With the whirlwind of the spring semester looming on the horizon, it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to decompress and get away from the bustle of campus. As an antidote to assignments, exams, and projects, consider visiting one of the Bay Area’s many museums, which feature a wide range of exhibits opening this semester. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying on a cold winter afternoon than visiting a new museum. Here are some of the top picks for upcoming exhibits around the bay this semester.

Let’s start locally: BAMPFA is located on the edge of campus, and with free entry for students with ID, it’s a great option for experiencing art. The museum currently features a number of intriguing art exhibits, spanning both medium and subject.

Arthur Jafa’s “The White Album” (until March 24) is currently on display in the Matrix 272 room and is an exploration of the white experience. The work is a 40-minute video made up of clips from a number of sources in an examination of race relations in the United States. Also on view at the museum in Matrix 273, an exhibition of Masako Miki’s work (until April 28). This exhibition is an immersive sculptural installation, with a variety of felt-covered forms representing yokai or shape-shifters.

BAMPFA has a number of other exhibitions already open which will be shown during the semester, including “Harvey
Quaytman: Against the Static” (on view until January 27, so check it out soon!); “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” (on view until March 3); “Get Dancin’: Selections from the Collection” (through March 31); “Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art” (until April 14) and “Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad” (until May 26).

In upcoming exhibitions, “Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction” will open February 27, showcasing the artist’s work of colorful abstract paintings and works on paper that bridge different avant-garde styles. keep. This exhibition will continue until July 21, so you will have plenty of time to discover it. While you’re at the museum, be sure to see the current piece installed on BAMPFA’s art wall – “Land(e)scape, 2018” by Barbara Stauffacher Soloman is on display until March 3.

The Oakland Museum of California is a multi-faceted institution, featuring exhibits that connect history, art, and science. It is also a few BART stops from campus near the Lake Merritt station. The museum currently features three exhibits: “Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline” (open through March 17), which reimagines what California was like centuries ago; “The World of Charles and Ray Eames” (open until February 18), highlighting the work of the prolific husband and wife designer duo and “Take Root: Oakland Grows Food” (open until November), an exhibition interactive on local food systems.

Upcoming at the museum is the exhibit ‘Mildred Howard’s TAP: An Inquiry into Memory’ (February 2-September 1), a multimedia installation exploring a number of themes including Howard’s militant lineage, the culture of Church and the Relationship to Tap Dancing. “Queer California: Untold Stories” (April 13-August 11) will open this spring, exploring both the milestones and untold stories of California’s LGBTQ+ history and culture through archival, photographic, and historical footage. other artifacts. “Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell” (May 4-September 1) opens later this semester and features the work of the first photographer to capture the railroad’s westward expansion transcontinental.

SFMOMA is another stronghold of Bay Area art and has a number of exhibitions in the coming months in addition to its permanent collections and other exhibits. “New Work: Rodney McMillian” (February 9-June 9) will show the Los Angeles-based artist’s work exploring class, race and gender in McMillian’s first West Coast solo exhibition. Opening February 16 is “Elemental Calder” which will explore the American sculptor
Alexander Calder’s iconic mobiles and on March 30, the museum will open ‘snap+share’, looking at different forms of media to trace the role of social media on images and vice versa. From February 23 to April 28, SFMOMA will also exhibit the work of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in a lovely BAMPFA/SFMOMA crossover moment.

With the wide range of museum options around the bay, there are plenty of opportunities to take a weekend getaway to check out an exhibit or two.

Camryn Bell is the Special Issues Editor. at [email protected] .

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