Art Show Round-Up! 3 Must-See Bay Area Exhibits for May


May is often a beautiful month in San Francisco, and if the weather today is any indicator this year won’t disappoint. But even if the weather turns sour outside, there is still plenty of beauty to be found inside the city’s many museums and galleries. Here are three new exhibitions that caught our eye.

“Apropos 3/5” by Cara Barer; Courtesy of Andrea Schwartz Gallery

Cara Barer at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery
Through May 19; 525 2nd Street, SF
Andrea Schwartz Gallery in SoMa is always a great place to catch innovative exhibits from new and up-and-coming artists. This month the gallery is displaying the works of Cara Barer whose art explores the constant bombardment of media and the 24-hour news cycle.


“Family Portrait” by Jennie Ottinger

Jennie Ottinger at Johansson Projects
May 12 through June 16, 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Cross the Bay Bridge to Oakland where Johansson Projects is presenting Jennie Ottinger’s “What to Do with Your Orphan: A Manual,” a playful series of paintings exploring the world through a child’s eye. Plus, catch the opening reception this Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

Courtesy of the SFO Museum

“Threading the Needle: Swing in the Machine Age” at SFO’s Terminal 3
Through August 2012, San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3
Even if you’re planning on heading out of town, get to the airport a bit early and take in the SFO Museum’s newest exhibition, “Threading the Needle: Sewing in the Machine Age.” The show features machines dating back to the 1850s, as well as other novelties like sewing boxes, needle cases and more.

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