Fort Mason’s Gallery 308 will when once again fill with an bold installation, this time courtesy of area artist Sunny A. Smith, who utilizes their possess family background and the objects passed down by way of generations to make a new substance legacy. The Compass Rose combines several major new parts along with operate from the previous two many years, highlighting objects built via apprenticeships and collaborations with common crafts practitioners. For Smith, the course of action of studying and earning in these previous, slower approaches becomes an act of repair — instantly addressing the trauma their ancestors skilled and their family’s job in this country’s colonial record. But there’s a magical factor in this article as perfectly, with heirlooms recast as instruments of non secular communication and time vacation.

Red-tinged image of electrical box with data readings on screen
Mathew Kneebone, ‘Last Terminal.’ (Courtesy /)

/ (Slash), San Francisco
Jan. 14–April 22

When Cloaca Jobs closed very last April, it remaining a get rid of-sized gap in our Bay Location visible art scene, 1 that was both of those welcoming and experimental, a uncommon mix in a subject that can be as alienating as it is wonderful. Wonderful news: the group behind Cloaca (marcella faustini and Charlie Leese) is curating the first clearly show of the yr for / (aka Slash), showcasing will work by Mathew Kneebone, Most Dismal Swamp and neighborhood radio stations. The show’s title arrives from a guide by the artist Derek Jarman, a narrative about the “power and shortcomings of infrastructures” and their influence on cultural communities. As a reward, a smaller accompanying demonstrate will open up the same day with paintings by Mark T. Duffy, along with an exhibition and reading through place curated by PJ Gubatina Policarpio in /’s library.

Drawing of drag queen in nun's habit with dramatic eye makeup and yellow veil
Beth Van Hoesen, ‘Sister Zsa Zsa Glamour,’ 1997 Watercolor, colored pencil, graphite on paper, 20 1/8 x 16 in. (Courtesy Altman Siegel)

Beth Van Hoesen, ‘Punks and Sisters’

Altman Siegel, San Francisco
Jan. 17–Feb. 25

For almost 50 yrs, San Francisco artist Beth Van Hoesen lived and worked in the Castro community, the place she hosted a drawing circle for local artists (a lot of now house names) to work from a reside product. Today, Van Hoesen, who died in 2010, is mostly recognised as a printmaker, but she ongoing her exercise of portraiture during her job, turning her consideration in the ’80s and ’90s to the people of the Castro, such as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the rising punk scene. These drawings are fragile and exact — just about scientific — renderings of piercings, bold makeup and, at times, specific strands of lively pink hair.

Etel Adnan, ‘Untitled,’ 2010 Oil on canvas. (Photograph by Chris Grunder, San Francisco Courtesy Anthony Meier, Mill Valley)

Anthony Meier, Mill Valley
Jan. 31–March 17

To mark Anthony Meier’s go from Pacific Heights to Mill Valley, the gallery’s initial exhibition in its new location appears to be to Marin County’s abundant inventive background. Spanning the 1940s to the 1970s, the display involves Bay Place favorite Etel Adnan, for whom Mount Tamalpais was a repeated subject and muse. Other artists in the group show incorporate JB Blunk, Jess Collins, Jay DeFeo, Luchita Hurtado, David Ireland and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. The transfer doubles the gallery’s sq. footage, which should really produce even far more formidable installations from modern day artists in the a long time to come.

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Amalia Mesa-Bains, ‘Guadalupe Twins in Venus Envy, Chapter III: Cihuatlampa,’ 1997 Giclee print 14 x 36 in. (Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco)

Berkeley Artwork Museum and Pacific Movie Archive
Feb. 4–July 23

New on the heels of their Alison Knowles retrospective, BAMPFA honors yet an additional worthy residing artist with an Amalia Mesa-Bains retrospective, tracing over 3 many years of the 79-year-old artist’s profession as a primary figure of Chicanx artwork. Showcasing numerous of her nicely-identified “altar-installations,” the clearly show will also include things like multimedia function, prints and guides, together with the premiere of a new small documentary directed by Ray Telles. Through her vocation, Mesa-Bains has built tangible and seen the contributions of gals, immigrants and men and women of coloration to our collective histories. It is outside of time that do the job was gathered in a person position for concentrated, properly-deserved focus.

Sculpture of arched clay and cage wire with dangling elements, sitting on polka-dot base
Anna Sew Hoy, ‘Digital Ocean, spawn,’ 2022. (Courtesy the artist Photograph by Edgar Cruz)

‘New Operate: Anna Sew Hoy’

San Francisco Museum of Modern day Artwork
March 25–July 16

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