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Culture, Art Private Time: The Violence and Absurdity of Selfies

Private Time: The Violence and Absurdity of Selfies

At a time when the selfie is ascendant — when its practitioners include the Pope, Barack Obama, and Kim Kardashian; when Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" 2013's Word of the Year — it's worth remembering the genre's art-world progenitors. They helped…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Free First Tuesday Museum Day Roundup

Free First Tuesday Museum Day Roundup

San Francisco recently surpassed New York as the most expensive place to live in the U.S. This should not come as a shock to anyone who's ever paid $72 for a parking ticket or $7 for a bottle of "organic"…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Dating the World's Most Famous Photographer: Paul H-O's <i>Guest of Cindy Sherman</i>

Dating the World's Most Famous Photographer: Paul H-O's Guest of Cindy Sherman

Probably not coincidentally to the ongoing Cindy Sherman exhibit at SFMOMA, the feature this past Friday night at Oddball Film + Video was the documentary Guest of Cindy Sherman, directed by Paul H-O and Tom Donahue. Though Oddball is SF…
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Calendar, Night&Day Broke, but Not Broken

Broke, but Not Broken

San Francisco recently surpassed New York as the most expensive place to live in the U.S. This should not come as a shock to anyone who's ever paid $72 for a parking ticket or $7 for a bottle of "organic"…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse Movie Listings August 22-28, 2012

Arthouse Movie Listings August 22-28, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Bloodrape: Follows the journey of an "all-girl-vampire-hardcore-thrash-punk band.". Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m. $6. GAZE: Screening #2, Labor/Memorial: international shorts by women filmmakers. Sat., Aug. 25, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. The…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink in Art: Blue Bottle's Glittery Ice Cream Float at SFMOMA

Drink in Art: Blue Bottle's Glittery Ice Cream Float at SFMOMA

Blue Bottle at SFMOMA elevates desserts to works of art by taking inspiration from the museum's exhibits and permanent collection (we wrote about the Mondrain cake and other treats back in 2009). For the next few months they're serving a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist See these Stunning Films for Free at SFMOMA, Courtesy of Cindy Sherman

See these Stunning Films for Free at SFMOMA, Courtesy of Cindy Sherman

The Cindy Sherman exhibit at SFMOMA has been getting plenty of well-deserved buzz from media outlets including but not limited to SF Weekly itself, and of course there are those banners that you can't miss if you travel for more…
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Culture, Art "Cindy Sherman": Three Decades of Disguises at SFMOMA

"Cindy Sherman": Three Decades of Disguises at SFMOMA

In the late 1980s and early '90s, Cindy Sherman created a series of photographic scenes that challenged even some of her most ardent fans. Plastic female torsos were depicted with objects protruding from their sexual organs. Stretches of surfaces were…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Provocative Photographs of Cindy Sherman

The Provocative Photographs of Cindy Sherman

"Cindy Sherman, who has been working since the mid-'70s, continues to innovate and take risks," said Eva Respini of The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), who organized "Cindy Sherman," the new retrospective of the artist's work at…
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Film, The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's <i>Hunger</i>

The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's Hunger

Established artists who've made midcareer leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing. Julian Schnabel's first feature was a flop; Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman never got any further than theirs. But British video…
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Culture, Art Mrs. Vera &#151; the Cindy Sherman of Drag

Mrs. Vera — the Cindy Sherman of Drag

It turns out that the answer to the question we've all been asking — what would happen if the Cockettes and Cindy Sherman had a baby? — can be found right now in a creaky, squirreled-away second-floor gallery on Minna…
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Calendar, Night&Day Even Better Than the Movie

Even Better Than the Movie

She was punk before punk, feminist before the Third Wave, and a proud mestiza before the word Chicana had even been invented. She is genderfluid, Christlike, and forever double-impaled by a broken body and her love for a strange man.…
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Music, New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

Great books about music inspire readers to become listeners. Successful tomes of photojournalism do more: They transport audiences to other places and times. New York Noise: Art and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88 is a companion to a…
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Culture, missing The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room

Nikki S. Lee is a master of the quick-change. She peers back at you from every wall of her current exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, clad one moment in fishnets and fuchsia hair, the next in a…
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