4 Must-See Art Exhibits in San Francisco

From a groundbreaking exhibit on the works of Claude Cahun and her partner and collaborator Marcel Moore to the exquisite details of modern-day kimonos, San Francisco’s art scene is as vibrant as ever this season. Below we’ve highlighted some of the exciting, current exhibitions that are taking place in the beautiful City by the Bay.

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen Feb 7, 2019–Jul 7, 2019

Show Me As I Want to Be Seen

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen presents the work of groundbreaking French Jewish artist Claude Cahun and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore in dialogue with ten contemporary artists to examine the complex and empowered representation of gender fluid identity. The exhibit, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, will be showcased from February 7 through July 7.



Longtime Bay Area artist, DJ, and  producer Romanowski shares his art, music, and love of the Bay Area at this exciting exhibition at the 111 Minna Gallery. Swiss-born Romanowski has been active in the Bay Area since 1990. The Minna Gallery says, “Romanowski continues to build on his compositions of found objects, which aesthetically shed light on his keen eye and extremely competent sense of design. It’s not uncommon for Romanowski to incorporate live plants among and within his pieces. Fused with the wooden objects and careful attention to their finishes the two sing as sort of a reunification to each of these mediums original roots. Romanowski is a true artist, always pushing the boundaries that in more cases than not, he has already previously redefined. Be it through his original music recordings, Dj work, design, multi-media or fine art, Romanowski never ceases to keep things fresh and deliver truly unique individuality.  March 1 through April 15.

GLBT Historical Society

GLBT Historical Society Entrance.

The GLBT Historical Society Museum features the exhibition “Queer Past Becomes Present,” showcasing how queer history informs the present and inspires us to build a community that embraces differences. Among the objects on display are personal belongings of Harvey Milk, the United States’s first openly gay elected official; publications related to lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon; a costume worn by activist and entertaining legend José Sarria, the first gay man to run for office in San Francisco; and photos, documents and artifacts telling the amazing stories of over a century of everyday queer life among the diverse populations of San Francisco. Now through the spring.

Kimono Refashioned, Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned, Asian Art Museum

Featuring over 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, Kimono Refashioned at the Asian Art Museum shows us that the kimono continues to be a source of contemporary design in both the US and around the globe. Comme des Garçons and Iris van Herpen are among some of the newer kimonos on display, while the oldest comes from 1870 London. February 8-May 5.

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