Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD): ‘Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction!’ opened this week at the Museum of the African Diaspora.
The show launches MoAD’s Curator’s Choice exhibition series by featuring nine influential Bay Area artists who over several decades, starting in the 1970’s, consistently chose abstraction over figuration as their preferred approach to art making. Dr. Lizzetta Le-Falle Collins, organizer of the exhibition, former MoAD Director of Curatorial Affairs and noted scholar of African American art has elected to inaugurate MoAD’s new visual arts exhibition series with over thirty five paintings by Robert Colescott, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Mike Henderson, Joan Brown, Dewey Crumpler, Jay DeFeo, Arthur Monroe, and Squeak Carnwath.
Choose Paint! celebrates their influence on the Bay Area art scene and examines the aesthetic beauty of their work, the expressive power of the medium and the cross cultural exchange between this selected group of black and white artists who helped define the West Coast abstract art movement. The exhibition is on view from March 23 to September 23, 2012.
SOMarts: ‘I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law’
‘I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law’ is an exhibition of more than 30 artists and collectives that challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work. Curated by Justin Hoover, ‘I Am Crime’ touches on issues of equity—who gets to break the law, when, and why.
In ‘I Am Crime’ some artists’ criminal trespasses are virtual or accidental, while others contribute documentation of carefully planned civil disobedience. Still others exhibit the residue of artworks which have actually been intervened upon by the United States legal system.
Exhibition now–April 19. Gallery Hours: Tues–Fri, 12–7 p.m., Saturday, 12–5 p.m. Free admission.
San Jose Museum of Art: Mexicanismo
‘Mexicanismo,’ the new exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art, looks at Mexico, being a Mexican, being a Mexican-American and all that entails, the good, the bad and the charming as well as the gaudy and vulgar.
It’s a fascinating look at emerging hybrid art forms and the intersection of the past and present. Critical but not cynical, traditional versus cutting edge, high-brow versus low-brow, the show brings to the fore artists that are both known and unknown, while acknowledging that California itself is becoming a culturally hybrid state.
The artists whose works are featured in this exhibition draw inspiration from Mexico’s deep well of visual culture. Their references include folk art, popular culture, and vernacular craft traditions as well as contemporary idioms: the art collective “La Malagua” has remade the classic Mexican card game lotería, while Gabriel Kuri re-created sales receipts from Superama (Walmart) as a fine Gobelins tapestry.
Through September 2012