Member Event

Joint Member Day

January 10, 2009

Multiple Locations

On Saturday, January 10, 2009, seven San Francisco cultural institutions are teaming up with SFMOMA to offer members reciprocal admission and gallery tours. Each SFMOMA member can bring a guest, free of charge, to any of the other 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.

Participating Museums and Hours for Joint Member Day:

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On View
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul explores the rich cultural heritage of ancient Afghanistan from the Bronze Age through the rise of trade along the Silk Road in the first century CE. The exhibition features nearly 230 artworks, including gold objects from the famed Bactrian Hoard, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware, and other ancient Afghan works of art.

Due to limited capacity, please be advised that admission does not guarantee entry into this special exhibition.

Special Event
AsiaAlive: Digging Archaeology
Noon – 4:00 p.m., North Court
Join archaeologists from U.C. Berkeley's Archaeological Research Facility to learn how they discover lifestyles of past and present. Go on a field expedition, make an archaeologist's field journal, ask questions, and find out how you can learn from an ordinary object from the past.

A docent-led tour visits Afghanistan at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. A tour about the Silk Road begins at 2:30 p.m.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco
Open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On View
The Totoro Forest Project features paintings, illustrations, and sculptures from nearly 200 critically acclaimed animators, fine artists, cartoonists, and illustrators. All of the art for the exhibition was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's iconic animated film My Neighbor Totoro.

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco
Open 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

On View
Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered features Andy Warhol's extraordinary portraits of great Jewish thinkers, politicians, performers, musicians, and writers. Included in the series are such celebrated figures as Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, and Gertrude Stein.

A tour of Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered begins at 11:30 a.m.; an architectural tour begins at 2:00 p.m.

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
Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

On View
The Hewitt Collection of African American Art features 58 works assembled over a half-century, from 1949 to 1998, by John and Vivian Hewitt. It is one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of African American art. The exhibition offers not only important 20th-century art but also a survey of African American culture and society. The exhibition includes works by Romare Bearden, regarded as one of the greatest American artists of his generation, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, one of the first African American artists to achieve acclaim in both America and Europe.

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, San Francisco
Open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On View
The Shape of Things: Paper Traditions and Transformations examines paper traditions from Asia—specifically from China, Japan, the Philippines, and Korea—and including paper cuts, origami, paper lanterns, paper boxes, papier mâché, and katagami. Juxtaposing the work with that of contemporary artists demonstrates how traditional art, folk art, contemporary craft, and fine art are all part of the same continuum.

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off Museum Store purchases during the day.

SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, second floor, San Francisco
Open noon – 5:00 p.m.

On View
United In Nima: Bay Area and Ghanaian Youth Share Lives Through the Lens features photographs taken by Bay Area youth from low-income families and by students from Accra, Ghana. The work on display is the culmination of a trip to West Africa that students in SF Camerawork's First Exposures program took to work with students in the Ghana Youth Photo Project.

Test Patterns: Recent Video from South Africa features the work of eight contemporary South African artists who use video to evidence the transformation of social, political, and economic landscapes. Through a range of subjects — including colonialism, apartheid, AIDS, migration, and xenophobia — the artists record, reorder, recalibrate, capture, process, store, transmit, and construct new narratives in videos that explore South Africa's changing space.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
Open noon – 5:00 p.m.

On View
The Gatherers is a contemporary art exhibition that brings together a diverse group of practitioners who combine art with cultural activism to explore questions of how we ensure sustainability for our growing urban populations. It touches upon a broad range of interlinking topics, from environmental issues to urban spatial justice.

transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix features 16 artists from Vietnam and Korea and their respective diasporas in the United States. In recognizing the vitality of art in addressing cultural, social, and political issues, the exhibition signals unprecedented engagement with the rich historic and contemporary relationships between Korea, Vietnam, and the United States.

Special Events
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will hold a raffle for a free membership, a Bay Area Now 5 catalogue, a performance, and film tickets.

Art Savvy
3:00 p.m.
Art Savvy is a groundbreaking hands-on program that will help you deepen your connection with contemporary art through Visual Thinking Strategies, one of the most respected art-education methods in the country. Tour TransPOP, get an overview of contemporary art, and enjoy a post-tour discussion. Space is limited, so contact Esther Chang, Discovering YBCA Coordinator, at or call 415.321.1363 for reservations.