Lending Art

What’s making us happy today

1. A lot of skeletons in the closet. It’s haunting season—an appropriate time to go see the 650 specimens of skulls at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Dogs, monkeys, sea lions, hornbills, and homo sapiens. Many of them belong to Raymond Bandar, also known as Dr. Bones, a local who has been bone collecting for more than 50 years. It goes to show that you never know what’s in someone’s basement… unless it becomes a museum exhibit. “Skulls” ends November 30th.

Hornbill_Profile (Kathryn Whitney CAS)


2. Artist statements. Artists can be a conduit for change, as evidenced in “Making it: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection.” The civil rights that Mexican-Americans battle surface in some of the works. This exhibit at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, which ends November 30, is on loan from San Francisco’s Mexican Museum.

Patssi Valdez

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