There's a little something for everybody this fall at Bay Area museums.
The upcoming exhibits include a major retrospective on 19th-century Swedish artist Anders Zorn and the first survey of contemporary artist David Hockney's work in more than a decade. There's a major show on the history and future of the Bay and one that examines the link between art and food (a splendid combination in the Bay Area). Oh, and fanboys will eat up an exhibit of all things "Star Wars."
Here's a quick rundown: "Anders Zorn, Sweden's Master Painter": Zorn is not that famous today, but at the turn of the 20th century, he was one of the best-known artists in the world. His work, which includes paintings, watercolors and
etchings, ranges in subject matter from Spain and Algeria in the 19th century, Paris at the time of the Impressionists, and American landscapes, as well as reflections on native land and culture. The show pulls together more than 90 works, most of them rarely seen, from private and public collections in Europe and the United States. Nov. 9-Feb. 2, Legion of Honor, San Francisco. $6-$10, http://legionofhonor.famsf.org. "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition": This show is going to be the largest exhibit in the history of the de Young Museum. It will have more than 300 works, including multicanvas paintings and large multimedia displays, and will fill 18,000 square feet of the museum. (In other words, expect to spend some time.) Put together exclusively for the de Young, it is the first major view of Hockney's work since 2002 and should be the big art show of the fall season. Oct. 26-Jan. 20, de Young Museum, San Francisco. $25, go to http://deyoung.famsf.org for more information, including timed tickets. "Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay": Speaking of major shows, the Oakland Museum of California is committing all three of its recently redone galleries to this show, timed to the reopening of the Bay Bridge. It highlights both the history of the Bay and contemporary issues through extensive oral histories and interactive exhibits. It looks ahead to how such climactic changes as sea-level rise will affect the future of the Bay and those who live around it. Aug. 31-Feb. 23, Oakland Museum of California. $6-$12, http://www.museumca.org.
Rebel Alliance Y-wing starfighter is one of the many different models from the Star Wars films on display in the "Star Wars" exhibition coming to San Jose's Tech Museum.
Courtesy: Lucasfilm (ERIC WORKMAN)
"Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination": You might have heard that they are going to start making "Star Wars" films again. So, to get everybody in the mood, the Tech Museum in San Jose is hosting a big exhibit on all things related to the iconic George Lucas films. The show, which will cover 10,000 square feet, will include costumes, models and props from all of the movies, plus interactive exhibits. Among the artifacts: the original Yoda puppet. You'll also get to walk through a spaceport and walled Jawa town, meet C-3PO and R2-D2 and take a ride on the Millennium Falcon (well, at least in a full-scale cockpit.) Oct. 19-Feb. 23, Tech Museum, San Jose. $9-$22 (includes admission to the museum), www.thetech.org. "Around the table: food, creativity, community": The next big exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art is quite the undertaking. Over the next few months, the museum is going to explore the intersection of agriculture, food and art -- a tasty treat in an area once known for its farming and now as a hub of all things foodie. Part one of the program goes up Sept. 6 with a large-scale installation on roti from internationally known artist Jitish Kallat; the major exhibit opens Nov. 9 with the works of 29 contemporary artists, including 17 pieces commissioned for the show. Sept. 6-April 20, San Jose Museum of Art. $5-$8, www.sjmusart.org.
"BRIDLINGTON ROOFTOPS, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER" (2005) is part of the new exhibit of David Hockney's work at San Francisco's de Young Museum.
Photo: Richard Schmidt (Richard Schmidt)
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