Events Listings

Museums-San Francisco Through October 3

Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 02:18:00 PM


Museum-Chon-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture recently unveiled its  

new building in San Francisco's Civic Center. The building, the former San  

Francisco Public Library, has been completely retrofitted and rebuilt to  

house San Francisco's significant collection of Asian treasures. The museum  

offers complimentary audio tours of the museum's collection galleries.  


"In a New Light," There are some 2,500 works displayed  

in the museum's new galleries. They cover all the major cultures of Asia and  

include Indian stone sculptures, intricately carved Chinese jades, Korean  

paintings, Tibetan thanksgas, Cambodian Buddhas, Islamic manuscripts and  

Japanese basketry and kimonos.  


Storytelling, Sundays and the first Saturday of every month, 1  

p.m. This event is for children of all ages to enjoy a re-telling of Asian  

myths and folktales in the galleries. Meet at the Information Desk on the  

Ground Floor. Free with general admission.  

"Target Tuesday Family Program," first Tuesday of every month.  

Free with general admission.  

"Family Art Encounter," first Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. to  

4 p.m. Drop in to make art related to the museum's collection. Children must  

be accompanied by an adult. In the Education Studios. Free with admission.  

DOCENT-LED ART TOURS -- The museum's docents offer two types of  

tours: a general introduction to the museum's collection and a highlight tour  

of specific areas of the collection. Free with museum admission.  

ARCHITECTURAL GUIDES -- Tuesday through Sunday at noon and 2:30  

p.m., Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the former Main Library's  

transformation into the Asian Art Museum on this 40-minute tour. Free with  

museum admission.  

RESOURCE CENTER -- Tuesday through Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Watch a video, or learn more about Asian art with slide packets, activity  

kits and books. Free with museum admission. 

SPECIAL EVENTS -- Free with general admission unless  

otherwise noted.  

"Japan's Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860-1927," through  

Nov. 21. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the  

ship Kanrin Maru and the first Japanese embassy to the United States, this  

thematic exhibit focuses on some of the first Japanese diplomats and cultural  

emissaries in San Francisco, and how they responded to the experience of  

being in America.  

$7-$12; free children under age 12; $5 Thursday after 5 p.m.; free  

to all first Sunday of each month. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through  

Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 200 Larkin St., San  

Francisco. (415) 581-3500, 


BEAT MUSEUM Formerly located on the California coast in  

Monterey, the Beat Museum now sits in historic North Beach. The Museum uses  

letters, magazines, pictures, first editions and more to explore the lives of  

leading beat figures such as Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen  

Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and many others. A gift shop and bookstore are open to  

the public free of charge. 


"North Beach Walking Tour,", A 90-minute walking tour of  

North Beach with Beat Museum curator Jerry Cimimo. See the bars,  

coffeehouses, homes, and other Beat-related highlights of North Beach. Call  

for info. $15. 


$4-$5. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. CLOSED MONDAY. 540 Broadway,  

San Francisco. (800) KER-OUAC, 


CABLE CAR MUSEUM The museum is located in the historic Cable  

Car Barn and Powerhouse. Visitors can see the actual cable winding machinery,  

grips, track, cable and brakes, as well as three historic cable cars, photo  

displays and mechanical artifacts. The best way to get to this museum is by  

cable car; street parking is practically non-existent. 


Free. April 1-Sept. 30: daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1-March 31, 10  

a.m.-5 p.m. 1201 Mason St., San Francisco. (415) 474-1887, 



"Nightlife," 6 p.m. Thursdays. Every Thursday night, the  

Academy transforms into a lively venue filled with provocative science,  

music, mingling and cocktails, as visitors get a chance to explore the  


"Where the Land Meets the Sea," Exhibition features  

sculpture by Maya Lin.  


$14.95-$24.95. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Golden Gate Park, San  

Francisco. (415) 379-8000, 



HISTORY WALKABOUTS -- A series of monthly walking tours  

that explore the history, lore and architecture of California with veteran  

tour guide Gary Holloway. Walks take place rain or shine so dress for the  

weather. Reservations and prepayment required. Meeting place will be given  

with confirmation of tour reservation. Tour price includes admission to the  


MUSEUM -- The museum's permanent collection is made up of  

the Fine Arts Collection, consisting of 5,000 works of art that represent the  

history of California from pre-Gold Rush days to the early decade of the 20th  

century; and The Photography Collection, containing nearly a halfmillion  

images in an array of photographic formats documenting the history of  

California in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The Library and Research  

Collection contain material relating to the history of California and the  

West from early exploration time to the present including texts, maps, and  


"Landscape and Vision: Early California Painters from the  

Collections of the California Historical Society," open-ended. An exhibit of  

oil paintings including a large number of early landscapes of California,  

from the museum's collection.  

"Think California," Sept. 24 through Feb. 5, Wed.-Sat. noon-4:30  

p.m. An exhibition highlighting the colorful history of California through  

the institution's remarkable collection of artwork, artifacts and ephemera.  

Themes include: Coming to California, Scenic Splendors, Earthquakes, Floods  

and Volcanoes, and more. $1-$3; members are always free. 

"Think California," through Feb. 5. Exhibition features artworks,  

artifacts and ephemera exploring California's colorful history.  

$1-$3; free children under age 5. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-4:30  

p.m. 678 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 357-1848 X229, 



Learning Center features a permanent exhibition, "The Chinese of America:  

Toward a More Perfect Union'' in its Main Gallery, and works by  

Chinese-American visual artists in its Rotating Galleries.  


"Leaders of the Band," An exhibition of the history and  

development of the Cathay Club Marching Band, the first Chinese American band  

formed in 1911. 


$1-$3; free children ages 5 and under; free for all visitors first  

Thursday of every month. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-4  

p.m. 965 Clay St., San Francisco. (415) 391-1188, 


CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM The museum, formerly known as the  

Jewish Museum San Francisco, has a new addition designed by Daniel Libeskind  

and is dedicated to exploring the richness and diversity of Jewish thought  

and culture.  

GALLERY TOURS -- Sunday and Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Free. 

"As It Is Written: Project 304,805," through Oct. 3. Exhibition  

centers around a soferet (a professionally trained female scribe) who writes  

out the entire text of the Torah, at the Museum, over the course of a full  

year. She will be one of the few known women to complete an entire Torah  

scroll, an accomplishment traditionally exclusive to men.  

"Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish  

Life," through Oct. 3. The first major international exhibition to examine  

the reinvention of Jewish ritual in art and design.  

"Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)," through  

Oct. 26. The first major museum survey of the award-winning illustrator,  

author and designer.  

$4-$5; free for children under age 12; free third Monday of every  

month. Sunday -Thursday, noon-6 p.m. DEC. 25, NOON TO 4 P.M.; CLOSED JAN. 1.  

736 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 655-7800, 


DE YOUNG MUSEUM The art museum has now reopened in a new  

facility designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron and Fong  

and Chan Architects in San Francisco. It features significant collections of  

American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries; modern and  

contemporary art; art from Central and South America, the Pacific and Africa;  

and an important and diverse collection of textiles. 

ARTIST STUDIO PROGRAM -- 1-5 p.m. Wed.- Sun. A monthly  

interactive program during which the public can meet and work with a featured  

artist. Demonstrations take place in the Kimball Education Gallery, which  

does not require paid admission. (415) 750-7634. 


"Children's Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids-Little  

Kids," Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Family tour and  

art activity for ages 4-12. 


LECTURES BY DOCENTS -- These lectures are free and are  

held in the Koret Auditorium unless otherwise noted.  


"Poetry Series," 7-8:30 p.m. $8-$12. (415) 750-7634. 

"Friday Nights at the de Young: Cultural Encounters,"  

5-8:45 p.m. The de Young stays open until 8:45 p.m. each Friday night and  

hosts special events including live music, dance, film, lectures and artist  


Aug. 22: "Cultural Encounters presents Hot Brazilian Nights.''  

Event features music by Forro for All and art-making for the  

entire family.  

Aug. 29: "Cultural Encounters.''  

Event features live music by the Scott Amendola Trio. Free with  


"Photo/Synthesis," through Oct. 3. Exhibition highlights the  

dynamic trend in the field of contemporary photography, collages,  

assemblages, and other multi-part or composite photo-based projects.  

"Pat Steir: After Hokusai, after Hiroshige," through Jan. 30.  

Exhibition shows the continued influence of the Japanese print on Western  

artists into the late twentieth century.  

OPENING -- "To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color," through Jan.  

9. Exhibition features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts  

Museums' comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the  


$6-$10; free for children ages 12 and under; free for all visitors  

the first Tuesday of every month. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 9:30  

a.m.-5:15 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea  

Garden Drive, San Francisco. (415) 863-3330, 


GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM The museum is a project of  

the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Historical Society. 



$2-$4. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. 657 Mission St., Suite 300, San  

Francisco. (415) 777-5455, 




101 Howard Street, Suite 480, San Francisco. (415) 543-4669, 



permanent collections and special exhibitions are offered Tuesday through  

Sunday. Non-English language tours (Italian, French, Spanish and Russian) are  

available on different Saturdays of the month at 11:30 a.m. Free with regular  

museum admission. (415) 750-3638.  


"Doing and Viewing Art," For ages 7 to 12. Docent-led  

tours of current exhibitions are followed by studio workshops taught by  

professional artists/teachers. Students learn about art by seeing and making  

it. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon; call to confirm class. Free with museum  

admission. (415) 750-3658. 

ORGAN CONCERTS -- 4 p.m. A weekly concert of organ music  

on the Legion's restored 1924 Skinner organ. Saturday and Sunday in the Rodin  

Gallery. Free with museum admission. (415) 750-3624. 

SPECIAL EVENTS -- In the Gould Theater unless otherwise noted. $4  

after museum admission unless otherwise noted. (415) 682-2481. 

"Sunday Jazz Brunch," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $21-$53. 

"Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine," Oct. 31. Exhibition  

explores the modern scientific examination of mummies providing new insights  

into the conditions under which the Egyptians lived, bringing us closer to  

understanding who they were.  

"Impressionist Paris: City of Light," through Sept. 26.  

Exhibition explores various aspects of life in and around the city in which  

artists came of age. Visitors to the exhibition are transported to  

Impressionist Paris as represented in over 150 prints, drawings, photographs,  

paintings, and illustrated books from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  

and several distinguished private collections.  

$6-$10; free for children ages 12 and under; free for all visitors  

on Tuesdays. Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and  

Clement Street, San Francisco. (415) 750-3600, (415) 750-3636, 



permanently display a variety of artifacts telling the story of San  

Francisco's transportation history, including dash signs, fare boxes, a famed  

Wiley "birdcage'' traffic signal and more. 

Free. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 77 Steuart St., San  

Francisco. (415) 956-0472, 





The Mexican Museum holds a unique collection of 12,000 objects  

representing thousands of years of Mexican history and culture within the  

Americas. The permanent collection, the Museum's most important asset and  

resource, includes five collecting areas: Pre-Conquest, Colonial, Popular,  

Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino, and Chicano Art. The Museum also  

has a collection of rare books and a growing collection of Latin American  


Fort Mason Center, Building D, Buchanan Street and Marina  

Boulevard, San Francisco. (415) 202-9700, 


MUSEO ITALOAMERICANO The museum, dedicated to the  

exhibition of art works by Italian and Italian-American artists, has a small  

permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper  

by such renowned artists as Beniamino Buffano, Sandro Chia, Giorgio de  

Chirico and Arnaldo Pomodoro.  

DOCENT TOURS -- Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 

$2-$3; free children under age 12; free to all first Wednesday of  

the month. Wednesday-Sunday, noon -4 p.m.; first Wednesday of the month,  

noon-7 p.m. Fort Mason Center, Building C, Buchanan Street and Marina  

Boulevard, San Francisco. (415) 673-2200, 





Free. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Humanities  

Building, Room 510, SFSU, Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive, San Francisco.  

(415) 405-0599, 




Free. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Veterans Building, 401 Van  

Ness Avenue at McAllister, 4th Floor, San Francisco. (415) 255-4800, 


MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA A new museum exploring and  

celebrating the influence of the African Diaspora on global art and culture  

through interactive, permanent and changing exhibits and special programs.  

The museum occupies the first three floors of the new St. Regis Hotel at  

Third and Mission streets.  


"Celebrations: Rituals and Ceremonies," "Music of the Diaspora,''  

"Culinary Traditions,'' 'Adornment,'' "Slavery Passages,'' and "The Freedom  



"Urban Kidz Film Series," Noon-3 p.m. An offshoot of the  

San Francisco Black Film Festival, featuring a striking assemblage of short  

and feature films designed to spark the imaginations of the 5-to-12-year-old  

set. $10 adults; children free. (415) 771-9271. 


$5-$8; free children age 12 and under. Monday, Wednesday, Friday  

and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.;  

CLOSED MARCH 13 THROUGH MARCH 21. 685 Mission St., San Francisco. (415)  




LIBRARY) Closed on federal holidays. The library, part of the San  

Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, focuses on sail and steam ships on  

the West Coast and the Pacific Basin from 1520 to the present. The museum  

library holdings include a premiere collection of maritime history: books,  

magazines, oral histories, ships' plans and the San Francisco Maritime  

National Historical Park's 250,000 photographs. 

Free. By appointment only, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., and the third  

Saturday of each month 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fort Mason Center, Building E, Third  

Floor, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. (415) 560-7080,  

(415) 560-7030, 


PACIFIC HERITAGE MUSEUM The museum presents rotating  

exhibits highlighting historical, artistic, cultural and economic  

achievements from both sides of the Pacific Rim. The museum features a  

permanent display documenting the history and significance of the Branch Mint  

and Subtreasury buildings. 

Free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 608 Commercial St., San  

Francisco. (415) 399-1124. 




"Earthquake Exhibit," Learn about plate tectonics. Make  

a small quake by jumping on the floor to make a "floor quake'' that registers  

on the seismometer in the lobby. See the basement seismometer that registers  

quakes around the world. Walk through a full-size earthquake refugee shack  

that was used to house San Franciscans after the 1906 earthquake that  

destroyed so many homes.  

"Creativity and Discovery Hand in Hand," A photography  

exhibit that gives visitors a look into the wide variety of programs the  

Museum offers in the way of classes, workshops, school field trips, and  

special interest clubs.  

"Toddler Treehouse," Toddlers may comfortably climb the  

carpeted "treehouse'' and make a myriad of discoveries, from the roots to the  


"Live Animal Exhibit," Visit with more than 100  

creatures including small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, raptors and small  

birds, insects, spiders and tide pool creatures.  


"Saturdays Are Special at the Museum," Saturdays, 10  

a.m. to 4 p.m. A series of drop-in ceramics and art and science workshops.  

All ages are welcome, though an adult must accompany children under age 8. $3  

per child, $5 per parent-child combination.  

"Bufano Sculpture Tours," first and third Saturdays of the month,  

10:15 a.m. A tour of the giant animal sculptures of Beniamino Bufano. The  

sculptures were carved out of stone in the 1930s and include a giant cat and  

a mother bear nursing her cubs.  

"Animal Room," Visit some of the animals that live at  

the museum, including reptiles, raptors, tide pool creatures and small  


"Meet the Animals" Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. to noon. See the  

Randall's animals close-up and in person.  

"Animal Feeding," Saturdays, noon. Watch the animals take their  


"Golden Gate Model Railroad Exhibit," Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4  




"Animal Feeding," Saturday, noon. 

"Film Series for Teenagers," Fridays, 7 p.m. 

"Third Friday Birders," 8 a.m. The hike through Corona  

Heights Park allows participants to enjoy the early morning views and learn  

more about the feathered inhabitants of the area. Children aged 10 and older  

if accompanied by adult. 

"Meet the Animals," 11:15 a.m.-noon. 

"Drop-in Family Ceramics Workshop," Saturday,  

10:15-11:15 a.m. $5. 

"Drop-in Family Ceramics Workshop," Saturday, 1:15-2:15  


"Meet the Animals," Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. Learn about  

the animals that live at the Randall Museum. 

"Golden Gate Model Railroad Exhibit," Saturday, 11  

a.m.-4 p.m. 

Free. All ages welcome; an adult must accompany children under age  

8. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS. 199 Museum Way, San  

Francisco. (415) 554-9600, 


SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR MUSEUM The museum is located  

in the historic Cable Car Barn and Powerhouse. Visitors can see the actual  

cable winding machinery, grips, track, cable and brakes, as well as three  

historic cable cars, photo displays and mechanical artifacts. The best way to  

get to this museum is by cable car; street parking is practically  


Free. October 1-March 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily; Closed on New  

Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 1201 Mason St., San  

Francisco. (415) 474-1887, 



few "floating'' national parks, the San Francisco Maritime National  

Historical Park includes four national landmark ships, a maritime museum, a  

maritime library and a World-War-II submarine named the USS Pampanito.  

HYDE STREET PIER -- Demonstrations, ship tours, programs, music  

and special events offered throughout the day. Check ticket booth for  

schedule. At the foot of Hyde Street, Hyde and Jefferson streets.  

Entering the Pier is free but there is a fee to board the ships.  


the Pier are the 1886 square-rigger "Balclutha,'' the 1890 steam ferryboat  

"Eureka,'' the 1895 schooner "C.A. Thayer'' (not available at this time due  

to restoration), the 1891 scow schooner "Alma,'' the 1907 steam tug  

"Hercules,'' and the 1914 "Eppleton Hall,'' a paddlewheel tug.  

"Balclutha." This historic ship, a three-mast square-rigger, has  

undergone extensive repairs and preservation work. She now contains more  

original materials and fittings than any other historic merchant  

square-rigger in the United States. The Balclutha is a designated National  

Historic Landmark. At Hyde Street Pier.  

"Eureka." Explore this 1890 ferryboat with a 40-foot walking-beam  

engine. The boat once carried passengers and autos across the San Francisco  

Bay. At Hyde Street Pier. Daily, call for times of boat tour.  

"C.A. Thayer." A three-mast schooner used in the lumber and cod  

fishing trades. At Hyde Street Pier.  

"Alma." Between 1850 and the early 1900s, the best highways  

around the San Francisco Bay area were the waterways and the delivery trucks  

and tractortrailer rigs of the time were the flat-bottomed scow schooners.  

Able to navigate the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta region's shallow creeks,  

sloughs and channels, the scows' sturdy hulls could rest safely and securely  

on the bottom providing a flat, stable platform for loading and unloading.  

Made of inexpensive Douglas fir, scow's designs were so simple they could be  

built by eye or without plans.  

"Hercules." Tugs in the early part of the 20th century towed  

barges, sailing ships and log rafts between Pacific ports. Because prevailing  

north/west winds generally made travel up the coast by sail both difficult  

and circuitous, tugs often towed large sailing vessels to points north of San  

Francisco. In 1916 Hercules towed the C.A. Thayer to Port Townsend, Wash.,  

taking six days to make the trip. At the end of the sail era, the Hercules  

was acquired by the Western Pacific Railroad Company and shuttled railroad  

car barges back and forth across San Francisco Bay until 1962.  

"Eppleton Hall." Built in England, the steam side-wheeler plied  

the Wear and Tyne rivers of Northeast England. Designed to tow ocean-going  

colliers (coal-carrying sail vessels) the tugs saved transit time getting the  

sail vessels upriver to load. The side-wheelers were also used to tow newly  

built ships out to sea. From 1969 to 1979, the Eppleton Hall served as a  

private yacht. She was modified for an epic steam via the Panama Canal to San  

Francisco, passing through the Golden Gate in March of 1970.  


"USS Pampanito." This World-War-II-era submarine is berthed at  

Fisherman's Wharf. The submarine celebrated her 50th anniversary in November  

of 1993 and is perhaps best known for her participation in a "wolf pack''  

attack on a convoy of enemy ships during World War II. The entrance fee  

includes a taped audio tour that describes what life on this submarine was  

like. At Pier 45, near foot of Taylor Street. Monday through Thursday, Sunday  

and holidays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $9  

general; $5 seniors, $4 active duty military, $4 youth ages 6 to 12; free  

children under age 6. (415) 775-1943.  


"Historic Ship Volunteer Work Party," Saturday, 9 a.m. Become  

part of an effort to preserve four of the park's nautical treasures. Work on  

a different ship each Saturday. Bring work clothes, work shoes and lunch.  

Call for meeting place. (415) 332-8409.  

Unless noted otherwise, events take place on the Hyde Street Pier,  

located at the foot of Hyde Street on Jefferson Street. 

EXHIBITS -- Current Exhibits at the Visitor Center:  

"What's Your Pleasure? Recreational Boats of California's Past,"  

openended. This exhibit includes 1940s Sacramento Hydroplanes, a Russian  

River launch from the 19th century, classic wooden motor launches and motor  

boats, and other smaller crafts.  

"Hydroplanes and Racing Boats," open-ended. A small exhibit  

showcasing 1930s racing engines and hydroplane boats.  

"Frisco Bound," an exhibition about immigration to San Francisco,  

clipper ships, and the Gold Rush era.  

"Hyde Street Ship Models," an exhibit of models of the historic  

ships at the Hyde Street Pier.  

"Discovery Room," a preview of the Maritime Library where  

visitors can look up documents and photographs.  

(415) 447-5000. 


"Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th century Sailing Ship,"  

Daily, 2:15 p.m.-3 p.m. Take a guided tour of the sailing ship  

Balclutha and learn about the hardships and awards of the sailors show fought  

for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage. Vessel admission. 

"Chantey Sing," Oct. 2, 8-12 a.m. Monthly sing along aboard a  

historic ship. Bring a mug for hot apple cider served from the ship's galley.  

Free; reservations required. Reservation line: (415) 561-7171. 

VISITOR CENTER -- 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily  


Entering the Pier is free but there is a fee to board the ships.  

The fee allows access to all ships and is good for seven days. $5; free  

children under age 16. May 28-Sept. 30: daily, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 1-May  

27: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Foot of Hyde Street, San Francisco. (415)  




and promoting the art of contemporary craft and design. The museum showcases  

diverse exhibitions from regional, national and international artists,  

working in mediums such as wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. 


$2-$4; free youths under age 18. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

550 Sutter St., San Francisco. (415) 773-0303, 




"Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection,"  

This newly reconceived exhibition of SFMOMA's modern art collection  

features paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the first 60 years of  

the 20th century. Featured artists include: Joseph Cornell, Ellsworth Kelly,  

Yves Klein, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Diego  

Rivera, Andy Warhol and Paul Klee.  

"Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture  

Collection," This new presentation of the SFMOMA collection  

features works from the past five decades by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober,  

Eva Hesse, Anish Kapoor, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, Gordon Matta-Clark,  

Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg and Kara Walker.  

"The Art of Design: Selections from the Permanent Collection of  

Architecture and Design," The exhibit will feature 100 selections  

from their architecture, graphic design and industrial design collections on  

a rotating basis. It features classic works plus new designs by up-andcoming  


"Picturing Modernity: Photographs from the Permanent Collection,"  

Photography is possibly the quintessential modern art medium because  

its 160-year history corresponds almost exactly with Modernism's duration as  

a cultural movement. This exhibit looks at the photograph's unique pictorial  

ability and its ever-growing pervasiveness in modern culture, putting the  

medium in dialogue with paintings and other kinds of art.  

KORET VISITOR EDUCATION CENTER -- This facility includes  

multimedia display technology, "Pick Up and Go'' guides for adults and  

children, art videos, and a community art gallery created by participants in  

school, teen and family programs. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and  

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


"Tony Labat's I Want You," The latest installment in the  

newly launched program series "Live Art at SFMOMA.'' The artist invites  

denizens of the Bay Area to make their own demands of the public which riffs  

on the iconic "I Want You'' army recruitment campaigns of World Wars I and  

II, he asks you what you would do if you had only one minute to seize the  

voice of authority, to be the finger-pointing Uncle Sam. 

Jesse Hazelip, through Nov. 13. Artists Gallery showcases the work  

of the Oakland-based artist.  

$7-$12.50; half price on Thursdays after 6 p.m.; free for all  

visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Monday, Tuesday and Friday  

through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m. 151 Third St.,  

San Francisco. (415) 357-4000, 




"Dance in California: 150 Years of Innovation," This  

permanent exhibit traces the history and artistic range of modern dance in  

California, with photographs and documents highlighting the achievements of  

Lola Montez, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, the Christensen  

brothers, the Peters Wright School, the company of Lester Horton, Anna  

Halprin and Lucas Hoving.  

"Maestro! Photographic Portraits by Tom Zimberoff," This  

permanent exhibit is a comprehensive study of a generation of national and  

international conductors. In Gallery 5.  

"San Francisco 1900: On Stage," In Gallery 4.  

"San Francisco in Song," In Gallery 3. 

Free. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1-5 p.m. San  

Francisco War Memorial Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., Fourth Floor,  

San Francisco. (415) 255-4800, 


SEYMOUR PIONEER MUSEUM The museum, owned by The  

Society of California Pioneers, houses a permanent research library, art  

gallery and history museum. Exhibits include a photography collection  

documenting California history. 

$1-$3. Wednesday-Friday and the first Saturday of the month, 10  

a.m.-4 p.m. Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth St., San Francisco.  

(415) 957-1859, 



The museum, founded in 1968, houses collections of archaeological  

and ethnographic specimens from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and North America as  

well as small collections from Central and South America. There are also  

collections of photographs, tapes and phonograph records from Africa and  

Europe. In addition, there is an archive of field notes and other materials  

associated with the collections. The museum also houses the Hohenthal Gallery  

that is used for traveling exhibits as well as exhibits mounted by students  

and faculty. 

Free. Museum office: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.;  

Hohenthal Gallery, SCI 388: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Science  

Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco. (415) 338-2467, 


ZEUM Zeum is a technology and arts museum for children and  

families featuring exhibits and workshops that cover a variety of fascinating  



$8-$10. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday. 221 Fourth St., San  

Francisco. (415) 820-3220,