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*Featured* April 19: She Bends: Women in Neon

The Midway, San Francisco: Making a splash at The Museum of Neon in LA earlier this year, She Bends (hailed as “revolutionary” by Juxtapoz Magazine) will be hitting the Bay Area this Spring. Produced by The Midway Gallery & Artist Studios - an exhibition space uniquely positioned within a larger creative complex - She Bends SF will feature program enhancements such as a big opening night soiree, workshops, demos, panel discussions and salon dinners.

Curated by Bay Area bender and favorite, Meryl Pataky, She Bends is the largest, most inclusive all-female neon exhibition ever put together.


March 13-18: Bouquets to Art Exhibit

de Young Museum, San Francisco: For one week only, the de Young hosts its annual floral takeover, now in its 34th year. Florists from San Francisco to Tokyo breathe new life into the collections, creating their own masterpieces inspired by the works of art. It’s not just fun and flowers—proceeds from Bouquets to Art help to underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums. Bouquets to Art is organized by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.

March 28: The Art of Resistance in the Bay Area

The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco: Join The San Francisco Foundation and some of the Bay Area's most renowned "artivists" to discuss the role of art in today's social justice movements.


April: Napa Valley, Arts in April

Napa Valley, CA: Each year Arts Council Napa Valley produces a month-long campaign to promote Their local talents and bring its community together through live music, art fairs and exhibitions, storytelling, theatre performances, culinary arts, and hands on activities.


March 21 – April 26: Chevrons by Alex Couwenberg

Andrea Schwartz Gallery, san Francisco: Alex Couwenberg’s acrylic paintings reflect his fastidious attention to detail and his obsession over process. Through a constant investigation of materials and process, Couwenberg’s paintings are informed by the visual landscape of his native Los Angeles. Mid-century design, furniture, architecture, surf and skateboard culture, color and graphics, as well as hard-edge abstraction all play a role in his work. The paint, pin striping, and finish associated with hot rod and custom car culture also impact the aesthetic of his paintings. Couwenberg’s newest work embraces the V-shaped chevron form, whose sharp edges are incorporated seamlessly into the overall geometric style of the paintings. Composed and orchestrated in a manner that suggests architecture, geometry, and design, Couwenberg’s paintings constantly pursue the balance between intuition and control.


April 28-29: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn NY: Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.


July 7: Art Night London

London: Follow a trail of art across south London during the all-night arts festival, Art Night.

Now in its third edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year.

Curated by the Hayward Gallery to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year’s event sees art projects running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea. Many of the free festival’s works are site-specific and directly engage with the culture and heritage of the area.

The festival is supported by international auction house Phillips.


April 19: Discrete Figures/Gray Area 10 year 

Heron Arts, San Francisco: Celebrating Gray Area’s 10 year anniversary programming art & technology, Heron Arts and The Japan Foundation and present the United States Premiere of ‘discrete figures,' a new dance technology performance by artist Daito Manabe’s Rhizomatiks and Choreographer Mikiko's Elevenplay, in collaboration with artist Kyle McDonald.

Inspired by Alan Turing, their newest performance marries choreography for five dancers with machine learning technology and a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, virtual dancers and other objects. An expansive multidisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians, dancers, media artists, composers, and engineers, this complex experimental performance is truly the first of its kind. This performance probes the circuitry connecting the corporeal to the cognitive, questioning the very essence of humanity and machine.


April 18: Jungle

The Warfield, San Francisco: There is no blueprint to Jungle’s irresistible, life-enhancing, report-to-the-dancefloor sound but there are many ingredients. It’s P-Funk and ‘Grand Theft Auto’, it’s Curtis Mayfield and ‘Tron’, it’s the Beach Boys and Joy Division and Marvin Gaye and Can, all cut up and refracted in a London neighbourhood where anything can happen.


May 26: Bodys Isek Kingelez

MoMA, New York City: MoMA presents a full retrospective of Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948–2015), the Congolese sculptor who worked with paper, commercial packaging, and materials from everyday life to create what he called “extreme maquettes” that encompass civic buildings, public monuments, and national pavilions. Bodys Isek Kingelez spans the artist’s career over three decades, ranging from early works that were included in the landmark 1989 exhibition Magiciens de la terre at the Centre Pompidou to his streamlined, dramatic forms of the 2000s. The first retrospective of Kingelez’s work, and the first substantial monographic presentation of his work in the US, this exhibition features works from each of the key periods of his career, from early single-building sculptures, to spectacular sprawling cities, to futuristic late works, which incorporate increasingly unorthodox materials. Kingelez was previously featured in the MoMA exhibition Projects 59: Architecture as Metaphor(1997). Although his work has long been featured in major international exhibitions, this will the first opportunity to explore the full breadth of his career.

  Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Ongoing: Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

Art Institute of Chicago: This fall the Art Institute opens a new installation devoted to the museum’s seminal collection of architectural drawings and furniture, graphic, and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This evolving Modern Wing display is the first of its kind in the United States, highlighting important acquisitions and presenting architecture and design as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.


April 10: Ghosts and Hell—The Underworld in Asian Art

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris: From Buddhist to J-Horror, from Hokusai prints to Pac-Man, from the Thai spirit culture to horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. In China, Thailand and Japan - the lands that the exhibition focuses on - the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions. From spirits that wander the forest, vengeful cat-women and hungry spirits that return from the dead ("the walking dead") to jumping vampires and yokaïs (supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore), these can appear in multiple guises and play on artistic periods and media.

Ghosts and Hells - the underworld in Asian art explores their omnipresence not only in objects and documents but also in the performing arts, cinema and comics in an attempt to better understand how they work. After all, whilst Buddhism has played its part in the formation of this imagination – implying that souls are in waiting between two reincarnations –, it is indeed on the fringes of religion, in popular and secular art, that the representation of ghosts has truly come into its own.


April 14: Tomoo GokitA's Peekaboo

Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo: Known for his works which use collage-like techniques, Tomoo Gokita has been making waves at both the national and international level, with exhibitions at Tokyo's Taka Ishii Gallery and New York's Mary Boone Gallery in recent years. At this latest Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery number, the focus is on his new paintings and drawings, all made since the year 2000. The most typically Gokita-esque work here might just be the large-scale installation, which incorporates over 800 small drawings.