Here are our picks for the top five ongoing photography exhibitions in the Bay Area and beyond.
We like to think that our photography exhibitions at The Image Flow and Gallery 291 are some of the best in the Bay Area, but you should check these out too!
Janet Delaney: South of Market
The de Young museum is currently hosting this exhibition particularly relevant to the Bay Area. Janet Delaney: South of Market depicts the complex history of a changing San Francisco neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s. Delaney, a world-renowned photographer now based in Berkeley, moved to SOMA in 1978. Her images, created with a large-format camera and color negative film, show the neighborhood at a time when redevelopment was threatening to change it forever. Ongoing through July 19.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is currently hosting a major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that features the work of 12 leading female photographers from the Arab world. She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World explores identity, narrative, and living through war, and aims to refute the idea that the women in this region are oppressed and powerless while inviting viewers to join the larger conversation of how Westerners view the Middle East through mainstream media. Free docent-led tours are available Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Ongoing through May 4.
Secondhand is an ongoing exhibition at Pier 24 Photography featuring artists like John Baldessari, Richard Prince, Larry Sultan, and Mike Mandel who use found images to create something new. These works are shown alongside selected vernacular images from the Pilara Foundation collection to show how found images can also offer new meaning simply by changing their context. Through May 31.
Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies
The vibrant world of Jews living in Poland before the Founding of the State of Israel in 1948 is currently on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies includes approximately 50 images made in the 1930s by photographer Ze’ev (Wilhelm) Aleksandrowicz.
Aleksandrowicz was born in Kraków in 1905 and in the 1920s and 1930s traveled throughout Poland and Europe as well as to Japan, the United States, Egypt, Hong Kong, and Singapore working on a series of photography projects. He took hundreds of photographs of life in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tyberias, Hadera, and the Jezreel Valley during three trips between 1932 and 1935. Eleven years after his death in 1992, his family discovered a suitcase full of his life’s work—more than 15,000 negatives. The collection has been scanned and catalogued in Israel’s National Library. Ongoing through May 24.
The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA
Since the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently closed during a massive expansion project, SFMOMA On the Go is touring parts of the museum’s collection to venues across California. If you happen to be in the Los Angles area between now and May 16, you might want to check out The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside. This is one of the preeminent collections of Japanese photography, including the work of Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Shomei Tomatsu. The tumultuous post World War II period in Japan bred a new generation of photographers who responded their country’s shifting social and political atmosphere by creating a new visual language dubbed “Are, Bure, Boke”—rough, blurred, and out of focus.
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