Liz Magor, Hollow, 1999.

San Francisco

Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas Street
June 6–January 10

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
June 6–May 16

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
October 9–January 4

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
June 4–June 6

“Baja to Vancouver” sounds like the world’s longest motocross race, but it’s actually a “tightly focused survey of representational artworks that respond to and engage with the West Coast’s physical and social landscapes.” With such stars as Stan Douglas, Marcos Ramirez, and Larry Sultan, and a supporting cast of emerging artists selected by West Coast curators (Ralph Rugoff, Matthew Higgs, Toby Kamps, Lisa Corrin, Daina Augaitis), the show also has plenty of Pacific pizzazz. A couple sets of groovily garish motorcycle leathers, however, wouldn’t hurt.

Oct. 9–Jan. 4; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Jan. 18, 2004–May 16, 2004; Vancouver Art Gallery, June 4, 2004–Sept. 6, 2004; California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Oct. 6, 2004–Jan. 10, 2005.