Art with an International Perspective

Thought provoking art is in abundance in April, particularly from an international perspective. Check out the Bay Area events below and see our comprehensive calendar for more.

“Once at Present” at the Minnesota Street Project through April 20


Twenty Bay Area visual artists of Iranian descent mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution in a contemporary art exhibition opening in multiple galleries at the Minnesota Street Project. The exhibition examines issues of migration, memory, history, the intersection of past and present and the cultural and personal implications of the Iranian diaspora.  Read more in our editorial section.

“Scenes from 71 Years” at Golden Thread Productions through May 5


“71 Years” has 31 short, tight, interwoven scenes in which nine actors play dozens of characters—mostly Palestinian but some Jewish/Israeli as well. Many of them reappear in various scenes in a non-chronological time span that stretches from the creation of Israel in 1948 to the 21st century.  Read more in our editorial section.


“The Jungle” at The Curran Theatre through May 19


This immersive production from London, by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, is set in the Calais “jungle,” that area on the coast of France that was for a while a refugee encampment. Among the international cast are actors who themselves came through that camp. Directors Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin place the audience in a Jungle café, reducing the Curran’s 1,600-seat capacity to 600, and providing a deeply sensorial, wraparound experience.  See more.

See our comprehensive calendar here.