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Museum gotta see ‘um
January 27, 2017, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

The comic, text-based works of New York artist Cary Leibowitz come to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco from Jan. 26 through June 25. The exhibition features 350 pieces from 1987 to the present: paintings, commercially manufactured multiples, works on paper, archival material and fabric works.

CARY LEIBOWITZ: MUSEUM SHOW, AT THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM IN SAN FRANCISCO. Since the early 1990s, when he became widely known under the moniker “Candyass,” Cary Leibowitz has created work driven by anxieties, neuroses and premonitions of difference. The New York-based artist creates comic, text-based works with an emphatically gay and often Jewish perspective that address issues of identity, kitsch, modernist critique and queer politics. With a preference for lowbrow aesthetics and threadbare materials, Leibowitz creates work with a bold, cartoon-like quality: pop colors are combined with a childish scrawl, proclaiming abundant displays of insecurity and exposing simplistic raw truths about contemporary society. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco hosts the first comprehensive career survey and solo museum exhibition of Leibowitz’s work, featuring 350 pieces from 1987 to the present: paintings, commercially manufactured multiples, works on paper, archival material and fabric works. In addition to original works, the exhibition will also include many of the multiples created specifically for individual exhibitions that carry on Leibowitz’s obsession with popular culture, identity and fine art. Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a 256-page fully-illustrated hardcover catalog with contributions by CJM Associate Curator Anastasia James and Leibowitz, as well as Rhonda Lieberman, Hilton Als, Simon Lince, Fran Drescher, David Bonetti and Glen Helfand.

CJM ARTPACK FOR CHILDREN. Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to introduce museum art and culture to your children? Come to The Contemporary Jewish Museum and check out an ARTpack at the admission desk anytime you visit. Filled with age-appropriate activities, ARTpacks are designed to help families explore the museum and its exhibitions together. There are several ARTpacks from which to choose, so there’s always something new to do — every time you visit. Free with museum admission.

MUSEUM PARTICULARS. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is located at 736 Mission St. between Third and Fourth streets in San Francisco. Open daily (except Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The CJM’s Museum Store features hand-crafted Judaica, gifts for adults and children, and an extensive selection of books related to the museum’s exhibitions, Judaism, contemporary artists and architecture. For information call (415) 655-7800 or visit www.thecjm.org. Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show is on view through June 25.

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THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM'S FREE FIRST FRIDAYS PROGRAM CONTINUES ON FEB. 3 WITH A CELEBRATION OF CHINESE NEW YEAR. The San Mateo County History Museum continues its "Free First Fridays" program on Feb. 3. Not only is admission free the entire day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but two programs are planned for the public without any fees. At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about Chinese New Year and make model roosters to take home. Then museum staff will conduct a special program in its Immigrant Experience exhibit gallery, where the youngsters will hear the story Max Celebrates Chinese New Year. At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway within the 107-year-old "Old Courthouse" in Redwood City. It features exhibits related to the use of natural resources, suburban development, ethnic experience and entrepreneurial achievement on the Peninsula from the time of the Costanoan Indian through today. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Monday. The "Free First Fridays" program is sponsored by the San Mateo Credit Union. For more information contact www.historysmc.org or 299-0104.

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AVIATION DAY CAMP THIS SUMMER AT THE HILLER AVIATION MUSEUM IN SAN CARLOS. It's all about airplanes. Aviation Camp at the Hiller Aviation Museum is a weeklong summer program in aviation and aerospace for children who will be entering grades JK-eight during Fall

2017. Camp programs include hands-on activities and flying models; flight simulation sessions; aircraft demonstrations; behind-the-scenes museum gallery explorations; and aviation-themed games. High school students aged 14-17 as of June 1, 2017, may apply as Aviation Camp Volunteers. Children entering kindergarten in Fall 2017 and who will be 5 years old no later than the camp start date may register for all Elementary Camp topics. Children entering a JK/TK program who will be at least 4 years old at camp start date may register for Flight Explorers. Campers must be at least 10 years old and attending grades five-eight to enroll in any Advanced Camp topic. The Hiller Aviation Museum is located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. For information about Aviation Day Camp registration call 654-0200 or visit www.hiller.org.

Susan Cohn can be reached at susan@smdailyjournal.com or www.twitter.com/susancityscene.

 

 

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