Eyes on Art

Cool weather brings even cooler art shows, where you can grab some face time with photographer Duane Michals’ celebrity portraits, see City Hall through the eyes of political cartoonist Rex Babin or walk toward the light in one of Bruce Nauman’s corridors. Here’s our guide to five see-worthy exhibits around the region this fall.

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Anne Frank: her photos. her story.

More than 70 photos from Anne Frank's pre-WWII life, taken by her father Otto, will be on display this month at Rancho Cordova's Mills Station Arts & Culture Center. (Photo courtesy of Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect)In 1942, Anne Frank celebrated her 13th birthday and received a diary from her father, Otto, as a gift. That same year, her family went into hiding to flee the Jewish persecution of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. The rest is, literally, history.

But prior to going into hiding, the Franks lived a blissfully quiet life, which Otto—the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust—captured with his Leica camera. More than 70 of his photos—which include images of an infant Anne asleep in her crib, Anne and her sister Margot at the beach in matching swimsuits, and Anne shopping with her mother—will be showcased at Rancho Cordova’s new Mills Station Arts & Culture Center (MACC) from Oct. 11-20 in Anne Frank: Her Photos. Her Story, a combination of two traveling exhibits from the New York-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Another part of the exhibit will feature images and diagrams that will provide a timeline of the Holocaust and detail the Frank family’s experience during it. The center will also host companion talks with local Holocaust survivor Bernard Marks (Oct. 11) and former Japanese internment camp prisoner Kiyo Sato (Oct. 18).

For MACC curator Cheryl Gleason, highlighting family photos of a young Anne shows the direct human impact of the Holocaust. “Kids can say, ‘That little girl looks just like me. That could be me,’ ”  she says. “We need to keep these stories of these families who went through this in the forefront of our minds, and I think we as humans are [especially] empathetic to children, so the impact is stronger.”

Free. Oct. 11: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 12-20: Thurs. & Fri. 3-8 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. MACC. 10191 Mills Station Rd. Rancho Cordova. 916-273-5712. rcmacc.org

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