Category Archives: Advance Notice

Blur Book Is Here!

Blur Book Cover Image

It’s All A Blur, the current exhibition at SOMArts, is coming to a close. This Friday we are having the closing reception for the show and simultaneously releasing the exhibition catalog. Edited by SOMArts curator and gallery director Justin Hoover, it features writing by Guillermo Gómez-PeñaDale Hoyt , Amelia Jones, Niki Korth and Sandip Roy.  All the design work for this project was done by award-winning designer (aka my husband) Dan McKinley , who was recently recognized in Print Magazine’s 2010 Regional Design Annual, and many of the photographs of the installations were shot by Hewitt Photography (aka our wedding photographer), who gave us lots of generous in-kind support that made this possible.

The book is 128 pages, and in keeping with the theme it blurs the lines between a document of the exhibition and a stand-alone curated literary exploration. The retail price is $25 and can be purchased here via EventBrite or anytime from the SOMArts gallery.  This is a limited edition print of 500 copies.

The line up for the book release party and closing night promises to be exciting including readings by Dale Hoyt and Niki Korth, live video deejaying from David Lawrence and music by DJ Tom Thump.

Please come to the SOMArts Main Gallery this Friday from 6:00-9:00 pm with readings from 7:00-8:00.  The event is free and has a cash bar. Here is a link to the facebook event page.

(blog post text adapted from Justin Hoover’s e-newsletter.)

Spiraling Westward

I am back in Massachusetts purging and sorting as we prepare for Dan and Stella’s West Coast migration, but if I were in the Bay Area this week I would attend Joseph Smolinski’s opening at Swarm Gallery in Oakland on May 15. Am very curious to hear other people’s responses to Taking Back the Jetty (2009).

Almost exactly a year ago, Smolinski’s Tree Turbine debuted in the Badlands exhibition at Mass MoCA and I interviewed him for The Art Agenda. In the podcast, Smolinski talks about the work’s origins, and the process of working with students, curators and a fabrication team to realize his vision.

Advance Notice: Nov 24—30

I’m a little behind this week but figure that’s okay, because the week is supposed to be all about friends and family. Although my San Francisco “family” is small (growing fast!), people here have been very generous in including me in their holiday plans. Between people I’m meeting and people who are moving or visiting, I won’t be lonely as Thanksgiving morphs into an all-out holiday blur. Dan is coming to San Francisco (from Massachusetts), as is my friend Eddie (from L.A.), and I just learned that one of the super-invaluable student workers from Green Street has now graduated and moved from Connecticut to Oakland.

This week’s cultural outings will include:

Thursday, November 27, 4:30am
Un-Thanksgiving on Alcatraz

Saturday, November 29, 10am
Buskers at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Sunday, November 30, noon
Bazaare Bizarre at the San Francisco County Fair Building, followed by a stroll around the Academy of Sciences

Advance Notice: Nov 17—23

I am adding a new category, “Advance Notice,” to document some of my San Francisco exploration. While it’s in no means a guarantee, it is definitely an indicator of places I’ll be in the week ahead. If you see me, say hi;)

Thursday, Nov 20, 8pm
Brava! Theater’s production of Friends, by Kobo Abe

Friday, Nov 21, 7pm
Rebel Reading Series at The Knockout, 3223 Mission (at Valencia)

Saturday, Nov 22, 11am
World’s Smallest Postal Service at The Curiosity Shoppe, 855 Valencia

Sunday, Nov 23, 7pm
Industry Night for Magic Theatre‘s production of Evie’s Waltz, by Carter W. Lewis