Palo Alto welcomes renowned Bay Bridge light artist for exclusive new gallery show

Leo Villareal’s innovative union of art and technology takes center stage in Pace Gallery’s reopening exhibition Leo Villareal’s “Detector” exhibit, shown in Pace Gallery of London, 2019. (Image via Leo Villareal’s website) By Sheryl Nonnenberg If you have driven across the Bay Bridge, you have seen Leo Villareal’s large-scale, site-specific “The Bay Lights.” Installed in 2013, it consists of 25,000 LED lights installed on the span that continuously change, thanks to a custom ...

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“Surreal Art for Surreal Times”: Palo Alto art gallery turns to Salvador Dali & others for COVID-era exhibits

Pamela Walsh Gallery finds a new footing by featuring live and virtual art experiences for every taste “Le Sommeil” by the Spanish celebrated surrealist Salvador Dali is one of the pieces currently on display in the new virtual exhibit by Pamela Walsh Gallery in Palo Alto. (Image courtesy of Pamela Walsh Gallery) Since the beginning of the pandemic-related shut downs, viewing visual art has been mostly limited to online offerings by major museums. ...

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Wading into the reality of climate change—one portrait at a time

Wading into the reality of climate change— one portrait at a time Photographer Gideon Mendel discusses his “Drowning World” series ahead of his upcoming talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum Ahmed. Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh; Pakistan. September 2010. (Courtesy of Gideon Mendel) These days it can be difficult to determine which is more alarming—the increasingly frequent news each year of catastrophic weather-related events, or the denialist viewpoint that nothing unusual is happening in that regard. It is ...

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Remastering the darkroom: slow photography pioneer unveils world’s largest ambrotype

Ian Ruhter’s new Silicon Valley photo exhibit blazes trails in a forgotten medium. SILVER TREES by Ian Ruhter. 27'’X35'’ Ambrotype. Lake Tahoe, CA. 2015. (Courtesy of Ian Ruhter) Photographer Ian Ruhter is pretty stoked to be showing his work in Silicon Valley. Yes, the area is home to titans of innovation like Elon Musk, who he admires for out-of-the-box thinking. But the real kicker, he says, is that he’ll be unveiling his own photographic achievements ...

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The Rebirth of Cool: jazz legends featured in new Silicon Valley photo exhibit

The latest photography show at Santa Clara University celebrates the energy and attitude of a distinctly American art form From left: Eric Dolphy, 1964; Miles Davis (foreground), with Cannonball Adderly (lower left), and Jimmy Cobb, 1959. (Courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC. All rights reserved.) Jazz is photogenic. Just as how the sport of boxing is well-suited for cinema and travel for literature, jazz renders beautifully in black and white photography. Whether it’s the ...

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[email protected]: Stanford explores the futurism of a centuries-old novel

From artificial intelligence to biomedical technology, the Mary Shelley classic exhibits a remarkable relevance (Illustration by Andrew Strawder) Somewhere amid the news of Facebook’s very dystopian sci-fi-sounding artificial intelligence incident this past July, it was easy enough to think of the simple but critical line delivered by Jeff Goldblum’s character in the original Jurassic Park film — “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if ...

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Seven superb Silicon Valley podcasts NOT about tech

From Stanford to NASA, the Peninsula has a lot to talk about By Emily Olson (Illustration by Kaz Palladino) This New Year’s, resolve to choose local and learn something new by changing up your podcast game. We’ve done the long-range listening for you, cutting out well-worn topics (read: tech), and narrowed it down to a curated list of our seven favorite Peninsula podcasts. Just listen in for 10 (or 30, or 60) minutes a day to get ...

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Veteran food blogger David Lebovitz on his new book and Bay Area beginnings

The Chez Panisse alum speaks on the evolution of blogs, his most important kitchen tool and his favorite food haunts What’s cookin’?: David Lebovitz has been a food blogger since 1999. (Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press) David Lebovitz was a food blogger before the term even existed. He launched his popular website in 1999, long before the advent of Facebook, Yelp or Wordpress. The longtime cook steadily made a name for himself over the ...

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