Museums and Galleries

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving “ showcases the artist’s colorful wardrobe, which reflects her love of Mexico and its culture. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Frida Kahlo’s revealing personal items on view at the de Young

‘Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ promotes deeper understanding of famed Mexican artist

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving “ showcases the artist’s colorful wardrobe, which reflects her love of Mexico and its culture. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
The deYoung Museum will reopen to the public March 6 with an exhibition of works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. 
Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

de Young Museum to reopen with ‘Calder-Picasso’

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, The City’s museums and cultural institutions are reopening.…

The deYoung Museum will reopen to the public March 6 with an exhibition of works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. 
Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Natty Rebel from the Bay Area Mural Program created this art work in Bayview-Hunters Point in collaboration with the Warriors and the Paint the Void project. (Courtesy Lisa Vortman)

Complex, political art defined SF in 2020

Year of quarantine saw lighthearted memes, a proliferation of murals and the toppling of statues

Natty Rebel from the Bay Area Mural Program created this art work in Bayview-Hunters Point in collaboration with the Warriors and the Paint the Void project. (Courtesy Lisa Vortman)
Gallery 10 is the last stop in the chronological tour of Walt Disney’s life in the Walt Disney Family Museum. (Courtesy Walt Disney Family Museum)

Walt Disney Family Museum reopens

Presidio attraction operating with reduced hours through Dec. 31

Gallery 10 is the last stop in the chronological tour of Walt Disney’s life in the Walt Disney Family Museum. (Courtesy Walt Disney Family Museum)
Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Bay Area artists jam-pack vivid ‘de Young Open’

Huge exhibition — with works for sale — showcases diversity, supports community

Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
“Zohar’s Studio,” an undated print, is among the provocative, intriguing works by Stephen Berkman on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Contemporary Jewish Museum)

Contemporary Jewish Museum reopens with sly, mysterious Zohar photos

Exhibition showcases witty 19th century-seeming images

“Zohar’s Studio,” an undated print, is among the provocative, intriguing works by Stephen Berkman on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Contemporary Jewish Museum)
An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Castro museum reopens its door to LGBTQ history

GLBT Historical Society archives remain closed, but public is welcome back

An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

S.F. museums to reopen to the public

Visitor capacity limited to 25 percent as safety measure

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Left: Cantor Arts Center has created an immersive virtual video of the exhibition “The Medium Is the Message: Art Since 1950.” Courtesy Cantor Arts Center

There’s no shortage of fine visual art online

Home computer offers OK way to take in an exhibition

Left: Cantor Arts Center has created an immersive virtual video of the exhibition “The Medium Is the Message: Art Since 1950.” Courtesy Cantor Arts Center
Daniel Tousignant’s Twin Peaks San Francisco is a table-top work created for Hearts in San Francisco, which benefits San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. (Courtesy San Francisco General Hospital Foundation)

SF heart art project seeks submissions

17th annual showcase-sale benefits hospital foundation

Daniel Tousignant’s Twin Peaks San Francisco is a table-top work created for Hearts in San Francisco, which benefits San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. (Courtesy San Francisco General Hospital Foundation)
The cast of San Francisco Arts Education Project’s “Bio Exuberance” devised dance, poetry, visual art, costumes and Zoom backgrounds to create a film collage from home. (Courtesy SFArtsED)

Youngsters reinvent gallery show as film

SFArtsEd students inspired by Zoe Farmer’s nature-themed works

The cast of San Francisco Arts Education Project’s “Bio Exuberance” devised dance, poetry, visual art, costumes and Zoom backgrounds to create a film collage from home. (Courtesy SFArtsED)
San Francisco portrait photographer Erica Deeman is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “In the Artist’s Studio” program at 1 p.m. July 29. (Courtesy Lewis Watts)

Museum of African Diaspora hosts artists in studios

Program is among myriad online upcoming cultural presentations

San Francisco portrait photographer Erica Deeman is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “In the Artist’s Studio” program at 1 p.m. July 29. (Courtesy Lewis Watts)
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has covered an entry way bust of Avery Brundage. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum deals with dark shadow of Avery Brundage

Entry way bust of racist benefactor has been covered

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has covered an entry way bust of Avery Brundage. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park guides tell amusing and entertaining stories about the founding of The City in their podcast “Better Lives, Bitter Lies.” (Courtesy photo)

S.F. Maritime park podcast elucidates, enlightens

‘Better Lives, Bitter Lies’ details role of trickery in city’s history

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park guides tell amusing and entertaining stories about the founding of The City in their podcast “Better Lives, Bitter Lies.” (Courtesy photo)
A flyer advertises the Christopher Street “gay-in” in 1970. (Courtesy Charles Thorpe Papers/GLBT Historical Society)

‘Labor of Love’ details birth of San Francisco Pride

GLBT Historical Society multimedia show looks at event’s first decade

A flyer advertises the Christopher Street “gay-in” in 1970. (Courtesy Charles Thorpe Papers/GLBT Historical Society)
Grand marshal Beswick will miss SF Pride parade

Grand marshal Beswick will miss SF Pride parade

Gay rights advocate marks four decades of activism

Grand marshal Beswick will miss SF Pride parade
New Conservatory Theatre Center presents drag artist Katya Smirnoff-Skyy in a benefit online performance with cabaret singers Jesse Cortez, Amanda King and Joe Wicht on June 30, Give Out Day. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Pride week events

Exhibitions, performances, film, panels round out 2020 celebrations and commemorations

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents drag artist Katya Smirnoff-Skyy in a benefit online performance with cabaret singers Jesse Cortez, Amanda King and Joe Wicht on June 30, Give Out Day. (Courtesy photo)
The SF Neon TenderNob tour showcased the elegant Ha-Ra sign, with a signature martini. (Courtesy SF Neon/Tenderloin Museum)

Virtual tour of SF neon signs as good as walk down Bush St.

Tenderloin Museum co-sponsors nifty online local art, history series

The SF Neon TenderNob tour showcased the elegant Ha-Ra sign, with a signature martini. (Courtesy SF Neon/Tenderloin Museum)
Dr. George Rutherford speaks with Exploratorium scientist Jennifer Frazier in the May 20 session of the science center’s online COVID-19 conversation series. (Courtesy photo)

Exploratorium continues COVID conversation series

Scientists share expertise in free timely online talks

Dr. George Rutherford speaks with Exploratorium scientist Jennifer Frazier in the May 20 session of the science center’s online COVID-19 conversation series. (Courtesy photo)
“The Territorial City” by Hannah Kim & Sayer Al Sayer is among the Curator’s Picks from the California College of the Arts Class of 2020 Showcase. (Courtesy CCA)

Bay Area higher education art students show work online

CCA, SFAI grads and undergrads present virtual exhibitions

“The Territorial City” by Hannah Kim & Sayer Al Sayer is among the Curator’s Picks from the California College of the Arts Class of 2020 Showcase. (Courtesy CCA)