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Stanford’s Cantor museum hires new director

Susan Dackerman, a German Renaissance scholar, will be named Friday as the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, as the university museum is formally known. Dackerman, [Read entire story]

S.F.’s Opera Plaza Cinema may be going dark

The Opera Plaza Cinema, a cozy four-screen movie theater known for its independent and documentary programming, appears headed for closure. Opera Plaza LP, owner of the commercial property at the 13-story condo tower in [Read entire story]

Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais wins major national award

San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Charles Desmarais has been named a winner of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for outstanding performance in visual arts journalism. “This is an extraordinary honor for a man who [Read entire story]

Gray Reisfield, niece and confidante of Greta Garbo, dies at 85

Gray Reisfield, niece and sole heiress to the estate of the reclusive Swedish screen star Greta Garbo, has died. “Kata (family nickname for Garbo) taught my mother to swim in the Pacific Ocean,” said Derek [Read entire story]

Most of a Mexican Museum collection fails authentication

Almost all of the artifacts described as the oldest in the permanent collection of the Mexican Museum are either forgeries or cannot be authenticated to display in a national museum. According to the report, only 83 of [Read entire story]

50 years of protest photos in 50-year-old gallery

Nobody loved the draft, and while national news photographers were looking for hippies with flowers their hair on Haight Street, Berkeley documentarian Nacio Jan Brown was shooting a protest against the Vietnam War at [Read entire story]

Permit for Summer of Love concert in park denied for 2nd time

Citing unresolved safety, transportation and legal issues, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday again denied promoter Boots Hughston a permit to host a free concert in Golden Gate Park to [Read entire story]

LSD king Owsley Stanley’s ‘Sonic Journals’ surface after 50 years

Way out in the western hills of Sonoma County where no one can hear it, Owsley “Bear” Stanley’s personal speaker system is cranking Doc and Merle Watson’s version of “Tennessee Stud,” recorded by Bear at the [Read entire story]

City to throw free Summer of Love concert in Golden Gate Park

After twice rejecting an independent producer’s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will throw its own [Read entire story]

Promoter again denied permit to mark Summer of Love anniversary

For the second time, promoter Boots Hughston has been denied a permit to stage a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Last week, Hughston told The Chronicle that he was [Read entire story]

West Edge Festival is moving — but can’t say where

West Edge Opera, the sponsoring entity, lost its use of the historic 16th Street Station in West Oakland and has not finalized a replacement space yet. The festival opens Aug. 2, and free shuttles to the as-yet unknown [Read entire story]

Portrait painting in action at Stanford

At 11:30 Monday morning, writer Tammy Fortin set up her manual Olivetti in the grand marble atrium at Cantor Arts Center and began tapping out a short story. [...] artist Hope Gangloff set up her acrylic paints and [Read entire story]

Rare glimpses inside scene that would become Summer of Love

“There are images in this show that have very literally never been seen before,” says guest curator Dennis McNally, who spent six months traversing from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz to uncover 100 photographs by 20 [Read entire story]

Unknown photographer of the working life gets premiere

Activist photographer Steve Cagan has never had a solo exhibition on the West Coast, and he wouldn’t have had one still if he hadn’t instructed Jeanne Friscia in a class at Rutgers University in New Jersey 30 years [Read entire story]

Nation’s tallest public art to top Salesforce Tower

A brilliantly dynamic nine-story electronic sculpture will top the new Salesforce Tower with ever-changing LED light in what is being touted as the tallest public art installation in the United States, according to plans [Read entire story]

Thousands gather at Lake Merritt for anti-Trump climate march

On a Saturday that was too hot for April or even May, a couple of thousand activists gathered at Oakland’s Lake Merritt to demonstrate for environmental protection and register their low opinion of President Trump’s [Read entire story]

24-hour sun exposures of Arctic Circle at Haines Gallery

In order to get into position to make a picture, Chris McCaw loads his century-old panoramic view camera into his van and drives north. When he runs out of the continental United States, he catches a ferry to Alaska, [Read entire story]

Civic Auditorium to get public art treatment

The side that gets the most traffic, along Polk Street, is stupefyingly boring with only a Brutalist fire escape to break up the monotony. Using white neon that shines day and night, Kosuth’s design is to break the [Read entire story]

Northern California artists, academics win Guggenheim funding

[...] she also knows that she was born in 1973, the year of the oil crisis, and connecting those dots is what has landed Malmendier a Guggenheim Fellowship. The fellowships, to be announced Friday in New York, include [Read entire story]

Northern California 2017 Guggenheim fellows

Here are the 16 Northern California winners among the 173 fellows being announced Friday by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Wendy Brown — Political science professor, Zackary Canepari — Film and [Read entire story]