With so many things to do in San Francisco, it's easy to miss the many fantastic art exhibits and shows that pass through smaller galleries, as opposed to big museum shows. While it's nearly impossible for even the most ardent art lover to see it all, we've once again curated a collection of must see exhibits currently (or soon to be) gracing the walls of San Francisco's finest art spaces. Plan accordingly.
"Through One Child's Eyes," San Francisco State College of Creative Arts
This powerful exhibit focuses on the life and career of Dr. Gene and Ms. Ann Pitman, two medical missionaries who spent the 1960s in Nigeria. There is specific emphasis on the impact of the Pitman's time in Nigeria on their young daughters through archives, photographs and an extensive arts and crafts collection. Through April 1, J. Paul Leonard Library, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Avenue, SF.
Erik Scollon, Romer Young Gallery
Have you ever looked closely at a bench or a side table? Artist Erik Scollon has, and created a collection of sculpture-paintings that are both banal household items (mostly furniture) as well as works of art. The San Francisco-based artist's work has been featured in museums and gay biker bars alike, and explores the physical manifestations of emotions like love, hope and heartbreak. Through April 2, 1240 22nd Street, SF.
"Gordon Parks: Higher Ground," Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Photojournalism fans take note: One the the 20th century's greats is featured in a truly special exhibit this month. Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer at LIFE Magazine, working there from 1948-1972. This exhibit will commemorate his photo essays on the Civil Rights Movement and feature a whopping 60 pieces of artwork. Through April 2, 464 Sutter Street, SF.
"minimal", Slate Contemporary/Oakland
We are curious to see how this mostly all-white exhibit takes (mostly all-white) shape. Featuring paintings by Edythe Bresnahan, photography by Tressa Pack, sculpture by Jane Grimm and mixed media work by Silvia Poloto and Lucky Rapp, this super-subtle exhibit takes the capital "M" out of minimal. Through April 16, 473, 25th Street, Oakland.
"Susan Grossman: Urbanscapes," Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery
If there's anything a San Franciscan loves, it's art featuring this very city. Artist Susan Grossman does just that with her charcoal and pastel "Urbanscapes East/West" of New York City and our very own San Francisco. Grossman's detailed work, often done in back, white and greys, is mesmerizing—even when it's not about SF. Through April 16, 49 Geary Street Galleries, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, 49 Geary Street, SF.
"Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited," Healdsburg Center for the Arts
A group of talented potters coincidentally happened to begin their training together at Luther College in Deborah, Iowa; and then they all happened to head west to train again at Pond Farm in Sonoma. This lovingly curated exhibit offers a look at ceramic works for this (and only this) group, exploring the curious connection between the artists, and similarities and differences in their works. March 10-April 10, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg.