The Asian Art Museum is unveiling China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy with an ultra-high-energy event that's sure to shake the generals, cavalrymen, and archers in the Terracotta Army out of their 2,000 year slumber. How? With CHERYL, a zany artist collective that throws "the Big Apple's most outrageous party" (Time Out London).
Inspired by the Terracotta Warriors and '70s cult gang film "The Warriors, " CHERYL will lead revelers in turf war antics and a dance rumble. Come with your posse and claim your territory with insane moves until no one's left standing on the dance floor. Roll deep with the Extra Action Marching Band, drinks, bites, a photo booth, and more. DJ Hakobo (owner of SOM Bar) will hold court and spin the best jams.
Take a breather from the party euphoria and step into the galleries to be the first to see China's Terracotta Warriors. The Asian Art Museum is the only West Coast venue to present this exhibition of astonishing archaeological wonders.
(Almost) Free Formed: Celebrating Old Days and Hoping for New Times at CCSF: Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and Laurie Reid
Local artists and former City College San Francisco (CCSF) students Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and Laurie Reid have rallied together to publicize the need for low-cost arts education.
Chris Johanson grew up in San Jose skateboarding, attending punk rock shows, and drawing. He was a prominent 'zine artist and his publication Karmaboarder, a skateboarding and art ‘zine he published in the early to late 1980s, helped shape what later became initial well-known works. He moved to San Francisco’s Mission District in 1989, where he became a member of the local art community, initially drawing cartoons on lampposts and bathroom walls using black sharpies. In 1994, Johanson did one of the initial board graphic runs for a new San Francisco-based skateboard brand Anti-Hero, which brought his art to a wider audience.
Barry McGee graduated from El Camino High School in South San Francisco. He rose out of the Mission School art movement and graffiti boom during the early nineties. His work draws heavily from the urban experience, which he describes as, "urban ills, over-stimulations, frustrations, addictions and trying to maintain a level head under the constant bombardment of advertising".
He is locally represented by Ratio 3 and recently concluded a retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Laurie Reid’s work has recently received attention from the wider art world by being included in two exhibitions in New York: the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and a group show at The Drawing Center in 1995. In 1999, she received a SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award. At these venues she showed large (5 to 16 feet-long) watercolors with very little watercolor on them.
In deciding on a career, however, she did not at first choose art. She got a degree in French literature, and after a time spent in Paris began teaching French language in New York and, later, San Francisco. Eventually, she enrolled at City College and then received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. "I had always loved words, but at some point I realized that what I really loved about writing was the act of writing," she explained. "The feel of the paper under the hand, the tool in the hand, the smell of materials." Her art, she says, is "more about a desire to communicate than communicating something in particular."
Visual Arts Building, Room 119
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, California 94112
The gallery is wheelchair accessible and free to the public.
For more information, please call (415) 239-3157.
Exhibition Dates: February 21 to March 20, 2013. Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Art Party at Ruth's Table. The ninth galley show "Art Teacher's Art" - an invitational art exhibition featuring works by San Francisco Unified School District art teachers, artists-in-residence and arts coordinators - opens with a reception tonight starting 6 p.m.
Ruth's Table, 580 Capp St, San Francisco