JONESTOWN HAD A GARDEN at Mission 17
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Jonestown Had a Garden, an exhibition organized by Karin Smith, opens Friday, April 18th from 6 to 9 pm at Mission 17, 2111 Mission St., Suite 401, San Francisco. The show title refers to a look at the bigger picture of what was going on with the people who became a part of the People's Temple--their purpose and mission. Placing the tragedy in this context might not make what happened suddenly all make sense, but it certainly makes it less of a surprise. Jonestown Had a Garden looks to be a reflective and thought provoking show and runs through May 31st. For more information, go to mission17.org.
David Cunningham Projects' newest installation appears to be no less emotional. "Still Life", a mixed media installation by Irish artist Bernadette Cotter, reminds us that despite human tragedy there is still life. Cotter's emotional and artistic journey shared with us in this exhibit began upon her learning of the massacre known as the Beslan school hostage crisis, where over 300 people died, including almost 200 children.
© BERNADETTE COTTER - "Still Life", 2008
This is Bernadette Cotter's first solo show in San Francisco since 1996. The opening takes place April 3rd from 6 to 9 pm and will include a live performance by the artist. David Cunningham Projects is located at 1928 Folsom St., San Francisco. Learn more about "Still Life" at davidcunninghamprojects.com.
If you need to go out for a walk to relieve some stress, San Francisco's latest addition to the art walk scene, the 24th and Mission Art Walk, could be the best therapy. The first ever 24th and Mission Art Walk takes place from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, April 5th. Venues that have joined the list are: 2nd Floor Projects, ATA (Window), Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Fabric8, little tree gallery, Que Tal, Queen's Nails Annex, Receiver Gallery, Triple Base Gallery, and Soap Gallery--where you can meet artist Matt Gonzalez, who now doubles as a vice presidential candidate. I've already cast my vote for Gonzalez's "Pull Here To Get Everything You Want" as the best art show title I've heard this month.
The 24th and Mission Art Walk is scheduled to take place quarterly and new venues are expected to be added to the walk, so check the 24th and Mission Art Walk blogspot for updates. There you will find a handy, downloadable pdf sheet that includes a map, list of venues, and all the information you need to get started on your art walk.
Listen up: If you are a local visual artist interested in being on San Francisco Art Magazine's Audio Visual guest program on Pirate Cat Radio, you should know that SFAM's somewhat randomly scheduled shows are soon to be a bit more pre-planned and are now being booked for the coming season. SFAM invites local visual artists to submit letters of interest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Pirate Cat Radio" in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.
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