ARTS & CULTURE NEWS
May 4 –Sept. 1, 2019 – Oakland Museum of California Presents “Pushing West: The Photography of
Andrew J. Russell”
Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell’s epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad. Opening on the 150th anniversary of the Railroad’s completion, Russell’s photographs capture a complex picture of western expansion: majestic landscapes of the West, the displacement of Native peoples, and technological history. View rare vintage and digital prints, powerful landscape and 3D images, and original collodion negatives, drawn from OMCA’s core collections.
For more information, visit http://museumca.org/exhibit/pushing-west-photography-andrew-j-russell.
May 23-Sept.2, 2019 – “Self, Made: Exploring You in a World of We” at the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium has announced its summer exhibition, “Self, Made: Exploring You in a World of We.” Running May 23 through September 2, 2019, “Self, Made” invites visitors to explore how we form and perform identity through dozens of new interactive exhibit experiences, works of art, and curated collections of cultural objects.
The exhibition features a selection of artworks expressing different facets of identity including: Academy Award–winning costumes created by Ruth E. Carter for the superhero King T’Challa and his sister, scientist/inventor Shuri, in Marvel’s celebrated film “Black Panther;” work by Afro-Arab and Canadian artist Esmaa Mohamoud, examining gender and race through sports identities; work by contemporary artist Melissa Cody, who employs her skill as a fourth-generation Na Dené (Navajo) weaver to explore identity, urban life, and the indigenous experience; work by Kehinde Wiley, painter of the official White House portrait of President Barack Obama; and “Humanae,” Brazilian artist Angélica Dass’ compelling photographic work-in-progress, which is an inclusive challenge to racial categorization.
For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/press-office/press-releases/exploratorium-announces-summer-exhibition-self-made.
Presidio Theatre Reopens in September 2019 After $30 Million Transformation
The newly transformed Presidio Theatre on the Main Post of San Francisco’s historic Presidio will open to the public as a performing arts center in September 2019, featuring a 600-seat proscenium theatre with state-of the art technical equipment, a pavilion and courtyard for events, large rehearsal space and other amenities. The theatre is the result of a gift from the Margaret E. Haas Fund in collaboration with the Presidio Trust to restore and expand the facility and return it to the community for a wide variety of uses including live music, theater, dance, film, lectures, and events.
Built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and first opened in 1939, the Presidio Theatre was a hub of social life on the military base for nearly 60 years when it screened movies for service members and their families. It also hosted live performances by some of the biggest names in show business, including Bob Hope and Jack Benny. The Theatre is part of the Presidio’s National Historic Landmark District and is an intact example of Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture in the Presidio. It has been vacant since 1995
For information about the project and public opening events, visit https://presidiotheatre.org/.
Cartoon Art Museum Adds Reading Room
The Cartoon Art Museum has opened the McLachlan Reading Room, making more than 7,000 volumes available to museum visitors.
The reading room includes a selection of graphic novels and bound volumes with sections on the history of cartoon art, anthologies, catalogs from the Cartoon Art Museum and other institutions, foreign language books, and a how-to section. Rare books, periodicals and books for mature readers are kept in a separate area.
The Drawing Room, an educational space opposite the lobby area, is used for cartooning workshops and Toon Talks and hosts pop-up events and partnerships, such as the Chuck Jones Gallery last December.
The McLachlan Reading Room was named for donor and former Board member Mischa McLachlan.
Museum of 3D Illusions Now Open in San Francisco
Exercise your imagination at the Museum of 3D Illusions in San Francisco, located in the center of Fisherman’s Wharf. More than 40 breathtaking 3D illusions offer an Instagram-worthy experience like no other. Become a professional surfer, survive a lava eruption through the hilly streets of the Bay Area, skydive from great heights, hang from the side of one of the city’s colossal skyscrapers, and other exciting scenarios. The museum’s goal is to reflect the magic of San Francisco and help visitors make memories using the interactive exhibits.
For more information, visit https://sfillusions.com.
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