If you are into Twitter, this will be a fun weekend with #ValentinesDay and #MuseumCrush leading the pack.
But there are lots of places away from the seductive pull of the computer to celebrate spring, art and the Bay Area’s coming weekend.
It’s the beginning of SF Beer Week, a ten day celebration that showcases the Bay Area’s brewing heritage and contemporary craft beer scene.
“Tulipmaina” opens at Pier 39 where the tulip lover can enjoy thousands of blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites throughout both levels of the pier. There will be free guided landscaping tours daily. The tours start 10 a.m. at Pier 39’s Entrance Plaza.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: The work of African-American artist Khinde Wiley just opened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The show is bombastic overkill, with room after room of brightly colored, posturing, black and brown men, painted with homoerotic attention to their physical beauty. It’s a problematic exhibit but one worth viewing for the questions that it raises about the absence of ‘the black body’ in museums and whether this show lives up to the hype. http://www.thecjm.org/
Museum of the African Diaspora: “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey—Where Art and History Intersect” at the Museum of the Arican Disapora is a far more profound and wide-ranging exhibit. The works on display are an encyclopedia of African-American artists while the documents illuminate their history through the first days of slavery to the present. http://www.moadsf.org/
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: The current show “Don’t Hold Back” opens with a huge, site-specific fabrication in SFMOMA’s atrium. Composed of of hair, glue, and rope, “united nations–babel of the millennium” was created in 1999 for the museum by Shanghai-born, New York-based artist Wenda Gu in 1999 and paid for by Vicki and Kent Logan.
A portion of their collection is on display on SFMOMA’s second floor, part of the massive 330 items that they donated to the museum. The requisite Jeff Koons piece was the slick 1991 marble sculpture “Self Portrait,” surrounded by pop art samples from Warhol, Ruscha and Gilbert & George.
Damien Hirst is also included. What contemporary museum worth the name doesn’t have one of his repellent carcasses in formaldehyde? The Logans also collected a lot of young Brits, such as Jenny Saville, whose massive “Hem” is probably the only painting by Saville on public display in the Bay Area. http://www.sfmoma.org/
Electric Works is featuring the mixed media work of the LA based artist, Ann Diener. Woking with graphite, Prismacolor, ink, oil, and cut paper on paper, her pieces interpose urban landscapes into multidimensional weaves of pattern and space. http://sfelectricworks.com/
ARC Gallery is showing the work of 2013 MFA Candidates with work that ranges from abstraction to figuration. http://www.arc-sf.com/