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Museum Picks for February 2014

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The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah highlights the work of Szyk, a Polish Jew whose Haggadah, created in 1940, was a visual commentary on the parallels between the exodus story and the Nazi persecution of the Jews. (Feb. 13-June 29).

YBCA: SFMOMA teams with YBCA for "Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa," a multi-disciplinary show in which artists question issues of gender, sexuality and violence in South Africa during three critical periods of the country's history: the 1960s, the post-apartheid mid-1990s and the present. (Feb. 21-June 29).

de Young Museum: "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George" explores work produced by the artist, from 1918 until the early 1930s, when she lived part of the year at Alfred Stieglitz's family estate in the Adirondacks. It was during this period she developed her signature style. (Feb.15- May 11).

Review by Stephen Winn at SF Gate:

Cantor Arts Center. "Her Story: Prints by Elizabeth Murray," 1986-2006 "The subconscious is what you paint about," observed Murray, a painter and draftsman whose emotionally charged prints, produced at Universal Limited Art Editions, are shown together as a group for the first time, along with a trio of paintings. (Jan. 22-Mar. 30).

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive: Over the next four months the museum is the site of a unique experiment optimistically titled "The Possible. " Rather than showcasing finished objects and artifacts, the building is hosting a series of interdisciplinary encounters involving nearly 100 artists and museumgoers organized by Oakland illustrator and renegade impresario David Wilson.

Built around interactive Sunday workshops featuring a dye lab, print shop, ceramics studio, and recording facility, "The Possible" sprawls through five galleries and, weather permitting, the museum’s sculpture garden, turning the institution into a beehive of activity that runs through May 25. Families are encouraged to attend the Kids Club gallery, which is designed to involve children in the creative process.


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