San Francisco Museum Exhibits - October 2008
Listings updated annually.
October 2008 exhibits at San Francisco museums. Museums outside of the city are listed at the end.
** Note: Museums not listed are temporarily closed or do not have special exhibitions this month.
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The Hewitt Collection of African American Art
Oct 17, 2008 to Jan 11, 2009
Exhibition of fifty-eight works assembled over a half-century, from 1949 to 1998, by John and Vivian Hewitt. It is one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of African American art.
Simply Shaker: The Ben and Toby Rose Collection of Shaker Arts and Crafts
To November 2, 2008
Highlights masterpieces of Shaker furniture and includes objects representing Shaker life and style.
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War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines 1898 - 1915
Oct 22, 2008 to Feb 22, 2009
Mixed media exhibit of photographs, diaries, letters, political cartoons, recordings, maps, and flags looks at the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars from several points of view.
Location: Union Square
Museum of Craft + Design Website
The Thinking Body
Oct 17, 2008 to Jan 4, 2009
Exhibition will examine ideas about the body’s perceptual relationship to jewelry, functional objects and spaces.
Double Down: Two Visions of Vegas
To Jan 4, 2009
Presents a portrait of the Las Vegas environment through two recent video works, Olivo Barbieri's site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 and Stephen Dean's No More Bets.
Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900
Oct 11, 2008 to Jan 4, 2009
Includes examples of early scientific (and pseudoscientific) photography and considers what it meant in the 19th century to "see" photographically.
See the SF MOMA Website for more events.
Location: SoMa - (SoMa Information)
Bay Area Now5
To Nov 16, 2008
Fifth triennial exhibition of Bay Area art explores questions around how to re-imagine a regional survey in the midst of globalization
The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Space
Oct 31, 2008 to Jan 11, 2009
How do we ensure sustainability for growing urban populations? Exhibition that brings together work from a diverse group of practitioners who combine art with cultural activism.
Additional exhibit information at ybca.org
Location: Downtown Oakland
Oakland Museum Website
In Our Own Backyard: A Celebration of the East Bay Regional Parks
To Nov 9, 2008
More than 40 photographs from the museum's Bob Walker Archive, offering visitors a virtual tour through the East Bay's most scenic parks and open spaces, following the flow of water from snow-capped Mt. Diablo downstream and eventually into the Bay
2626 Bancroft Way in Berkeley, CA
See additional exhibits at the museum website
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art From the Sigg Collection
To Jan 4, 2009
141 works by ninety-six artists, representing the historical span of art from the 1970s to today in China.
Bending the Word/MATRIX 226
To Feb 8, 2009
Exhibition brings together four artists—Martha Colburn, Patricia Esquivias, Olivia Plender, and Tris Vonna-Michell—whose work mingles fact and fiction, history and anecdote, reshaping our views of the world through storytelling.
To Feb 8, 2009
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung offers an interactive online game that tackles global warming with political savvy and wry humor
Berkeley - Kroeber Hall on Bancroft Way at College Avenue
From the Land of the Rajas: Creativity in Rajasthan
To December 21, 2008
Traje de la Vida: Maya Textiles of Guatemala
From Sep 25, 2008
Berkeley - On Centennial Drive in the Berkeley Hills
To January 4, 2009
To November 30, 2008