Arts & Museums
941 Geary is an exhibition space established by Justin Giarla. The gallery focuses on bringing pop surrealism and urban art to San Francisco, and often shows artists who are not yet well known. Art on display has included works by Blek le Rat.
Linden Hayes Fine Art Gallery is loaded with the paintings and exhibits from the 19th century. They are representative of California's immense beauty, the vast landscapes, the homes perched on the mountains and the dangerous deep valleys. It is a two-story gallery where, on the first floor you will find the old fashioned and treasured paintings. The second floor gives a contrary picture that of the contemporary art and photography. The tour guides are very well versed with their subject and they are sure to give you the ultimate tour of this spell binding city.
Polanco is an out an out Mexican gallery that brings Mexico alive with the art work it displays. The gallery features all kinds of Mexican art; vintage, modern, antique and fine art. There is a fine collection of early 19th century religious handicrafts and ceramics too. Women can rejoice over the beautifully illustrated vintage collection of Mexican jewelry in gold and silver displayed here. The gallery holds several exhibitions throughout the year. How about a tiny Oaxaca earring for one of your precious collections-cum-souvenirs! Any takers?
A treasure trove of archival material covering all aspects of the performing arts in San Francisco, from the Gold Rush to the present is what you can expect to find here. The collection at Museum of Performance & Design contains more than two million items includes audio and video tapes of performances, newspaper clippings, playbills, programs, and photographs. It is geared towards the performing arts professional, but it is open without charge to performing arts lovers from all walks of life. This facility also sponsors exhibitions and programs, such as opera divas in conversation. The Library is closed on Saturdays that fall before a national holiday.
Octavia's Haze Gallery, features the twinkling delights of glass sculpture, mainly in vessel form. Blue candy-striped vases, tulip vases three feet tall in cherry red, and orange floating balls for your Koi fish pond or bath tub, are just some of the treasures. You'll find beautiful decorative pieces such as a tiny glass teapot or a tortoise shell one, translucent in amber colored glass and created by the Murano glass master Valentina. Each month the walls feature a different two-dimensional works by artists. You'll have to take an appointment. Visit website for more information.
Electric Works provides a number of services to San Francisco's fine arts community, including printmaking, scanning, and an expansive gallery space for exhibitions. Several types of printing are employed, drawing on traditional methods and new, often experimental technologies. Its truly inspiring to watch creativity and skillful expertise of the artists. Visit the website for the gallery details and timings.
The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia. Renowned architect Gae Aulenti oversaw the dramatic transformation of the building: it now features 40,000 square feet of gallery space, allowing the museum to better fulfill its mission of leading a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. See the website for special event notices and more. Admission is free the first Sunday of each month.
An intriguing member of the buzzing arts community of the Mission District, Ratio 3 is a functionally furnished art gallery on Stevenson Street, between Duboce Avenue and 14th Street. Step inside and you will not find the swanky interiors or the redundant, randomly placed sculptures or paintings that define a more uptown gallery. Instead, you will find a relatively bare space, with wooden floors sans furniture, and white walls adorned with works of the artist on exhibit. From nationally and internationally known artists, to local budding talent, one will find Ratio 3 an ideal to do some art discovery in the Mission District. See the website to know more.
Focusing on African-American culture from the 19th Century to the present, the African-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum includes photographs and artifacts that reveal facets of U.S. history that have often been ignored. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, with an emphasis on well-known and emerging artists of African descent. Its sister facility, located on Fulton Street, features a library. Visit on the first Wednesday of the month to enter free of cost.