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Wednesday, Sep 3 2008

Group Show: The Wizard of Oz
Artwork that takes L. Frank Baum's classic children's book as its theme. Since the show is at the California College of Arts' gallery, it promises to go beyond the source material.
Sept. 2-Dec. 13 at Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries, 1111 Eighth St. (at Hooper), S.F. Call 551-9210 or visit

Sarah Walker: Beacons, Floaters, and Lost Objects
Walker layers her paintings and drawings with latticelike patterns, building images that are abstract but at the same time structured.
Sept. 4-Oct. 11 at Gregory Lind Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny), fifth floor, S.F. Call 296-9661 or visit

Body Language II: Deidre DeFranceaux, John Denning, Christine Nelson
Sculptures themed around the body. The highlight is Nelson's creepy kinetic inflatable sculptures, which resemble shed human skins.
Sept. 11-Nov. 6 at Sculpturesite Gallery, 201 Third St. (at Howard), Suite 102, S.F. Call 495-6400 or visit

Brion Nuda Rosch
Rosch transforms the gallery's storefront into a functioning ice cream stand with a visiting cast of artists who will create objects for the store.
Sept. 15-Oct. 11 at Southern Exposure, 417 14th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Call 863-2141 or visit

The Totoro Forest Project
In Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's film My Neighbor Totoro, the titular character's name means "keeper of the forest." Miyazaki has become something of a totoro himself, establishing a fund to preserve Japan's urban forests from development. The Totoro Forest Project features more than 200 pieces of artwork by animators, comic artists, illustrators, and fine artists. The pieces will be auctioned and then put on display.
Sept. 20-Feb. 8 at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), S.F. Call 227-8666 or visit

Defining Modern: Florence Knoll Bassett
One of the rare women who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen, Florence Knoll Bassett came to define mid-20th-century functional interior design. Here, she displays her collection of modern furniture.
Sept. 24-Oct. 25 (with a reception for Knoll Bassett at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24) at the Academy of Art University's 79 Gallery, 79 New Montgomery (at Mission), S.F. Admission is free; call 618-6305 or visit

Koralie, Word to Mother, Mitsy Avila Ovalles
Painters with different, creative approaches to "street" style. Koralie paints little girls dressed in cute futuristic takes on traditional Japanese clothing, Word to Mother paints on found wood, and Mitsy Avila Ovalles renders products and characters from her childhood in collage-esque still-lifes.
Through Oct. 31 at Fifty24SF Gallery, 252 Fillmore (at Laussat), S.F. Call 252-9144 or visit

Captain and Commander: New Works by Henry Lewis and Keli Reule

Lewis works in oil paint, which gives his classical-meets-fantasy paintings a luminous quality, while Reule takes a sketchier but no less effective approach to landscapes and streetscapes.
Oct. 2-Nov. 1 at 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), S.F. Call 974-1719 or visit

Nina Katchadourian
Katchadourian's artwork lends itself to Internet memes – and in fact, two of her projects have made the rounds of, a nerdy trend-watching blog. Back in 2007 it was her Sorted Books Project, in which the titles of stacked books become poems. Then there was her Mended Spiderweb Project, in which she used thread to try to "repair" broken spider webs. Both characterize her work: intellectual, playful, and wonderfully disorienting.
Oct. 4-Nov. 15 at Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna (at New Montgomery), S.F. Call 399-1439 or visit

Paul Zografakis
Performance and installation artist Zografakis plays around with ideas of social acceptability and idols. His past performances have included transforming himself into a parade float, and putting on every T-shirt he owned simultaneously.
Oct. 11-Nov. 8 at Little Tree Gallery, 3412 22nd St, (at Guerrero), S.F. Call 643-4929 or visit

Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered
When Andy Warhol's "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" was displayed at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1980, it got mixed reviews. The New York Times said "its contribution to art is nil," while Art Forum averred, "The paintings are staggering." Here's your chance to decide for yourself, as the series is shown in its entirety. The portraits include Sarah Bernhardt, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, the Marx Brothers, and Gertrude Stein.
Oct. 12-Jan. 25 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. Call 591-8800 or visit

Vernacular Bodies: A Solo Exhibition by Ana T. Fernandez
Fernandez presents sculptures created to draw attention to the vulnerability of single women in border towns.
Oct. 24-Dec. 20 at Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), S.F. Call 826-8009 or visit

The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres
This ambitious program brings together a diverse group of artists to create interactive, participatory, and installation pieces at the museum and off-site. The huge theme is one that has obsessed a cross-section of architects, foodies, and artists lately: how to incorporate nature and agriculture into urban environments.
Oct. 31-Jan. 11 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. Call 978-2787 or visit

Theresa Ganz
The San Francisco Art Institute grad creates wall sculptures of flowers and vines that are often perfectly symmetrical, defying our concept of chaotic nature. Nov. 19-Dec. 24 at Steven Wolf, 49 Geary (at Kearny), S.F. Call 263-3677 or visit

Fall Arts Guide

Choreographer Erika Chong Shuch by Nirmala Nataraj
Events to check out this fall

San Francisco Jazz Festival by Eric K. Arnold
Classical and Opera events

Museums & Galleries:
Relics Revisited by Traci Vogel

Litquake by Jonathan Kiefer
Fall Books by Bay Area authors

Loretta Greco by Chloe Veltman
Fall Theater Events

Fall Films

About The Author

Traci Vogel


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