The placement of these artworks is disconcerting and, for the most part, brilliant. Viewing the modern work next to ancient artifacts from China and from neighboring countries with which it has had a volatile history, instantly rewires our brains.
Seven installations by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei sprout amid the rusting steel bars, broken windows and peeling paint of a cellblock, a dining hall, hospital ward, and a forced labor facility.
For this non-traditional, mixed use space -- delightfully situated at the heart of a busy Oakland mall -- Naungayan Eggleton has flattened her work and moved away from her customary monochromatic palette, producing vertical panels whose saturated colors and sheens leap off the walls.
Fantasy and reality continued to meld throughout the show, which highlighted a broad swath of 20th-century and contemporary modern design galleries, artists and concepts. The satisfying result was as cool as a cloud of San Francisco fog.
Marilee can be terribly funny on the subject of her infertility. But there is more to this staging than finding comedy in the human condition. Above all, Marilee's performance reminds us of the power of ritual -- both positive and destructive.
Animal Collective's performance Friday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland was a bit of a carnival. The band's constantly developing style is also happening in their live set, moving towards a more accessible (even if unfamiliar) show.