Opening: An Act of Defiance by Lalla Essaydi in SF


In her first solo exhibition on the West Coast, Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi explores the role of Arab women living in the modern world. Her series of photographs on display at SF’s Jenkins Johnson Gallery, including Harem Beauty #1 (above), challenges traditional Muslim gender stereotypes faced by women, who are often relegated to the private sphere; Oct. 6–Dec. 3, 464 Sutter St., SF,

For more of this month’s best openings, art and events, see Bryan’s Cultural Studies column in the September/October issue.

Originally featured in the September/October issue of California Home + Design. Flip through the entire issue online!

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