Member Event

Joint Member Day

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

Various locations

On Saturday, March 20, 2010, seven San Francisco cultural institutions are teaming up with SFMOMA to offer members reciprocal admission, tours, and discounts. SFMOMA members can enjoy complimentary admission for two people at any of the participating institutions, which include the Asian Art Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF Camerawork, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Please present your membership card for admission.

Participating museums, hours, and programs for Joint Member Day are:

Museum Details

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street
(Civic Center)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On View
Through the mirror of its art, Shanghai explores the tumultuous history that has resulted in one of Asia’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities today. The exhibition features more than 130 oil paintings, Shanghai Deco furniture and rugs, revolutionary posters, works of fashion, movie clips, and contemporary installations. These artworks, drawn mainly from the collections of the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Shanghai Municipal History Museum, and the Lu Xun Museum, include the most significant visual documents of the city’s rich and ever-changing culture.

Special Events
Docent-led tours and audio tours available for collection galleries and the special exhibition.

Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission Street
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On View
Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime
Samurai have a rich tradition in Japanese art dating back centuries. This exhibition follows the samurai from wood-block prints to their more modern incarnations, in film, comics, and animation.

Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow
Since his debut in 1939, few fictional characters have been as popular and enduring as DC Comics’s Batman. This exhibition looks at some of the most iconic and innovative artists to draw Batman over the past 70 years.

Ed Hannigan: Covered
Marvel and DC Comics artist Ed Hannigan designed some of the most iconic comic book covers of the 1970s and 1980s, featuring characters including Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. This exhibition looks back at his career in a special collaboration with The Hero Initiative, which will culminate in a charity auction to raise money to offset Hannigan’s medical expenses as he battles multiple sclerosis.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On View
As It Is Written: Project 304,805
The exhibition is centered around a soferet (a professionally trained female scribe) who, while on public view, will write out the entire text of the Torah over the course of a full year. Visitors have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about one of the world’s foundational religious texts and the spiritual and ritual essence of an enduring scribal art. Also on view will be new works commissioned by the museum responding to sections of the Torah created by local and national contemporary artists.

The People's Torah
As part of the exhibition As It Is Written, People's Torah is an interactive, three-dimensional rendering of the Five Books of Moses, "written” collectively, letter by letter, by online participants in collaboration with museum visitors. To create the People's Torah, online and museum visitors from around the world will virtually “join hands,” working together to create each of the 304,805 letters of the Torah.

"Our Struggle": Responding to Mein Kampf
This is the first North American showing of this exhibition, based on a collective artwork and book titled Notre Combat (Our Struggle). The book and exhibition are the result of French painter and photographer Linda Ellia’s response to her encounter with a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. After personally altering pages of the book, she invited hundreds of people from all over the world to paint, draw, sculpt, and collage directly on the pages. On view in the exhibition are 600 of these pages from a multitude of participants, including artists, writers, poets, musicians, film makers, journalists, and students, from as many as 17 different countries. Creativity emerges from tragedy in this riveting exhibition, reminding us that the bigotry, intolerance, and discrimination inscribed in the book must never be repeated.

Special Events
11:30 a.m. Exhibition tour: As It Is Written
1:00 p.m. Architecture tour
2:30 p.m. Exhibition tour: Our Struggle

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off museum store purchases during the day.

Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street
San Francisco
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

On View
Africa Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals
This exhibition, featured in MoAD’s special exhibitions gallery, includes 39 color and black-and-white photographs by Bryan Wiley, a highly regarded Bay Area photo historian who has traveled extensively throughout the Atlantic black diaspora documenting altars and ritual practices by African descendants in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, South Carolina, and New Orleans. Wiley has exhibited his photographs in traditional and nontraditional venues in the United States and abroad and has been the photographer of record for several important documentary and feature films.   

The exhibition also features contemporary examples of Afro-Atlantic altars that are derived from altar worship among the Akan, Bakongo, Fon, Ejagham, Mande, and Yoruba of west and central Africa. With the altars, which often include color-coded fabrics, food, photographs, musical instruments, symbolic figurative sculpture, tools and candles related to specific deities, the exhibition and the entire museum become sacred spaces and focal points of worship. 

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off museum store purchases during the day.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art

51 Yerba Buena Lane
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On View
Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali, West Africa
This exhibition gives long-overdue recognition to the talented Africans who create stunning fabrics and other art, showing brilliant contemporary examples of their work. Social issues such as empowerment of women, the status of dress, and current trends in fabrics are explored.

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off museum store purchases during the day.

SF Camerawork

657 Mission Street, second floor
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

On View
An Autobiography of San Francisco Part II: The Future Lasts Forever
In celebration of its thirty-fifth anniversary, SF Camerawork is presenting the second part of a special two-part exhibition. Featuring more than 30 artists, over 125 works, and organized in three sections, the works exhibited in The Future Lasts Forever all reflect the passage of time in various ways. Some works shine a light on important historical events that still have an impact on our current lives, and others highlight archival work that is being revitalized. The exhibition also features important ongoing projects that span the decades and continue into the future, as well as newly commissioned projects by artists whose work involves a merging of histories.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street
Noon - 8:00 p.m.

On View
Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams
This exhibition features new projects as well as selected earlier works by the San Francisco-based artist Renée Green, including short films, drawings, banners, audio projects, a window installation, and a related publication. For more than 20 years, Green has been creating works of art that critically assess the intersection of ideas, processes, and creativities around a range of topics including cultural history, transnational travel, feminism, and biography.

Death’s Boutique
For their first collaborative exhibition, Los Angeles–based artists Kara Tanaka and Marco Rios investigate death by delving into heavy subject matter with both humor and sincerity, featuring a new series of sculptures accompanied by photographs, video, and printed matter. For this project, the artists journey to Sweden (to investigate the newest and most ecological burial technique) and Lithuania (the country with the world’s highest suicide rate) to explore the motivations of those who preemptively seek and plan for their own moment of expiration and those willing to conjure the magic of a well-considered ending.

The Global Lives Project
This exhibition features 24 hours in the lives of 10 people from around the world.

Special Events
YBCA will raffle off a free membership and performance and film tickets.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Artist workshop: Marco Rios and Kara Tanaka