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2014 in Review So Far (San Francisco Museums)

Halfway through 2014, the museums of San Francisco have already seen a lot of exhibitions and events, from those of world renowned artists to seasonal events. Here is what went down in the city by the bay:

1. Asian Art Museum: The museum’s first two exhibitions delved into the origins of yoga and the mentality of Himalayan Buddhism. Later, the museum coincided with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), in a exhibition that asks what is considered to be gorgeous.

2. Cartoon Art Museum: The museum continued it’s celebration of the Sandman’s 25th anniversary, while beginning celebrations of histories for James Bond, female comic book artists, and a legendary Marvel comics artist. Also this year, there were various events including the first annual Queer Comics Expo and an appearance from Tom Tomorrow.

3. Contemporary Jewish Museum: The museum offered exhibitions of an interactive installation of Jewish life, artist Arthur Szyk and 20th century home design from artists who escaped Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, all of which would have an impact on the world of architecture.

4. DeYoung Museum: The museum had their annual Bouquets to Art exhibition, as well as the tenth season of Friday Nights at the DeYoung program. As for exhibitions, they included the history of the Bay Bridge, Georgia O’ Keeffe’s Lake George period, Native American Art from a prominent art collection, various modern art from another, and photography covering the early days of the LGBT movement.
5. Legion of Honor Museum: Exhibitions from this museum include works from Henri Matisse (also the year’s first conjunction with SFMOMA), Impressionist art from the National Gallery of Art, and copper art from the Chalcolithic period (Stone-Copper period).

6. Museo Italo Americano: Museum had two new exhibitions this year, that included abstraction and works in marble and stone, exploring everything including urban life and various emotions.

7. Museum of Craft and Design: This year, exhibitions included multi-lathe sculpture, the significant design element of “material absence”, works made entirely of cardboard, commentaries of global consumption and handcrafted wearable art.

8. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Along with conjunctions with the Legion of Honor and Asian Art Museums, SFMOMA also coincided with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for an exhibition on South African art.

Upcoming exhibitions from the San Francisco museums as 2014 rolls on include works from Keith Haring, a celebrated 16th century artist, footage of a celebrated benefactor of San Francisco, and SFMOMA’s conjunction with a Sacramento museum.

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