- Photo courtesy of Slate Contemporary
Barbara Kyne’s work acts as a vehicle for introspective questions that the mainstream media often misses. Her previous exhibits, A Crack in the World and By Fire, delved into modern ecological circumstances like global warming and its effects on the hierarchy of living organisms, from a future tree’s tiny seedlings to human life itself. At the Museum, Kyne’s most recent work — which will be part of Slate Contemporary’s three-person exhibition called Being Seen — presents an outsider point of view for appreciating art and its ability to consume the viewer. The pictures are blurred on purpose to recreate the same emotion that the viewers in Kyne’s photos witness. Instead of having defined and crisp pictures, she explores with color, shape, and light. Being Seen will also feature work by Richard Koci Hernandez and Sherry Karver. — Amyra Soriano
Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., free, 473 25th St. Oakland, SlateContemporary.com
Beauty as Resistance: A human trafficking awareness training and candlelight protection vigil. This event is a part of The Black Woman is God. Fri., Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m., free. Regina's Door, 352 17th St., Oakland.
Being Seen: A photography exhibition that explores themes of identity, anonymity, privacy, and space. Artist talk + tour on Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. Runs through Oct. 27, free. SLATE contemporary, 473 25th St., Oakland, SlateArt.net.
The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods: A satellite exhibition of the SOMArts annual showcase of art honoring Black women. Through Sept. 29, free. Betti Ono Gallery and Shop, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, BettiOno.com.
Concrete Utopia: Fragments of urban life and daydreams unite the works of Rachelle Bussières and Courtney Sennish. Opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 5-8pm., free. Johansson Projects, 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, JohanssonProjects.com.
The Figure Progresses: Painting, printmaking, and drawing that reveal how Oakland artist Fernando Reyes evolved from abstraction to figure work. Through Sept. 8. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, MercuryTwenty.com.
For Now for Magical Power: Launch party for newest issue of Creative Growth Magazine and an exhibition based on the world of magic and make-believe places and events. Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m., free. Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th St., Oakland, CreativeGrowth.org.
Gilded Age: Artist Dickson Schneider makes collages of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto books, then gilds the pages of the black and white comic to create textural, "modernist" pieces. Through Oct. 20, free. Gallery at the Werkshack, 481 25th St., Oakland, Werkshack.com.
Interference: Bay Area artists Brett Flanigan, Heather Day, Rich Jacobs and Zio Ziegler (plus one LA outlier, Megan Reed) exhibit paintings exploring spontaneous change and shifting identities of works-in-progress. Through Sept. 7, free. Part 2 Gallery, 1523B Webster St., Oakland, Part2Gallery.com.
Isorithmic: Artist in Residence Yulia Pinkusevich uses alumninum, printing, etching, cutting and folding in her site-specific installation. Through Sept. 30, free. Local Language, 477 25th St., Oakland.
The Light and Texture of Mexico: Three photographers share their unique perspectives of life in Mexico Opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.., Through Oct. 11, free. EBMUD Gallery, 375 11th St., Oakland, EBMUD.com/Art.
Nobody Rides For Free: A series of images investigating the extensive variety of Bay Area car culture through Safety First's characteristically lively brushstrokes and wry sense of humor. Sept. 7-30, free, www.facebook.com/events/223150355160248/. Classic Cars West, 411 26th St., Oakland, ClassicCarsWest.com.
Passion and Restraint: Paintings by Irene Nelson and sculpture by Gina Telcocci, with special installation Burn Pile by Bachrun LoMele in the Inner Room. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.., Through Nov. 6, free. GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, GearBoxGallery.com.
Riot Babies: 50 Years on Detroit, Fire & Freedom: An inter-decade and intergenerational audio-visual dialogue around the impact of collective resistance on Black women's artistic practice. Through Sept. 21, free. Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, 480 23rd St., Oakland.
Send Pics: Jessica Eastburn reflects on connectedness (or the lack thereof), value judgments, and distraction through gouache, airbrush, spray paint, and cel-vinyl works on paper. Through Sept. 22. Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, TheTransmissionGallery.com.
She Says: Paintings and collages by Belgium-born artist Marie Van Elder. Through Sept. 8. The Fourth Wall Art Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland.
Shimmer: A solo exhibition featuring all new works by Jenn Shifflet. Starting Sep. 7, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25, free. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland, ChandraCerritoContemporary.com.
So This: Oakland native Kathleen King uses paper and found objects for her sculpture and installation work, which explores states of coexistence. Through Sept. 8. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, MercuryTwenty.com.
Time Machine: An exhibit exploring the idea of warping time, placing historic events in a future sci-fi environment. Opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m.., Starting Sep. 7. Continues through Oct. 21, free. Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, ProArtsGallery.org.
Trial & Error: A gallery showcase and artist talk by Alan Altamirnano aka MK Kabrito Sept. 7-11, free. Temescal Studios, 4201 Telegraph Ave., Suite A, Oakland.
A Trip to the Hardware Store... and Other Adventures: Bay Area multimedia artist Wally Fields explores positive and negative space with "unique" materials. Through Sept. 29, free. Art@Archer, 431 13th St., Oakland.
Utopia: Artworks by Kim Anno, David Burke, Dave Young Kim, Christy Kovacs, Cyrus Tilton, Ron Weil, & others. Opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m. Runs through Oct. 20, free. Vessel Gallery, 471 25th St., Oakland, Vessel-Gallery.com.
The View From Here: Suzanne Long presents her latest ceramic works, a riff on our human nature as observers, consumers and actors in public and private spheres. Through Sept. 22, free. Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, TheTransmissionGallery.com.
Vision in Focus: The Seva Foundation presents a retrospective on 40 years of restoring sight and preventing blindness around the world. Sept. 7-30, free. Warehouse 416, 416 26th St., Oakland, Warehouse416.com.Museums
$5 First Friday at Chabot: Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. First Friday of every month, $5. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ChabotSpace.org.Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas
Friday Nights @ OMCA!: Jam to live music, get crafty at drop-in art workshops and join local foodies for a variety of demos and tastings. Gallery admission is half-price for adults and free for ages 18 and under. Fridays, 5-10 p.m., free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, MuseumCA.org.Social Events
First Fridays at The New Parkway: Happy hour specials: $10 for a pint and appetizer, 6-9pm (with flyer). First Friday of every month, 6-11 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1, free. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, TheNewParkway.com.Live Variety
Hoodslam: Monthly underground wrestling event for the 21+ crowd First Friday of every month, 9 p.m., $20. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd St., Oakland, OaklandMetro.org.