Plan a weekend visit to a Bay Area museum to check out one of these compelling exhibitions. These are just a few selections from our comprehensive calendar; see all of the museum exhibition listings in our comprehensive calendar.
Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272 at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive through March 24
Artist and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa is featured in this installation of the Matrix series, with both a gallery exhibition and a series of evening screenings in in BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater. In one of his most widely recognized pieces, Jafa stitched together a montage of Black life culled from video clips found online, set to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam.” See details.
Louis Stettner: Traveling Light at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through May 27
Louis Stettner’s illustrious 80-year-long career as an iconic photographer is reconsidered in this thematic retrospective of his life’s work. He’s known for remarkably intimate images of New York and Paris; Stettner served in the Army in WWII, moved to Paris in the late 1940s to study at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques and lived between the U. S. and France for the rest of his life. See details.
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at Contemporary Jewish Museum through July 7
The 89-piece exhibit—a mix of photography,painting, sculpture (both free-standing and wall-hanging), video, 3-D animation and installation—features 10 contemporary artists, all of whom are either a woman, LGBTQ, a person of color or gender non-binary. They are featured in relation to the groundbreaking 20th-century French artists Claude Cahun, born Lucy Schwob (1894-1954), and her life-long collaborator and lover, Marcel Moore, born Suzanne Malherbe (1892-1972). See details.