For those not trecking to Stanford for the Big Game, indulge your artsy side in San Francisco. Epicenter of culture and creativity, the city offers gallery openings, special exhibitions, and exciting arts events each weekend. Here are my top must-sees to check out this Saturday:
“I Am Legion” 1:AM Gallery
Artists and toy connoisseurs come together in 3A Custom Toy’s first official art show as they challenge viewers to see 3A Toys through an artistic lens. The artworks, industrial toys, sculptures, and paintings, are at once playfully sinister and profoundly thought-provoking.
Bernini’s Medusa, Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
$6 students, $10 adults
Generously loaned by the Musei Capitolini in Rome, the Baroque masterpiece just arrived stateside at the Legion of Honor. Sculpted by artistic virtuoso Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the tormented snake-haired beauty should not be missed.
“Altered Barbie Exhibition” Shotwell 50 Inc.
Participating artists take the iconic pop culture artifacts, Barbie and Ken, and transform them into works of art. Controversial, highly entertaining, and a little creepy, the show closes Sunday, so be sure check it out.
“Lost Cities” Luggage Store Gallery
Luggage Store Gallery/Courtesy
Artists Chris Brown and Johanna Poethig fuse video, images and sound into a multi-sensory outdoor adventure space. Saturday’s public event will add bicyclists, transmitting their own channel of sound, to the sound-and-sight experience.
“Liz Mamorsky: A 50 Year Retrospective” Driftwood Salon Gallery
Opening Reception 6:00-9:00pm
Driftwood Salon Gallery invites viewers to trace the journey of their newest featured artist, Liz Mamorsky, through her paintings, reclaimed material sculpture and drawings.
“60/30” by Blek le Rat 941 Geary
Opening Reception 6:00-900pm
French artist Blek Le Rat began painting local streets 30 years ago, and has since been an integral part of the worldwide street art revolution. This retrospective exhibition, his largest yet, asserts his innovative presence and intense mastery in street art.