Two friends have exhibitions that recently opened in San Francisco! Tom Griscom has three photos featured in the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) West Region’s Inspiration show at the Academy of Art University's Sutter Street Gallery in downtown San Francisco. The three photos picked for this show are from Tom’s labor landmarks series, based on maps and locations found the Labor Landmarks of San Francisco book by the Labor Archives and Research Center at SFSU. Tom’s work should be on display through the conference dates in mid-November.
Mark Johnson’s labor of love, Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970 is finally open at the de Young though January 18, 2009. According to the Fine Arts Museum’s web site, “Asian American Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970 presents the work of artists of Asian ancestry who lived and worked in the United States. This exhibition represents the first comprehensive survey of these artists, and seeks to advance awareness of this under-represented group in American art history. Their art reflects the currents of identity and style that shift between aesthetics of diverse international geographies. This exhibition is rich in variety and demonstrates the wealth of Asian American art using masterpieces spanning seventy years. Nearly 100 works by 60 artists, many of whom had their work exhibited at the de Young or Legion of Honor in earlier decades, are included.” Our friend Renee, who organizes the weekly Friday night extravaganzas, has all sorts of great music, food and other activities planned in support of the show, check the museum's events calendar to see the latest. All Friday night events are free. Best of luck to Tom and MJ on their shows, I hope to see them soon!