The San Francisco Decorator Showcase has spent the past 41 years building up a strong reputation as one of the decoration industries touchstone events. The SFDS gathers together the Bay Area’s best and brightest who are working in areas such as interior design and landscape design for a month long showcase of their work and their visions.
Over the past hundred years, San Francisco has acted as a powerful beacon for artists looking to reinvent, challenge, and discover themselves. From filmmakers to musicians to poets to painters, the Bay Area is the home they have looked for their entire lives. This helps explain why the city boasts of so many wonderful art galleries, bookstores, cafes, and other spaces that host and nurture artists of all kinds.
There is something about old maps that stirs us deep within. Seeing a drawing of a now familiar land mass rendered unusual due to the lack of contemporary structures, seeing a drawing that is meant to convey a comprehensive image of a place rather than a functional series of directions on how to make it from point A to point B by taking the fastest root causes us to feel a sense of possibility that, quite frankly, few modern experiences can recreate.
Museum lovers traveling through San Francisco over the past three years have been deprived of one of the country’s most renowned and popular art institutions: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA, for short). That all changes on the 14th of this month, when the SFMOMA reopens its doors after engaging in extensive renovation and, most importantly, expansion. Before the SFMOMA’s doors closed, it had a prestigious reputation. Now, with thousands of more artworks and thousands of more square feet to display them, it’s well-regarded name can only soar even higher.
Art lovers who are in or around the Bay Area have a wide range of opportunities to engage in local and international artistic culture. It can be difficult to know where to begin, but that’s why we are here: to help you parse through the scads of choices, highlighting the events that will best transform your trip to San Francisco into a magical experience.
It’s no secret that San Francisco is home to some of the largest and most prestigious fine art institutions in the U.S. But if you’re looking for an authentic art experience that’s well off the beaten path, head to one of these respected underground art destinations, which offer plenty of unique visual artwork to explore.
The world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. Opening on March 12th and ending May 30th, the garment exhibition held at the DeYoung Museum of Art will include more than 130 unique pieces produced over five decades.
If you’ve heard anything about the California Historical Society this year, you probably heard about their year-long exhibition of City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair, which kicked off back in February, and will be ending in the first week of January, 2016. A major part of this exhibition was a series called Engineers of Illumination, where five projected-light installations honor the stunning achievements of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.
You don’t need to go to Los Angeles to get a dose of Disney. The Walt Disney Family Museum is located right here in the Bay Area at 104 Montgomery Street at the Presidio in San Francisco. The museum is a non-profit established by the celebrity’s daughter, and, although it is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, it’s a must-see for any fan.
Now through February 28th, Hawaiian culture, history, and art will be on display at the Textiles Gallery of the de Young Museum. The Nā Hulu Ali‘I Exhibit presents some of the world’s most intricate featherwork sent from the generous Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. In fact, this is the first time in history that Hawaiian featherwork will be formally displayed on the mainland!