Two Exquisite Exhibits Now at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Art lovers who are in or around the Bay Area have a wide range of opportunities to engage in local and international artistic culture. It can be difficult to know where to begin, but that’s why we are here: to help you parse through the scads of choices, highlighting the events that will best transform your trip to San Francisco into a magical experience.
High on the art list is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Only 20 years old, (a baby in museum terms), the YBCA dedicates itself to combining visual art, performance, film, and video exhibitions of contemporary artists coming from a wide and diverse cultural base. Considered a true repository of the avant-garde, YBCA’s schedule of events is always worth a look, and this weekend is no different.
- First up, Take This Hammer (from March 11th — August 14th) is an exhibit that explores the complex and vibrant space between art and activism. Taking art as a starting point, the curators of this engaging and interactive piece pose the question, “Who can call themselves activists?” and tries not so much to supply an answer as allow space for a conversation to begin among the artists (who include the 3.9 Art Collective, Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter, Leslie Dreyer, Oree Originol, Ruby Mountain, and CultureStrike) and the visitors. To give even more energy to this concept, on Thursday, the 14th, there will be a special panel discussion between the Christian L. Frock (the exhibit’s organizer) and several of the prominent artists.
- The next installation, A Trap in Soft Division (from March 11th — May 29th), is by the highly imaginative Samara Golden. Golden is known for creating immersive and magical installations that transport the visitors into a space wholly unlike anything they’ve previously experienced, but a space that is simultaneously familiar. Using a wide array of materials (from mirrors to handmade sculptures to video), A Trap in Soft Division is Golden’s largest piece to date, and promises to be a transporting and hallucinatory experience for its visitors.
As always, entrance into YBCA is $10 for regular admission (discounts are available for certain people like teachers, students, and seniors), and the first Tuesday of any month is free.
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