Visual Arts

A reproduction of the large 1902 “Beethoven Frieze” (detail: “The Arts, Paradise Choir, and The Embrace” is pictured) is on view in “Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Meeting of 20th century masters: Klimt paintings, Rodin sculptures

An exhibition of major works by early-modern-age Austrian painter Gustav Klimt --…

A reproduction of the large 1902 “Beethoven Frieze” (detail: “The Arts, Paradise Choir, and The Embrace” is pictured) is on view in “Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Dozens of ancient artifacts, functional and decorative, are on view in “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” through Feb. 11. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Archaeological wonders in ‘Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire’

Art and artifacts excavated from Teotihuacan -- Mexico’s most significant archaeological site…

Dozens of ancient artifacts, functional and decorative, are on view in “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” through Feb. 11. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Walker Evans’ moving depression era images -- including “Floyd and Lucille Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama, 1936” -- are among the works on view in the huge San Francisco Museum of Modern Art retrospective.  (Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum/Walker Evans Archive)

‘Walker Evans’ at SFMOMA focuses on photographer’s love of the vernacular

Known for iconic images of the Great Depression and for finding poetry…

Walker Evans’ moving depression era images -- including “Floyd and Lucille Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama, 1936” -- are among the works on view in the huge San Francisco Museum of Modern Art retrospective.  (Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum/Walker Evans Archive)
The Asian Art Museum’s expansion project includes a new pavilion and terrace. (Rendering courtesy wHY/ Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum announces $38 million renovation

The Asian Art Museum has big plans for the 21st century, including…

The Asian Art Museum’s expansion project includes a new pavilion and terrace. (Rendering courtesy wHY/ Asian Art Museum)
Evocative murals by Julie Mehretu have been recently installed in SFMOMA’s atrium. (Courtesy Julie Mehretu/

Julie Mehretu murals enliven SFMOMA atrium

New York-based artist Julie Mehretu has a massive new art work gracing…

Evocative murals by Julie Mehretu have been recently installed in SFMOMA’s atrium. (Courtesy Julie Mehretu/
The word jumble magnetic wall is among the fun attractions at the new Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Sprinkles, rock candy and a cherry on top at MOIC

Cowboy Cookie Dough Chris welcomed visitors Thursday at the press preview of…

The word jumble magnetic wall is among the fun attractions at the new Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
“The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand” recently opened at the de Young with special guests including visitors from New Zealand and Bay Area residents of Maori ancestry. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

‘Maori Portraits’ grace de Young

Museum exhibit previews are rarely emotional, but a recent one for the…

“The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand” recently opened at the de Young with special guests including visitors from New Zealand and Bay Area residents of Maori ancestry. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)
“Requiem,” a commissioned installation by Summer Mei Ling Lee honoring a charity serving Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century, opens in October at the Chinese Culture Center. (Courtesy photo)

Fall 2017 Arts Preview: Museums and Galleries

Museums showcase brilliant works of art spanning cultures and centuries. OPENING Jewish…

“Requiem,” a commissioned installation by Summer Mei Ling Lee honoring a charity serving Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century, opens in October at the Chinese Culture Center. (Courtesy photo)
An anonymous artist known as BiP has created the eye-catching mural “Figurine” on the wall of the Alise hotel in The City, and is in the process of creating more massive artworks.(Courtesy photo)

Big BiP murals bloom around town

“Figurine,” a huge mural of human-like golden flowers painted on the outside…

An anonymous artist known as BiP has created the eye-catching mural “Figurine” on the wall of the Alise hotel in The City, and is in the process of creating more massive artworks.(Courtesy photo)
Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)

Sophie Calle ‘Missing’ evokes emotion

French conceptual artist Sophie Calle once received an email from a boyfriend,…

Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)
The wife of a defendant is featured in Dorothea Lange’s Oakland-set 1957 series about the life of the Alameda County public defender. (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California/Gift of Paul S. Taylor)

There’s more to Dorothea Lange than ‘Migrant Mother’

Photographer Dorothea Lange is famous for her vivid, evocative portraits of Dust…

The wife of a defendant is featured in Dorothea Lange’s Oakland-set 1957 series about the life of the Alameda County public defender. (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California/Gift of Paul S. Taylor)
Edgar Degas’ “The Milliners” is a highlight of “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]

‘Degas’ at Legion of Honor reveals dynamic impressionist millinery scene

“Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor…

Edgar Degas’ “The Milliners” is a highlight of “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]
Larger than Life,” a show of tapestries by Joseph Abbati of San Francisco drag queens, is on view in State Sen. Scott Wiener’s office. (Courtesy Joseph Abbati)

Drag queens art show adorns Scott Wiener’s office

Sen. Scott Wiener’s office is hosting a show of artist Joseph Abbati’s…

Larger than Life,” a show of tapestries by Joseph Abbati of San Francisco drag queens, is on view in State Sen. Scott Wiener’s office. (Courtesy Joseph Abbati)
A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum grooves with ‘Flower Power’

Embracing the flower as a hippie-era symbol of love and peace, “Flower…

A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Edvard Munch painted scenes from his life, including the colorful yet tense “The Artist and His Model.” (Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

Seeing Munch beyond ‘The Scream’

Edvard Munch receives fresh consideration in a world-premiere exhibition that covers the…

Edvard Munch painted scenes from his life, including the colorful yet tense “The Artist and His Model.” (Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
Weston Teruya’s  “Ground” revisits the eviction of residents of San Francisco’s I-Hotel in 1977.  (Courtesy Weston Teruya)

‘New Urban Legend’ exhibit tackles social issues

Artists and curators from the Bay Area and China address power, displacement,…

Weston Teruya’s  “Ground” revisits the eviction of residents of San Francisco’s I-Hotel in 1977.  (Courtesy Weston Teruya)
“Revelations 2,” a 1965 photo by Kelly Hart, pictures nude dancers at Berkeley’s Open Theater, clothed only by light. (Courtesy Kelly Hart/California Historical Society)

‘On the Road’ captures Summer of Love spirit

While’s there no shortage of 50th anniversary Summer of Love celebrations in…

“Revelations 2,” a 1965 photo by Kelly Hart, pictures nude dancers at Berkeley’s Open Theater, clothed only by light. (Courtesy Kelly Hart/California Historical Society)
Lisa Hanawalt’s amusing “Birds Hungry for Worms” is on view in “Tiny Bubbles” in the Veterans Building.  (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission)

SF galleries’ show boasts whimsy, dark comedy

Fantasy creatures, candy-colored dreamscapes and darkly comic depictions of life’s grimmer realities…

Lisa Hanawalt’s amusing “Birds Hungry for Worms” is on view in “Tiny Bubbles” in the Veterans Building.  (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission)
From left, Mark Nassar, Drew Todd, Lavale-William Davis, Shane Zaldivar, Christopher Alvaro, AeJay Mitchell and Tim Huls appeared in the first reading of”The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” at the Tenderloin Museum. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Tenderloin Museum turns 2 with history-themed shows

The Tenderloin Museum celebrated its second anniversary Saturday with a community day…

From left, Mark Nassar, Drew Todd, Lavale-William Davis, Shane Zaldivar, Christopher Alvaro, AeJay Mitchell and Tim Huls appeared in the first reading of”The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” at the Tenderloin Museum. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
Matt O'Brien captures everyday life in Colombia -- such as "School girls, Medellín, 2010" -- in his photography show at the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt O’Brien, “No Dar Papaya”]

Colombia defies stereotypes in Matt O’Brien’s photographs

Long portrayed in the media and popular entertainment as a land of…

Matt O'Brien captures everyday life in Colombia -- such as "School girls, Medellín, 2010" -- in his photography show at the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt O’Brien, “No Dar Papaya”]