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End-of-year art shows play up Bay Area artists, technology and new horizons




‘Dragon’s Delusion’, Kongkee, 2021. Part of ‘Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk’ at the Asian Art Museum. Photo: Asian Arts Museum

“Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk”

One of the most exciting additions to the year-end calendar is the Museum of Asian Art’s celebration of award-winning Hong Kong animator and visual artist Kongkee. The exhibition will explore Kongkee’s “Warring States Cyberpunk,” a story that follows Chinese poet Qu Yuan from the ancient kingdom of Chu to a futuristic Asian version of the 21st century. The exhibition will include original artwork by Kongkee, responding to pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as a series of immersive projections that bring an appropriate sci-fi feel to the space.

Opens Friday, November 18. 1-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Monday. $15. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., SF

“Blue dot zoom”, Bull.Miletic, 2018. Photo: Museum of Crafts and Design

‘Bull.Miletic: proximal vision’

Oslo artist duo Bull.Miletic returns to San Francisco for an exhibition that is the culmination of a seven-year artistic research project. The couple, who were among the first graduates of the now-closed San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA New Genres department, explored technologies related to surveillance infrastructure, in particular moving-image aerial technologies. Bull.Miletic defines its term “proximity” as “the ability to visually capture geography from close-ups (proximity) to glimpses (distance) in the same image”.

The exhibition will include three robotic video installations: ‘Ferriscope’, ‘Venetie 11111100110’ and ‘Zoom Blue Dot’, all of which deal with the ‘proxitant’ effect.

Open Saturday November 19. Until March 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10. Museum of Crafts and Design, 2569 Third St., SF 415-773-0303.

Untitled artwork by Creative Growth artist Kathleec Vaughn. Photo: Creative Growth / Creative Growth

Creative Growth Holiday Show

Oakland’s beloved arts center for neurodiverse artists will host its first holiday show since 2019. Over 140 artists will be featured, including Dan Miller, Aurie Ramirez, Latifa Noorzai, John Martin, William Scott, Larry Randolph, Maureen Clay, William Tyler and Susan Janow. The two-day special event is a great place to shop for the art lover in your life.

6-9pm on December 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. Creative Growth, 355 24th St., Oakland. 510-836-2340.

Abayomi Anil, Untitled, 2020. Featured in “The Indigo Project” at SOMArts. Photo: SOMArts Cultural Center

“The Indigo Project”

Bay Area healer-artists Bushmama Africa and Isha Rosemond will kick off SOMArts’ 12th curatorial residency season with ‘The Indigo Project’. This exhibition will explore what the curators call “the living connection” between indigo dyes, cotton and denim across the African diaspora. In the city known as the birthplace of the Levi’s 501, the subject feels, pardon the pun, like a perfect fit.

3-5pm and 5.30-7.30pm from Thursday to Friday; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. 10 Dec-Feb 5. Free. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., SF 415-863-1414.

“The Three Gorges Dam Migration” (detail), Yun-Fei Ji, 2009. As part of the “Endless Knot” exhibition at BAMPFA. Photo: BAMPFA

‘Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World’

The central Buddhist principle of samsara (the interconnected cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is linked) has inspired artists for two millennia. This exhibition will feature works from Asia and the United States, including a previously unseen work by Japanese nun Ohishi Junkyo; prints by Takashi Murakami, Sopheap Pich and Do Ho Suh; a video installation by Yong Soon Min; and new works by internationally renowned Tibetan diaspora artists Marie-Dolma Chophel and Tsherin Sherpa.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Dec 14-Jun 11. $10-14. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley. 510-642-0808.

“A year of changing colors”, Arminée Chahbazian, 2021. On view in ”True North” at the Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. Photo: Di Rosa Contemporary Art Center

‘True North’

This juried exhibition features the work of artists living and working in the North Bay counties of Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Solano. This survey of local talent aims to highlight the often overlooked work of artists outside of the Bay Area’s major cities.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. 16 Dec-Jan 15. $17-20. Di Rosa Contemporary Art Center, 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa. 707-226-5991.

“Artist working in the studio”, Cathy Lu, 2020. Photo: SFMOMA

Exhibition of the Prize of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art 2022

The five winners of the 2022 SFMOMA Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Prize will be featured in this exhibition, curated by Andrea Nitsche-Krupp and Jovanna Venegas. Binta Ayofemi, Maria Guzmán Capron, Cathy Lu, Marcel Pardo Ariza and Gregory Rick will each see their work presented in their dedicated gallery; appropriate given the radically different practices represented by the artists, which include photography, textiles, ceramics and painting. During this year’s SECA exhibition, the entire second floor of the museum will be free for everyone.

1-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Monday. From December 17 to May 29. Second floor free until May 29. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF 415-357-4000.

Lhola Amira at Affective Affinities: 33rd Biennial of São Paulo, 2018. Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

“Lhola Amira: facing the future”

South African artist Lhola Amira will be the first subject of exhibition in the new contemporary African art program at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, directed by curator Natasha Becker. The exhibition will transform Young’s African Art Galleries into Amira’s site-specific installation that engages with objects from the permanent collection through the artist’s South African Nguni spiritual practices.

9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. 17 Dec-Dec 3, 2023. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF 415-750-3600.

“Carolina Interior”, Romare Bearden, 1970. Part of “Paperworks: Fifteen years of acquisitions” at the Legion of Honor. Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

‘Paperworks: Fifteen years of acquisitions’

This new exhibition, exploring the acquisitions made between 2007 and 2022 for the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, also opens a new gallery dedicated to works on paper. The exhibition will be organized thematically into five sections – ‘Ecologies of Place’, ‘Dynamics of Power’, ‘Self and Identity’, ‘Vocabularies of Beauty’ and ‘Process and Design’.

9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Dec 17-Jun 25. $15-$30. Legion of Honor Museum, 100 34th Ave., SF 415-750-3600.