One thinks of narrative occurring in fiction and film, in dance and theater, even sometimes in visual art. Only rarely does one consider the narrative power of a museum exhibition, but SFMOMA's "Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective" is indeed among the finest examples of walk-through storytelling. The exhibit is organized biographically, with her largest, most impressive pieces all facing one another in a single room, representing the dance of big ideas in her mind. Her forced relocation from her S.F. apartment influenced how she made later pieces, as did her chronic dental problems -- a fascination with transience and decay inhabits every piece, even including the small, quiet pieces she was able to work on through the cancer that ended her life. Her life story is set by your pace, or hers. SF Cinematheque builds on this essential piece of American history... More >>>