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Occupational hazards

Geof Oppenheimer's politically charged new show at Ratio 3 juxtaposes polyphony with cacophany

Spellbound

Houdini's fascinating magic endures at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Uncomfortable truths

The SF Arts Commission's "SHIFT" asks America to put aside its discomfort and talk about race

The sight of sound

Punting audible obsolescence with Christian Marclay's cassette-based photograms and Fran Herndon's poetic echoes. 

Caves of forgotten dreams

Brice Bischoff's "Cave X" and Colin Christy's "Wild and Scenic" turn the outside inward

Vision statement

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Our visual arts column Hairy Eyeball sizes up fall's gallery and museum shows

The persistence of objects

Dadaist hybrids breathe remarkable new life in Berkeley Art Museum's "Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage"

Just say no

HAIRY EYEBALL: "Negative Space" at Steven Wolf Fine Arts transforms pessimism into something unexpected

California dreaming

Metal quilts and radical piss-taking marks YBCA's Bay Area Now

A minor place

The Mission school resurfaces with shows by Margaret Kilgallen and Chris Johanson

Fake-out

Stephanie Syjuco plays with the art of plundering, Matt Bryans calls up photography's ghost.

Crying in public

Being brave through site-specific choreography on Market Street 

Art fair city

Can artMRKT and ArtPadSF validate this city's role as a haven for visual arts?

All that glitters

Jamie Vasta updates Caravaggio for the literary queer

Exercises in style

Former SF resident Will Yackulic explores painting in a new show at Gregory Lind, while Camilla Newhagen sculpts fabric at Jack Fischer

Lucky charms, safe journeys

Yukako Ezoe reimagines the nature of self-portraiture in "Bahama Kangaroo"

Touching from a distance

Song Dong's work at YBCA radiates an electric current of emotions

Holy paint rollers

Mission street art takes a turn for the sainted

The line, the line

A rare screening brings Philip Guston's art to light

The unseen enemy

HAIRY EYEBALL: Trevor Paglen photographs the invisible, and Deva Graf sculpts contemplation

Not forgotten

The SF Arts Commission Gallery's "Afghanistan in 4 Frames" brings together images from a quartet of photographers. SFMOMA's mammoth exhibition "Exposed" errs on the side of excess.

Every little star

Eva Hesse is showcased at Berkeley Art Museum, while Katy Grannan brings the streets to Fraenkel Gallery

Now and then

Lauren DiCioccio remakes the stuff of everyday in revelatory ways

La Frontera

Hairy Eyeball: Tracey Snelling's 10-year retrospective at Rena Bransten haunts the edge of town, while Max Cole's show at Haines gets geological