Beyond Hippies: Bay Area Summer Art Highlights

While the Bay Area’s museum scene is currently rich in commemorations of the “Summer of Love,” there are also numerous exhibitions dedicated to other historic and artistic movements.

Below are some inspiring shows to catch this summer.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing at the Oakland Museum of California
May 13–August 13, 2017

Among the most influential of 20th Century photographers, Dorothea Lange documented American life sensitively and powerfully. Capturing everything from the plight of the Great Depression to incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, Lange’s photographs are vivid forms of social activism. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Museum.

Alexander Calder: Motion Lab at the SFMOMA
May 14–September 10, 2017
Floor 3

The art of the “mobile” was set into motion in the early 1930s by this genius of animated sculptural compositions. The range of creativity that Calder envisioned far surpasses the familiar hanging form. This exhibition marks the inaugural presentation in SFMOMA’s Calder gallery. Don’t miss this selection of artworks drawn almost exclusively from the Museum’s Fisher Collection.

Irwin Kremen / Matrix 265 at BAMPFA
April 26–August 27, 2017

A former psychology professor at Duke University, Kremen has been refining the practice of collage for more than 50 years. Composed primarily of weathered paper—scraps typically torn from street posters, advertisements and ephemera in European and American cities, including Berkeley, Kremen’s intricate compositions provide the viewer with a unique, richly textured perspective. Arrive prepared to be drawn in to an almost meditative experience.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Apr 27–Sep 3, 2017

The youthful Chast has been publishing with The New Yorker since 1978 and she is one of the most celebrated and beloved cartoonists working in the United States today. This retrospective marks the only presentation of the exhibition outside of New York and Massachusetts. In addition to panels from her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, the show includes videos that document her work.