Famous for his depiction of young African American men in regal, decorative, historically influenced settings, his latest creative endeavor is part of his World Stage series that takes him abroad to India, China, Brazil, and beyond. These large-scale pieces flaunt the portraits he created while in Israel and fuse colorful, historical, Jewish-textile-influenced backgrounds with poignant portraiture.
Fun fact: Wiley actually graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and this is his first show (and return!) to our little city since getting his degree. So, skip all the froufrou festivities today and book it to SoMa to see this electric new exhibit. The show runs through May 27, so if you can’t make it today you do have some time, although we suggest heading out the door, like, now.
When: Thursday, February 14 through Monday, May 27
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th streets); 415-655-7800.
Photo: Courtesy of Jewish Contemporary Museum