Major Exhibitions Visit San Francisco Neighborhoods

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2020


Kate Patterson, San Francisco Public Library
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Major Exhibitions Visit San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco Public Library partners with local museums to bring blockbuster shows to the branches


SAN FRANCISCO – In recent years, San Francisco Public Library has strengthened ties with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum to enhance its art programming and to help the museums reach new audiences.


“We recognize that for a variety of reasons not everyone is accustomed to visiting a museum,” says Chief of Public Programs and Partnerships Michelle Jeffers. “For some, these programs offer a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibitions and help increase comfort levels by providing additional context about what our patrons can expect to see and experience. At the same time, the Library benefits by being able to offer patrons programs featuring leading scholars and curators. It’s a win, win.”


Upcoming Programs:


·         Join SFMOMA researcher Yomna Osman for an exploration of the groundbreaking exhibition SOFT POWER.


o   Wednesday, January 22, 6 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave.

o   Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St.

o   Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave.


·         Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1883 Art Talk with the de Young Museum - An entertaining and educational celebration of art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse.

o   Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Presidio Branch, 3150 Sacramento St.

o   Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St.

o   Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St.

o   Wednesday, Feb. 12 6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 4th St.

o   Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave.           


In addition, African American Center Librarian Shawna Sherman and Magazines and Newspapers Center Librarian Greg Hom curated a mini-exhibit, The Black Aesthetic: Exploring the Black Arts Movement in the Library Collection, for the Main Library that highlights some of the periodicals and books in the Library’s collection that tie directly to Soul of a Nation. The exhibit includes magazine articles that debate the idea of a “Black Aesthetic” and images from periodicals and books such as Black Photographers Annual and In Our Terribleness, all of which feature covers or illustrations designed by artists involved in the Black Power movement. On view on the 5th floor and in the Grove Street display cases of the Main Library (100 Larkin Street) February 1 to March 15, 2020.          


The exhibition is presented in conjunction with More than a Month, the Library’s celebration of African American History and Culture. In 2020, our More Than a Month programming features more than 80 unique film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits and music and craft classes for the whole family.


·         COMING IN MAY, the Library will partner with the Asian Art Museum on a lecture series during the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration.


o   Seeking the Divine, Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m., Anza Branch                             

o   The Goddess, Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St.

o   Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave.


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一月 24, 2020