Bursts of color, quilts and Capra soothe winter’s dejection in Bay Area museums

January 12, 2016 - fall Denim

A genuine winter deteriorate finally gimlet down on us progressing this month — another inducement for an shun track into a warm, dry and colorful atmosphere of Bay Area museums. But only a few weeks sojourn to locate some of a choice exhibits that non-stop this past fall.

There’s a singular event to perspective shimmering feathered capes from Hawaii and uninformed tone and pattern from East Bay quilt-makers. It’s a final possibility to see Japanese and Japanese-inspired pattern (Van Gogh, Manet, Degas) from a mythological collection of a Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

One uncover ends Monday, though others continue for several weeks. Here are a suggestions, in a sequence they close:

Cantor Arts Center

CANTOR ARTS CENTERquot;Sunset on Mount Diablo,quot; an 1877 portrayal by Scottish-American painter William Keith is partial of a quot;Artists at

“Artists during Work”: This is a kind of vaunt a university museum can do so well: solemnly exploring art of a past and a tie — or separation — to a present. More than 70 paintings, drawings, sculptures and other media are displayed. There are some distinguished contrasts, such as William Keith’s 1877 California landscape portrayal and Edward Ruscha’s photographs of Los Angeles in a 1960s and ’70s.

And don’t skip a continuing, messenger vaunt of Richard Diebenkorn’s career-spanning sketchbooks and studies for larger-scale paintings. Also on perspective is Edward Hopper’s evocative 1913 painting, “New York Corner,” recently acquired by a Cantor.

Details: “Artists during Work” by Monday; Diebenkorn and Hopper exhibits by Aug. 22 (closed Feb. 22-25); 328 Lomita Drive during Museum Way, Stanford University; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday-Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; free; 650-723-4177; http://museum.stanford.edu.

Asian Art Museum

“Looking East”: The Bay Area gets dual superb exhibits in one with this collection from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. There is important Japanese art, mostly tone woodblock prints from a 19th century, and an array of Western works arrangement how fast Japan’s change took reason in art, pattern and technique.

You can’t skip a paintings, drawings and prints by Vincent outpost Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt. But also check out a artistic pinkish silk taffeta sauce gown, circa 1900, done for a Western market, a decorated porcelain inkwell and a Japanese-inspired works by Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright.

quot;Mamalooquot; (1992) -- a denim and string flannel coverlet pieced by ArbieWilliams and quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Alberta Wade -- isone

Details: Through Feb. 7; 200 Larkin St., San Francisco; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; $15-$20 weekdays, $20-$25 weekends; 415-581-3500, www.asianart.org.

San Jose Museum of Art

“Character Studies: Clay from a Collection”: This is one of dual choice exhibits from a museum’s possess collection. The pretension is modest, though a 16 ceramic sculptures positively compare a curator’s description: “wildly resourceful expressions of a tellurian figure.” They couldn’t be some-more intriguing, and they’re mostly a hoot.

The artists embody Northern California masters of new decades such as Viola Frey, Robert Arneson and Stephen DeStaebler. Look for Stan Welsh’s array of fluent clay faces, Richard Shaw’s tall, inept fabricated total and Arneson’s “Colonel Hyena,” with a guided barb for a nose.

Details: Through Feb. 7; 110 S. Market St., San Jose; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; $5-$10; 408-271-6840, www.sjmusart.org.

“Diebenkorn in a Bedroom, DeFeo in a Den”: Dixon and Barbara Farley weren’t only collectors — they “shared their home,” as a San Jose museum points out, with complicated and contemporary art. They gave 73 of those works to a museum. Now visitors can be surrounded, as a Farleys were by this art — mostly works on paper, by such notables as Richard Serra, Claes Oldenburg and Jay DeFeo.

It’s like a compress story of a art of a past half-century. There are generally bold, densely colored and mostly epitome images arrangement a energy of prints. Don’t skip a porcelain sculpture tucked distant behind in a gallery, Fairfax artist Richard Shaw’s “Cake with Origami Ship.”

Details: Through Feb. 28; 110 S. Market St., San Jose; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; $5-$10; 408-271-6840, www.sjmusart.org.

Oakland Museum of California

“Yo-Yos Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts”: As colorful an vaunt as we will find in a museum or gallery this winter, “Yo-Yos” highlights works by 5 quilters who were speedy by Oakland-based gourmet Eli Leon. Sometimes one chairman did a pattern and fabric piecing, and another a quilting. The formula are roughly dizzying. Don’t design regimented geometrics.

The materials operation from Rosie Lee Tomkins’ shimmering red and black velvet to Arbie Williams’ denim jeans. Another Tompkins work, called “Unfinished,” is a collage including beaded trim, sequined sweater tools and crocheted doilies. See it to trust it.

Details: Through Feb. 21; 1000 Oak St. (at 10th Street), Oakland; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $6.95-$15.95; 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.

De Young Museum

“Royal Hawaiian Featherworks”: Unless we transport to Honolulu and make your approach to a Bishop Museum collection of Hawaiian informative artifacts, we will never see an vaunt like this. The Bishop and other collectors have supposing a gorgeous collection of some-more than 70 cloaks, capes, leis and high staffs with billowing plume ornamentation.

They were combined essentially for Hawaiian kingship and warriors as panoply with devout powers, done from feathers of birds that were deemed to fly closest to a gods. They make an shimmering display, in distinguished epitome patterns that seem to mix ancient enlightenment and complicated art.

Details: Through Feb. 28; 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; $10-$18; 415-750-3600, http://deyoung.famsf.org.

Museo ItaloAmericano

“Italian American Cinema: From Capra to a Coppolas”: The American film attention grew adult with gifted immigrants behind and in front of a camera. Italians and Italian-Americans were among them, even if early depictions were stereotypes. Now an expanded vaunt during San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center follows that story from 1915 to a benefaction with photos, videos, judicious content and film artifacts.

Valentino, Stallone and DiCaprio are here, and a Coppola family tree with photos covers one wall. Among a large box-office names you’ll also find Adriana Caselotti (the singing voice of Disney’s Snow White), Anna Maria Italiano (Anne Bancroft), Alfonso D’Abruzzo (Alan Alda) and Aldo DaRe (Crockett’s Aldo Ray).

Details: Through Mar 6; noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard during Buchanan Street, San Francisco; free; 415-673-2200, www.museoitaloamericano.org.

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