"An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 1: San Francisco Plays Itself"
Sept. 10-Oct. 31 at SF Camerawork, 657 Mission (at Third St.), second floor, S.F. $2-$5; 512-2020 or www.sfcamerawork.org.
Thirty-five years is plenty of time to develop a personality, and thankfully SF Camerawork is skipping the midlife crisis in favor of a little self-reflection. In the first of a two-part anniversary show, the nonprofit gallery gathers work by Bay Area artists who address "the events and the people" of their home turf. Ken Miller shows his portrait of William Vollmann, who wears a negligée and dangles a little gun. Kota Ezawa turns the iconic Hibernia Bank robbery footage of Patty Hearst into an even more iconic cartoon image. And Larry Sultan's photo of society queen Denise Hale evokes a gilded age so weary-looking that it begs for a layer of dust. What could be more Bay Area than revolutionary transvestite socialites?