Enjoy the Art is San Francisco

Many types of art can be seen in San Francisco, Some of it, presented in outdoors in murals, street arts and interesting sculptures spread all over the city. Indoors art is presented in the different art museums and galleries, part of which are more conventional while others are unique and focus on specific themes.
Check out WWP calendar for #MadeByWomen exhibitions, guided tours, and other special events.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA
151 Third St San Francisco, CA 94103.

 

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One of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the US and the world, dedicated to international art of the 20th century.

Showcasing world wide artists in rotating exhibitions as well as items from the museum’s collection, among them are – the Nest by Louise Bourgeois, Frieda and Diego Rivera by Frida Kahlo and many more.
Check out their full calendar for special events, guided tours and festivals.

SFMOMA was founded in 1935 under the director, Grace L. McCann Morley, who managed it for 23 years. She brought to the museum different media that were not considered art back then, as photography, architecture and film.

Open: Friday – Tuesday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursdays till 9 PM. Saturdays from May 25 through September 2, till 9 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

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A fine arts museum located at the Golden Gate park (part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, combined with the Legion of Honor).

The permanent collection showcases American art (paintings, sculptures and decorative arts) from the 17th century till today, international contemporary art, textiles, and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa.

Rotating exhibitions are changing every few months. Check the calendar for the schedule of free guided tours in the museum, performances, pottery readings and more.

Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM. Free on the first Tuesday of every month. Saturday offers free admission to San Francisco residents
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

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Part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, combined with De Young Museum and located at Lincoln Park.

Its permanent collection showcasing 6,000 years of ancient and European art, mainly French.

Among the items on display are, the Thinker by Auguste Rodin, Water lilies by Claude Monet and many more known artists.
Rotating exhibitions are changing occasionally.
Events, guided tours and more are offered daily.

The museum was a gift to the city and co-founded by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.
It was opened to the public in 1924.

The building is a replica of the French Pavilion at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition which was a replica of Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris as was Spreckels’s vision.

Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM. Free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Saturdays have free admission to San Francisco residents.
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

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A unique museum presenting the art of comics.
Rotation exhibitions presents comic strips, comic books and anime as well as political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comics.

View exhibition or produce one at the classes and workshops, or engage with professional and aspiring cartoonists.

Open Thursday–Tuesday 11 AM to 5 PM (closed Wednesday) first Tuesday of every month is pay what you wish day.
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

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One of the largest collections of Asian art work in the world is presented in this museum.

Over 18,000 pieces from almost all Asian countries and traditions, dated 6000 years ago are part of the museum permanent collection from sculptures, murals, original Japanese tea house, to paintings and more.

Traveling exhibitions from Asia are presented occasionally.
Artist workshops, Japanese and Lunar new year celebration, and other special events are held in the museum.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10AM – 5PM, Thursdays till 9 PM (Mid-February till end of August). General museum admission is free every first Sunday of the month.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Museum of Craft and Design (MCD)
2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA.

 

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A unique museum dedicated to present craft and design, doesn’t carry a permanent collection and collaborate and showcases designers, makers and artists through series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs.

Almost any media and art type can be seen in the museum’s exhibitions, from stitched paintings to glass, wood sculptures, textile and more. Many programs are offered as part of the visit, film screening, artist talks, lectures, tours and hands on workshops.

The museum management staff is more than 90% female.

Open Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105.

A contemporary art museum documenting the history and culture of the African diaspora, from the origin of humankind till present-day, including the including origin, movement, transformation, adaptation, and implications on societies worldwide. Showcasing sculpture, painting, textile work and more. Events, programs, performance and lectures are happening every week.

The museum was established in 1999 as ‘The African American Cultural Institute’. Over time, the institute grew and expend its purpose and in 2005 it was renamed and opened as a museum.

Open – Wednesday – Saturday 11AM-6PM, Sunday 12 – 5PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

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The gallery is the venue to San Francisco Women Artists community, who support and promote women artists at all ages in the Bay area.

Artwork is presented in the gallery with changing exhibitions and community events.

#WomenSupportWomen SFWA, was founded as the “Sketch Club” in 1887 by and for women artists, over the years it was developed to the current organization.

Open – Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sundays 12 – 4 PM
For more information check this link.

Other women owned galleries:

  • Catharine Clark Gallery
  • Andrea Schwartz Gallery
  • Gallery Wendi Norris
  • Dolby Chadwick and Eleanor Harwood Gallery

Street Art

Art in San Francisco is also presented at the beautiful streets of the city, mostly in Castro and Mission.

Many of the buildings are decorated in murals as well as designated allies that became an exterior free museums, the main ones are located at Clarion Alley and Balmy Alley.

WWP highlights women’s creations and for that we gathered a list of female artists who present their work around the city, among them you will find the most known female mural, located on the exterior wall of the Women’s Building.

Click here for more information.

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Another notable icon of San Francisco is an initiative of two women, Jessie Audette and Alice Yee Xavier, who gathered the community to create the decorated stairs at 16th Ave, known as the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, created by Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher.

Each of the 163 steps is decorated and together they all create a story. Don’t miss the view from the top – it’s beautiful!

Many other sculptors and other types of art are scattered around the streets and many parks.

Few are commemorating women or made by women (click for the full list here), such as the Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain made in 1970 from bronze, located in downtown San Francisco.

 

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If you came across another art piece that is #MadeByWomen or about women that was not mentioned here, contact us! We are constantly updating our lists.

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