Bay Area museums are presenting a rich array of exhibitions over the coming months. The following are just a few examples; see more museums in the Bay Area here.
Jordan Casteel “Returning the Gaze” at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through February 2
This is the first museum solo exhibition for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Casteel’s uncommonly tender, large-scale figurative paintings feature “people who might be easily unseen,” including people in transit, navigating daily life with children in tow. See details.
“Soul of a Nation” at de Young Museum through March 15
Celebrating the works that African American artists created during two pivotal decades in American history (1963–1983), the exhibition--organized by Tate Modern, London--examines the very purpose of art and the role of artists in society. Featuring more than 150 works by over 60 artists. See more.
“SOFT POWER” at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through February 17
SOFT POWER is an exhibition of recent work and 15 new commissions by 20 artists from around the world. Artists gathered here understand themselves as social actors, question their responsibility as citizens, and are aware of their role as public intellectuals and provocateurs. See details.