Out & About, Museums, Walks, and Talks: August

Art of Peace


Featured: Art of Peace Exhibit

Thru August 25

This collaborative effort brings together art and artists from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Robby Poblete Foundation, and United Playaz to drive awareness about the continued escalation of death due to gun violence in the United States. This exhibit focuses on the stories of artists who have been affected by gun violence and the transformations made possible through their artwork.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), 415.978.2787




Bay Area Discovery Museum

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice

Explore the land of fire’s volcano and squishy forest floor and the land of ice’s chilly slide and cave before digging for fossils in the field research station, through September 2 (Sausalito).

415.339.3900, bayareadiscoverymuseum.org


Bolinas Museum

Meghann Riepenhoff: Nearshore

Generated at the water’s edge, these blue-tinged photographic works dynamically capture the environment in which they were made, through August 11 (Bolinas).

415.868.0330, bolinasmuseum.org


Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Artists of Marin MOCA

The over 160 artist members put on a show, August 10–September 15 (Novato).

415.506.0137, marinmoca.org


The Museum of the American Indian

Thousands of Native American regional and cultural items are displayed, with a focus on Marin and Sonoma (Novato).

415.897.4064, marinindian.com


The Space Station Museum

This storefront museum houses one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space artifacts, including full-size replicas of a lunar module and lunar rover (Novato).

415.524.3940, thespacestationca.org



Asian Art Museum

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV: Connection The fourth-generation Japanese bamboo artist created this immersive, site-specific installation from tiger bamboo grown in Kochi prefecture, through August 25 (SF).

415.581.3711, asianart.org


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

No Horizon: Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey is a new series by these two Marin residents and Zen Buddhist practitioners, through August 25; The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison­ presents a collection of visual documents and archival photographs created by a volunteer professor for the Prison University Project in collaboration with incarcerated men, opens August 21 (Berkeley).

510.642.0808, bampfa.org


California Academy of Sciences

Passport to the Universe This new movie gives viewers an astronaut’s-eye view of our little corner of space, including new visualizations of the Orion Nebula derived from the Hubble Space Telescope (SF).

415.379.8000, calacademy.org


Chabot Space & Science Center 

Luminous Moon, a photographic exhibition presented in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center, features the work of Conrad Jung and invites viewers to consider the moon in new ways, through Sept 8.



Charles M. Schulz Museum

Peanuts Goes to Camp

Relive summer adventures along with the gang, including the joys of sleeping in a tent, through November 18 (Santa Rosa).

707.579.4452, schulzmuseum.org


Contemporary Jewish Museum

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

The first major museum survey of the work of Davis-based sculptor Annabeth Rosen, a pioneer in contemporary ceramics whose works are often described as theatrical, through January 19, 2020 (SF).

415.655.7800, thecjm.org


de Young

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin

The renowned tattoo artist gets his first museum retrospective, through October 6 (SF).

415.750.3600, deyoung.famsf.org


di Rosa

Viola Frey: Center Stage

Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).

707.226.5991, dirosaart.org



After Dark: Bottom of the 9th

Delve into the science and arcana of America’s pastime. Why is a ball stitched? How do bat materials shape the game? How does a pitcher throw a curveball? (SF).

415.397.5673, exploratorium.edu


Legion of Honor

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book

A look at a movement launched in 1916 by poets and artists to skewer the societal norms deemed responsible for the horrors of World War I, through November 10 (SF).

415.750.3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org


Museum of the African Diaspora

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox

The legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean is explored through the works of 10 contemporary artists, including Andrea Chung, Angel Otero and Didier William, through August 11 (SF).

415.358.7200, moadsf.org


Museum of Craft and Design

Dead Nuts: A Search for the Ultimate Machined Object

What started as a question on an online forum — What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism? — evolved into a crowdsourced list of favorites that inspire these makers, through December 1 (SF).

415.773.0303, sfmcd.org


Oakland Museum of California

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

Commissioned to document the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion completed in 1869, Russell’s photography shows the major impacts of the technological marvel on the land and native peoples, through September 1 (Oakland). 510.318.8400, museumca.org


San Francisco Art Institute

More Than 700 Years: SFAI Faculty Exhibition

An amalgam showing the years invested by each participating faculty member in the studio and in the classroom, this exhibit spans campuses at Fort Mason Center and Chestnut Street (SF).

415.771.7020, sfai.edu



Far Out: Suits, Habs and Labs for Outer Space

Organized by SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design department, this exhibit examines how both applied and theoretical design can advance new models for life beyond Earth, with real and conceptual ideas for space suits, habitats and laboratories and a selection of films and visual art, through January 20, 2020 (SF).

415.357.4000, sfmoma.org


Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Famous for portraits of vanishing wildlife, photographer Nick Brandt presents panoramic landscapes showing the impact of humans in East African places where animals used to roam, through September 8 (Sonoma).

707.939.7862, svma.org


The Walt Disney Family Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through January 6, 2020 (SF).

415.345.6800, waltdisney.org


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that support societal movement are the emphasis of this cultural institution (SF).

415.978.2787, ybca.org


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Chrisitina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her childrens’ schools, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.