Out & About, Museums, Walks, and Talks: August
Looking to learn something new? The Bay Area is rich with museums and places to explore, enhanced by walks and talks. Here are the listings from our latest issue, highlighting mostly Marin and the rest of the Bay Area too.
Featured: Art of Peace Exhibit
Thru August 25
This collaborative effort brings together art and artists from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Robby Poblete Foundation, and United Playaz to drive awareness about the continued escalation of death due to gun violence in the United States. This exhibit focuses on the stories of artists who have been affected by gun violence and the transformations made possible through their artwork.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), 415.978.2787
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
Explore the land of fire’s volcano and squishy forest floor and the land of ice’s chilly slide and cave before digging for fossils in the field research station, through September 2 (Sausalito).
Meghann Riepenhoff: Nearshore
Generated at the water’s edge, these blue-tinged photographic works dynamically capture the environment in which they were made, through August 11 (Bolinas).
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Artists of Marin MOCA
The over 160 artist members put on a show, August 10–September 15 (Novato).
The Museum of the American Indian
Thousands of Native American regional and cultural items are displayed, with a focus on Marin and Sonoma (Novato).
The Space Station Museum
This storefront museum houses one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space artifacts, including full-size replicas of a lunar module and lunar rover (Novato).
Asian Art Museum
Tanabe Chikuunsai IV: Connection The fourth-generation Japanese bamboo artist created this immersive, site-specific installation from tiger bamboo grown in Kochi prefecture, through August 25 (SF).
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
No Horizon: Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey is a new series by these two Marin residents and Zen Buddhist practitioners, through August 25; The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison presents a collection of visual documents and archival photographs created by a volunteer professor for the Prison University Project in collaboration with incarcerated men, opens August 21 (Berkeley).
California Academy of Sciences
Passport to the Universe This new movie gives viewers an astronaut’s-eye view of our little corner of space, including new visualizations of the Orion Nebula derived from the Hubble Space Telescope (SF).
Chabot Space & Science Center
Luminous Moon, a photographic exhibition presented in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center, features the work of Conrad Jung and invites viewers to consider the moon in new ways, through Sept 8.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Peanuts Goes to Camp
Relive summer adventures along with the gang, including the joys of sleeping in a tent, through November 18 (Santa Rosa).
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped
The first major museum survey of the work of Davis-based sculptor Annabeth Rosen, a pioneer in contemporary ceramics whose works are often described as theatrical, through January 19, 2020 (SF).
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin
The renowned tattoo artist gets his first museum retrospective, through October 6 (SF).
Viola Frey: Center Stage
Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).
After Dark: Bottom of the 9th
Delve into the science and arcana of America’s pastime. Why is a ball stitched? How do bat materials shape the game? How does a pitcher throw a curveball? (SF).
Legion of Honor
Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book
A look at a movement launched in 1916 by poets and artists to skewer the societal norms deemed responsible for the horrors of World War I, through November 10 (SF).
Museum of the African Diaspora
Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox
The legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean is explored through the works of 10 contemporary artists, including Andrea Chung, Angel Otero and Didier William, through August 11 (SF).
Museum of Craft and Design
Dead Nuts: A Search for the Ultimate Machined Object
What started as a question on an online forum — What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism? — evolved into a crowdsourced list of favorites that inspire these makers, through December 1 (SF).
Oakland Museum of California
Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell
Commissioned to document the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion completed in 1869, Russell’s photography shows the major impacts of the technological marvel on the land and native peoples, through September 1 (Oakland). 510.318.8400, museumca.org
San Francisco Art Institute
More Than 700 Years: SFAI Faculty Exhibition
An amalgam showing the years invested by each participating faculty member in the studio and in the classroom, this exhibit spans campuses at Fort Mason Center and Chestnut Street (SF).
Far Out: Suits, Habs and Labs for Outer Space
Organized by SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design department, this exhibit examines how both applied and theoretical design can advance new models for life beyond Earth, with real and conceptual ideas for space suits, habitats and laboratories and a selection of films and visual art, through January 20, 2020 (SF).
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Famous for portraits of vanishing wildlife, photographer Nick Brandt presents panoramic landscapes showing the impact of humans in East African places where animals used to roam, through September 8 (Sonoma).
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World
Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through January 6, 2020 (SF).
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that support societal movement are the emphasis of this cultural institution (SF).