2016 - 2017 Exhibition Season



Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

September 18 – November 27, 2016

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 3:00-5:00pm

ReTooled delves into the engaging and unexpected world of tools through more than 40 inspired paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs. Providing a dynamic entry point into the rich themes, materials and processes of 20th century art, ReTooled profiles 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including nationally recognized artists such as Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Léger and H.C. Westermann. ReTooled was curated by Jared Packard-Winkler and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. 

In the Alcove Gallery

Blade Runner: ReTooling the Saw as Art

The Bedford Gallery organized this invitational that features 20 artists from the Greater Bay Area who use blades as a surface for painting, or as 3D objects. Blade Runner will be exhibited as an adjunct show to ReTooled. Featured artists include Randy Colosky, Kristin Farr, Bella Feldman, GATS, Beverly Rayner, and Rico Solinas.  


Cut Up/Cut Out 

December 18 – March 5, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, December 18, 3:00-5:00pm

The artists of Cut Up/Cut Out explore this ancient method of decorative piercing and cutting, but extend their media to include paper, cloth, metal, wood, rubber and much more. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing. Organized by the Bedford Gallery, this exhibition is slated to travel nationally.


Material Girls: Lynn Aldrich & Sabina Ott  

March 23 – June 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 23, 6:00-8:00pm

This show profiles two nationally known artists whose work has had little exposure in the Bay Area. Material Girls presents the work of Lynn Aldrich (Los Angeles) and Sabina Ott (Chicago), artists who work intensely with everyday, banal materials and transform them into distinctive artworks. Material Girls (riffing on Madonna’s song from the 1980s) will focus on the artists’ process and capacity to transform familiar materials or objects into artworks that are large-scale, enigmatic and astounding—with a touch of humor. 

Sweet n Low: An International Show of Cute

June 22 – September 3, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 6-8pm

The artists selected for Sweet n Low extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. From kitsch and Margaret Keane’s Big Eyes, to Japanese anime and the contemporary Pop Art work of Takashi Murakami, we’re looking to unleash the roly-poly, goofily-gamboling, saccharine-honeyed creatures on this earth and beyond!


For descriptions of our exhibitions, curriculum connections and art project activities for youth tours, please see our 2016-2017 Exhibitions & Tours brochure.