It’s no surprise that San Francisco is home to some extraordinary contemporary museums and interactive art exhibitions. The city is recognized for having the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to the 20th-century and has secured several visiting pop-up art installations. The excitement and swell for the experience of art in the city doesn’t seem to be slowing down. We have curated a list of a few high demand museums from modern to traditional for you to check out:
Can you image a room full of confetti dropping from the ceiling or a giant yellow ball pit for you to jump in? This is not a figment of your imagination, but the actual pop-up art experience at Color Factory. The two-story interactive exhibition is a deliberate celebration of color and material. It is art reimagined, where adults and kids alike lose their selves in 10,000 colored ribbons, catch some rainbows and walk through rooms in every hue imaginable. This exhibit is like no other and has seen a great response during its stop in San Francisco.
What do you get when you infuse a child-like imagination and dessert? The Museum of Ice Cream! A pop-up museum with ten exhibitions themed around ice cream. It is guaranteed to satisfied your insatiable appetite with a faux banana split made of ten thousand “bananas,” a grow house of mint, a jungle made from melting popsicles and a swimmable sprinkle pool filled with more than a hundred million sprinkles. The museum goes live this month in San Francisco. While tickets sold out in the first few hours, many are hoping new tickets will be released soon!
It is the only museum in San Francisco devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. The manifesto behind this hub for distinctive art is to question the notion of conventional art. The current exhibitions, Architectural Pavilion and Mixed Messages, offer different artistic expression, but ultimately deliver on the promise of unconventional art. The newest, Architectural Pavilion, presents an immersive architectural environment, and will engage participants in architecture’s physical and collaborative process through digital and material forms.
The SFMOMA holds the position as the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to the 20th-century. Think of a true blend of contemporary and historical pieces to curate the most captivating experiences for a public (FREE) museum. Many collections have graced the spaces in SFMOMA from the painting of Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier (1935) to Live Art (2008), a series of public programs to embrace the performance-based nature of contemporary art. Experience the current 16 exhibits from paintings to abstract objects that take you through the realms of modern art.
The largest museum in the western world devoted to Asian art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with the Flower Power exhibit open now until October 1. In Asian art, flowers covey meaning and speak their own language. This exhibit invites you to delve into the symbolism of six significant blooms: the lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip and rose. The flowers take artistic meaning to a new dimension with rare porcelains, striking sculptures and pop art that touches on current issues, from climate change to social activism.
This list only captures a fraction of new and staple museums around San Francisco. The city is home to many contemporary museums and pop-up art installations to explore.