When it comes to summer, museums treat the season much like the movie industry does: blockbuster time. Yes, there might be lines. And yes, there are probably higher ticket prices, not to mention the crowded gallery shuffle from one piece to the next (personal pet peeve). But, like SFMOMA’s current juggernaut offering, Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again these can also be great and deeply informative shows!
If the exhibition equivalent of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum isn’t your jumbo-sized soda (or cup of tea), there are plenty of alternatives throughout the Bay Area in the coming months. Below, a handy guide to making sure your summer to-do list includes a healthy dose of local visual art offerings:
Pio Abad, ‘Kiss the Hand You Cannot Bite’
June 5–Aug. 10, 2019
KADIST, San Francisco
After three months in residence researching Bay Area narratives of exile and displacement, London-based and Manila-born artist Pio Abad debuts a newly commissioned body of work that ties the history of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos (and his famously shoe-loving wife Imelda) to contemporary ideas in American politics. Abad’s work often manifests as domestic accessories, so be on the lookout for objects that are simultaneously compelling and embedded with hidden or overlooked histories.
‘Brian Belott’s RHODASCOPE: Scribbles, Smears, and the Universal Language of Children According to Rhoda Kellogg’
San Francisco City Hall
June 6, 2019–March 15, 2020
Combining approximately 200 pieces from the Rhoda Kellogg International Child Art Collection, “forgeries” of children’s paintings by contemporary artist Brian Belott and several original artworks by Kellogg (an early childhood scholar, educator, author and activist), RHODASCOPE is a celebration of early creativity. With their punny title, the show’s curators Jordan Stein and Lindsey White invite viewers “to imagine the artworks in this unique installation as individual frames from a great and impossible film.” All of us could use a bit more scribbles and smears this summer.