7 Hot San Francisco Art Openings to Catch This Week!


There’s never a dull moment in San Francisco’s art scene. If you missed last week’s awesome lineup of gallery openings, don’t you worry: there’s a new troop of exhibitions parading into town this week, along with plenty of opening receptions to fill up your calendar. Come find out what’s happening where this week.

Katherine Westerhout at Electric Works

SoMa gallery Electric Works presents At Long Last, an exhibition of works by Oakland-based fine art photographer Katherine Westerhout. The exhibit explores urban disused architectural spaces around the country, from the once-glamorous getaway Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, where vegetation is assuming the grand swimming hall, to the decaying Palace Theatre in Gary, ID. Westerhout’s work documents not only the beauty of a bygone era, but also comments on where America has been and reflects on where it is going. The show opens Friday, Jan. 13, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Feb. 17.

Electric Works, 130 8th St., 415-626-5496.

Group Exhibition at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art introduces Controlled Environments, a group exhibition of works by artists Kim Keever, Davida Nemeroff, Christine Nguyen, Heidi Norton, and Wintergarten, Ltd. The show, which features photography, prints, x-ray slides, and video, exploring the ties between nature and artifice, and the interplay of environments natural and built, interior and exterior, physical and psychological. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 12, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Feb. 24.

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, 1 Sutter St., Suite 300, 415-369-9405.

Group Exhibition at Root Division

Mission community arts center Root Division presents Are We Not Men?, a group exhibition curated by Amelia Sechman which explores the widening disconnect between humans and computers. The show features works by Rebeca Bollinger, Lee Cody, Cleverbot, Jennifer Hennesy, Scott Kiernan, Tivon Rice, Evan Roth, and Matthew Scullin. The show opens Wednesday, Jan. 11 and will run through Jan. 28. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Root Division, 3175 17th St., 415-863-7668.

Group Exhibition at Varnish Fine Art

Varnish Fine Art presents Mind Spring, a group exhibition of paintings, installations, and limited silkscreen editions by Chuck Sperry, Chris Shaw, and Ron Donovan, San Francisco rock artists who’ve all made a living creating contemporary prints and posters for both the collector and the general public. The show opens Saturday, Jan. 14 with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. and will remain open through Feb. 18.

Varnish Fine Art, 16 Jessie St., 415-433-4400.

Skewville at White Walls

Tenderloin gallery White Walls presents Playground Tactics, a new collection of works by Brooklyn-based artists Skewville, twin brothers Ad and Droo, who first gained recognition for tossing their fake wooden sneakers over telephone lines in the late ’90s. The show will feature approximately 30 pieces and an installation, including large-scale and complex fine artworks themed around the old school city playground, where they spent much time as teens. The show opens Saturday, Jan. 14 with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. and will remain open through Feb. 4.

White Walls, 835 Larkin St., 415-931-1500.

Robert Long at Satellite66

Central Market District gallery Satellite66 presents You Must Not Blame Me If I Do Not Talk To Clouds, the latest installation from Saint-Louis-based artist Robert Long. The immersive exhibit explores the relationship between reality and imagination with a collection of curious “Cloud Clocks,” time-lapse projections, and mathematical arrangements of string. The show opens Friday, Jan. 13 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 4.

Satellite 66, 66 6th St., 415-644-8614.

Group Exhibition at SFMOMA Artists Gallery

SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason Center presents Portraits, an exhibition of works by Kim Frohsin, Claire Pasquier, Winni Wintermeyer. Frohsin’s Portraits of the Iconic and the Mundane include paintings exploring instantly recognizable numbers, symbols, and commercial packaging for branded products. Claire Pasquier’s Portrait Landscape is a yearlong project in which individuals were encouraged to connect with the artist via Facebook to have their portrait painted. Winni Wintermeyer presents photographic portraits ranging from the constructed to the emotional, some of them carefully crafted, others captured in a passing moment. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 12 and will remain on view through Feb. 23. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason Center, 415-441-4777.

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