape photography is uniquely wedded to the National Parks, and specifically to Yosemite. Many famous photographers have had a storied history with Yosemite-- their work not only shares and celebrates the landscape’s grandeur, but also examines our relationship to wilderness and conservation. The contemporary artists selected for this exhibition bring new representation and varied voices to the genre of landscape photography, strengthening the rich relationship between the medium and Yosemite, while also blazing new conceptual and technical ground with their work.


Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-11 to 2018-01-28  

Gallery Wendi Norris

649 Old Mason Street, Presidio National Park, San Francisco, CA 94129

Event is Free

Hours: Wed - Sun 12:00 PM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 346-7812
email: info@gallerywendinorris.com
website: www.gallerywendinorris.com

Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons addresses the unique and resilient nature of the Afro Cuban diaspora through photography, sculpture, performances, and video installations. Her West Coast debut and first exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris, presents works ranging from 1990 to 2017, including three major installations, rare large-format Polaroid photographs, and a performance work.

Among the significant works in the exhibition are gridded variations of large-format Polaroid photographs depicting ancestral, totemic and futuristic themes ranging from the slave trade to migration. Polaroid manufactured only four large-format cameras and they have been used by very few artists, including Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter and William Wegman. The company ended production of the film in 2017 making existing works increasingly rare.


Event Type: OPENING

2018-01-27   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Arc Gallery and Studios

1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Event is Free

For more information:

email: ArcGallerySF@gmail.com
website: http://www.arc-sf.com

Featured artists: Rose Borden, Adrienne Defendi, Anthony Delgado, Dan Fenstermacher, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Ralf Hillebrand, Ken Hoffman, Thomas Lavin, Ari Salomon, Angelika Schilli, Cindy Stokes, Denise Tarantino, & Nick Winkworth

ANTHROPOSCENE: The changes made to the natural landscape by Homo Sapiens are the subjects of many socially engaged photographers these days. Richard Misrach and Edward Burtynsky, for example, find visual beauty and power in the industrial culture, while depicting as well their effects on and sometimes damage to the environment. If we are now used to seeing all human land use as insidious capitalism run amok, nineteenth-century landscape photographers like Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, who worked for corporate interests and wealthy patrons a century ago in an age of industrial expansion, were neutral in tone, documenting both the grandeur of nature and what they saw than as the indomitable genius of human will and creativity. Something of this ambivalent tone pervades as well the 1970's New Topographics movement of Lewis Baltz and others, which documented the “man-altered landscape” with the ironic humor and cool observation appropriate to the era of Pop and Minimalism. The typological studies by Bernd and Hilla Becher of blast furnaces and other industrial architecture have a compelling beauty despite the strict functionality (with slight variations) of their similar designs.

If the industrial-sized mistakes of our Anthropocene period, i.e., the geologic era marked by human activity, seem to augur eco-catastophe, the humanized landscape still affords us visions of beauty and even transcendence (and sometimes humor). The photographers of Anthroposcene peruse the contemporary world, finding meaning and even moments of grace within the dynamic human landscape of global capitalism.


Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-05 to 2018-01-27  

Joyce Gordon Gallery

406 Fourteenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Event is Free

Hours: Wed - Fri 10:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Sat 1:00 PM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (510) 465-8928
email: info@JoyceGordonGallery.com
website: www.joycegordongallery.com

Joyce Gordon Gallery brings in the new year with, “Reflections and Silhouettes,” an exhibition by PhotoArtist, Gene Hazzard. The exhibition is designed with the purpose of providing the observer with an alternate perspective on how they view Photo images that is often ignored or overlooked.

Gene Hazzard’s REFLECTIONS demonstrates his use of photo composition that have a mirror like reflection whether it’s the Warriors’ NBA Championship Trophies in 2014-2015 or 2016-2017; through the reflection of Zekia Hooker’s sunglasses or a motorcycle helmet. Hazzard’s SILHOUETTE photo compositions represent single images like that of Greg Bridges or where the SILHOUETTE is incorporated into the total composition of the saxophonist of John Handy or the pianist impresario of Dr. Glen Pearson.


Event Type: AUCTION

2018-01-21   -

Clars Auction Gallery

5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (888) 339-7600
email: info@clars.com
website: clars.com

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian San Francisco: Sierra Club 196 Portfolio of fifteen (15) gelatin silver prints, Edition 195 (of 260)

Jan 20 – 21, 2018



Event Type: PHOTO WALK

2018-01-20   11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

S-3 Photowalk

Fremont Art Association, 37697 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (510) 742-0546
website: s3-photowalk.com

The hills are greening again so lets start the year with a walk in Garin Park. We will either go through the Garin Ave entrance or the Dry Creek staging area entrance depending on conditions and who shows up.

This is a walk on dirt trails and fireroads and will have an uphill component, we will take it slow :)

Bring appropriate garments with some rain protection. If it is raining or if it rained heavily on Friday we won't walk because it is very muddy. Feels like 5 lbs on each foot.

Bring your tripod or not as is your preference, a hat and a water bottle never hurt...

We ask attendees to sign a liability waiver to participate in our events.

Hope to see you there!


Event Type: OPENING

2018-01-27   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Casemore Kirkeby

1275 Minnesota Street, #102, San Francisco, CA 94107

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 851-9808
email: info@casemorekirkeby.com
website: casemorekirkeby.com

Stutter Shutter is a solo exhibition of 13 photographs by Whitney Hubbs.

Stutter Shutter:

  • Pretend self-portraits
  • Sometimes real self-portraits
  • A cavity that molds together flesh and material
  • A stammered sequence of pictures to conjoin the material and immaterial
  • Trial and error
  • Accepting the limitation
  • And other picture


Event Type: OPENING

2018-01-20   2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Minnesota Street Project

1240 Minnesota Street, Minnesota Street Project Studios, San Francisco, CA 94107

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 243-0825
email: mrharbour@gmail.com
website: minnesotastreetproject.com

Photography is a place where light and its control hold primacy. It is a recording studio whether what finds itself committed to tape is well rehearsed – all choreographed moves and negatives whose translation to paper is a fait accompli, or improvised, free-form, the players converging each with agendas and tendencies. A fake ‘or’: more likely it is like most things: a bit of both. The chemistries at play do their part; so does the light of the place itself. In Rachelle Bussière’s works the capture of place typical of photography is forestalled to that final stage in which light and paper and shape and time push against one another; a delicate rendering of simple forms carries something of the place of its making in some spectral sense of this particular sun’s travels through this particular atmosphere, these clouds.

Rachelle Bussières received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of the 2015 Graduate Fellowship Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and the Award for Excellence from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in 2008 and 2009. In 2015, she received an Honorable Mention for the Snider Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. In 2016, she had a solo exhibition at Robert Koch Gallery that was reviewed by Art Forum as a critics' pick. Her work has been included in many group shows in San Francisco, Paris, New York, London, Bodo and Vienna. In 2017, she was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre and at the Vermont Studio Center where she was awarded grants for both residencies. She is currently a Charter Resident at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco.


Event Type: OPENING

2018-02-02   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

1-2-3-4 Go Records

420 40th Street #5, Oakland, CA 94609

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (510) 985-0325
website: 1234gorecords.com

Opening and one-night only exhibit!

Aaron and Jeremy Cometbus: Long-lost photos from the formative years of East Bay punk