Jun 21, 2013

Art Around Town

by charlotte miller

Today is the official start of summer but for us in San Francisco, that means the start of our infamous cold weather! Beat the SF summer blues by heading indoors to see these five must-see art exhibitions around town!

George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. 
Photography: Frederic A. Reniecke, FAR Photography.
Courtesy of Museum of Craft and Design

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller
July 13 - September 22, 2013
Museum of Craft and Design 

We are thrilled that the Museum of Craft and Design finally reopened their doors this past April at their new location in Dogpatch. The Museum of Craft and Design will serve as the last stop for the exhibition, Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller, on view July 13 through September 22, 2013. The exhibition explores the intersection of art and design through the collaborative design thinking process of world-renowned West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. On display will be drawings, models, prototypes, photographs, oral histories, and original designed objects the depict the making of many masterpieces of 20th and 21st century design by such artists as Gilbert Rohde, Ray & Charles Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, Robert Probst, Steve Frykholm, Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, and others.

Richard Nixon, Bebe and I, Brookline, 2013, pigment print
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery

Nicholas Nixon: New Work
On view through July 27, 2013
Fraenkel Gallery

If you have not yet seen photographer Nicholas Nixon's exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, then head to 49 Geary Street to see it on the next rainy Saturday. Nixon is known for his captivating portraiture imbued with rich, telling detail. His most famous series is of the annual portrait he started in 1975 of his wife and her three sisters. The works currently on view are intimate self-portraits of himself and his wife. The exhibition will be on display through July 27, 2013. 

Elisheva Biernoff, Sonzai shinai: Tsushima leopard cat (detail), 2013, acrylic on plywood 
Courtesy of the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery

Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?
On view through July 21, 2013
Asian Art Museum 

In this exhibition, contemporary artists were asked to respond to the question: what is Asia? This three-part exhibition enables artists with varying degrees of understanding of Asian art and culture to create a dialog around individual notions about Asia. Proximities 1: What Time Is It There? focuses on the theme of landscape, imagined and real. The first installment of the exhibition will be on view through July 21, 2013.

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