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Larissa Archer
Larissa Archer is a writer and theatre worker in San Francisco. Her website is

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Paris Photo Lands at Paramount Studios This Week!

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 8:15 PM

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Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014
pigment print
Exhibitor : Catherine Edelman

This week, the international photography world is descending upon Paramount Studios for the third annual Los Angeles edition of...

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Nan Still Stands: "Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits" at Fraenkel Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

This article first appeared on Writhing in Apathy, the website of Larissa Archer's writings on art and events and her personal essays.

In my hall, Berlin, November 2013 © Nan Goldin, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

"Herr God, Herr...

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The Book of Lines: Alonzo King Moves from Stage to Page

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Michael Montgomery, photo by RJ Muna

The cliché about ballet dancers is that they are "light on their feet," that they "float" and "soar" across the stage. I've always felt the opposite to be more interesting: nobody reveals a more solid connection...

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The Embarrassment of Riches: Bulgari at the De Young

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Liz Taylor wearing the Bulgari "green set"

In case you were wondering, the technological highlight of the De Young Museum's "Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond," is a clever interactive portfolio devoted to the Italian house's queen collector, Liz Taylor. Upon...

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Curation as a New Translation: Diane Arbus 1971-1956 at Fraenkel Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:53 PM

DIANE ARBUS Two ladies at the automat, N.Y.C. 1966 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

I am not cruel, only truthful---
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Sylvia Plath

Diane Arbus famously brought a dispassionate...

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Silver Meadows Revisited

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 7:06 PM


#10789-2109 © Todd Hido 2012

First off, I should say that I appear in this book as a model.

Todd Hido's Excerpts from Silver Meadows (Nazraeli Press 2013) describes what might be a recognizable place, geographically speaking, to anyone familiar with midwestern suburbia....

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Are You Devoted?

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Carolena Nericcio (right) dances American Tribal Style belly dance with Megha Gavin

We talked with Carolena Nericcio, artistic Director of FatChanceBellyDance, about American Tribal Style belly dance and FCBD's upcoming show, Devotion. The large, yearly production is a departure from FCBD's generally more...

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Bellydancing and Hummus: Third Fridays at Tannourine

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 1:16 PM

FatChanceBellyDance. photo by Manda Timms at Cues and Tattoos 2013

One of the effects of skyrocketing rent in any city is that the surrounding cities become cooler. Inexpensive space attracts artists who fill that space with work they can no longer afford to present...

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'We Have Not Loved Life': Garry Winogrand at SFMOMA

(14) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Garry Winogrand, Metropolitan Opera, New York, ca. 1951; posthumous digital reproduction from original negative; Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The first several hours I spent in...

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Vaulting Ambition: China's Terracotta Warriors at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Armored kneeling archer (detail), Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE). China. Terracotta. Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1977. Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi.

It's hard not to give oneself over entirely to awe when regarding any of the great man-made...

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"Desert Jewels" and "Anima and Tuareg" at the Museum of the African Diaspora

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 1:51 PM

Woman of the Ouled Nails, Algeria. Ètienne and Louis-Antonin Neurdein, c. 1880. Original photograph on albumen paper from a collodion

The Museum of the African Diaspora is hosting two small but excellent shows this month. "Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from...

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The Messiness of Love, Family and Identity: Q&A With Lysley Tenorio

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:42 PM


The people of Lysley Tenorio's story collection, Monstress (Ecco), are straddlers. Most obviously, they straddle cultures. Filipino immigrants in America pine for their native land or wish, often hopelessly, to assimilate indistinguishably into the culture of their adopted home. Life in the...

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Soaring Through the Air, Writhing on the Ground: Bad Unkl Sista's First Breath, Last Breath

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 5:14 PM

Photo by Mike Estee

I could tell the performance I was about to witness late last month was extraordinary even before entering the auditorium, just from watching the audience trickle into Z Space in San Francisco. There was a man who had somehow fused...

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Robert Moses' Kin Does it Again

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 5:57 PM

Photo by RJ Muna

Weekends are short and the list of culturally enriching events is long. With all the concerts, readings, exhibits and shows going on, how do you decide what to fit into your all-too-brief respite from the workweek? Well, attending a...

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Speak, Memory: Restaging the Past in Todd Hido's Silver Meadows

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 11:59 AM

2012-02-28-Untitled10096.jpgUntitled # 10096, 2011, chromogenic print, courtesy of Stephen Wirtz Gallery

The press release for Todd Hido's recent exhibit Excerpts from Silver Meadows describes it as a "metaphorical reckoning with his own past," and indeed many of images look as they might in...

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The Staying Power of Joan Baez: A Night at Yoshi's

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Joan Baez with her son, Gabriel Harris, on the cajon and Marianne Aya Omac. Photo by Jamie Soja

As diverse as the music performed in concerts is, so are the appearances of the audiences. James Mollison documented a spectrum of what he calls the...

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Artist Unbound: Francesca Woodman at SFMOMA

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Francesca Woodman, Polka Dots, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976; gelatin silver print; 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (13.3 x 13.3 cm); courtesy George and Betty Woodman; © George and Betty Woodman

There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me, or ever...

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Asian Art Museum's "Maharaja" Overlooks Crucial Cultural Questions in India (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Jagat Singh II of Mewar and his Rani celebrating Teej, 1790

Any exhibition on the wealth of a nation's royal class is an exhibition of the inflated amour-propre of men with money and armies at their beck. Well-fed bluebloods wrap themselves in...

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Lines Ballet's Resin Breaks Down Ballet's Conventions

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 11:24 AM

Resin, the showcase of Lines Ballet's fall season, exemplifies what makes the company a treasure for San Francisco and the world of dance. Set to the music of the Sephardic tradition (songs of the Jewish diaspora into Yemen, Spain, Morocco, and Turkey), Resin makes one wonder why more choreographers have...

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Brothers at Rayko Catalogs Life Off the Grid

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 5:08 PM

It is tempting to regard a life that takes place "off the grid" of modern culture -- sans TV, sans cellphone, sans facebook, sans travel -- with pity, as if the person living this way was "left behind" or just doesn't know what he's missing. The temptation to belittle this...

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