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San Francisco Museum Exhibits: Top Traveling Shows for 2021 & 2022

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Updated: September 30, 2021

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Discover a full calendar of current and upcoming San Francisco museum exhibits. My schedule offers a monthly look at the top upcoming shows at popular museums such as the de Young, the SF Museum of Modern Art, and the Asian Art Museum. 

The calendar includes traveling and temporary exhibits with the dates they will be open to the public. For many of the art exhibits, you will need to buy a ticket in addition to the general admission tickets. You can pick these up when you arrive or in advance online.

Click the links below to jump ahead to a certain month:

San Francisco Museum Exhibits: Asian Art Museum

October 2021

Asian Art Museum

Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky

After Hope: Videos of Resistance

Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang


Contemporary Jewish Museum

GOLEM: A Call to Action, through December 5

Experience Leonard Cohen: August 5, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Judy Chicago: Cohanim, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022

George Fok: Passing Through, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

Hung Liu: Golden Gate, July 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022


Legion of Honor

Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?, May 7 - November 7

Iliazd: Publishing as an Art Form, June 21 - October 10

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, October 9, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik, through October 3

Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa, through December 5

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara, through December 12

One Day at a Time: Susan O'Malley and Leah Rosenberg, through January 2

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Joan Mitchell: September 4, 2021 - January 17, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

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November 2021

Asian Art Museum

Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky

After Hope: Videos of Resistance

Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang


Contemporary Jewish Museum

GOLEM: A Call to Action, through December 5

Experience Leonard Cohen: August 5, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Judy Chicago: Cohanim, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022

George Fok: Passing Through, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

Hung Liu: Golden Gate, July 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022


Legion of Honor

Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?, May 7 - November 7

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, October 9, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa, through December 5

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara, through December 12

One Day at a Time: Susan O'Malley and Leah Rosenberg, through January 2

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Joan Mitchell: September 4, 2021 - January 17, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

December 2021

Asian Art Museum

Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky

After Hope: Videos of Resistance

Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang


Contemporary Jewish Museum

GOLEM: A Call to Action, through December 5

Experience Leonard Cohen: August 5, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Judy Chicago: Cohanim, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022

George Fok: Passing Through, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022

Hung Liu: Golden Gate, July 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo, December 18, 2021 - April 17, 2022


Legion of Honor

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, October 9, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa, through December 5

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara, through December 12

One Day at a Time: Susan O'Malley and Leah Rosenberg, through January 2

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Joan Mitchell: September 4, 2021 - January 17, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

Tauba Auerbah: S v Z, December 18, 2021 - May 1, 2022

January 2022

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Experience Leonard Cohen: August 5, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Judy Chicago: Cohanim, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022

George Fok: Passing Through, August 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022

Hung Liu: Golden Gate, July 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo, December 18, 2021 - April 17, 2022


Legion of Honor

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, October 9, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

One Day at a Time: Susan O'Malley and Leah Rosenberg, through January 2

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Joan Mitchell: September 4, 2021 - January 17, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

Tauba Auerbah: S v Z, December 18, 2021 - May 1, 2022

February 2022

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Experience Leonard Cohen: August 5, 2021 - February 13, 2022


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo, December 18, 2021 - April 17, 2022


Legion of Honor

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, October 9, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

Tauba Auerbah: S v Z, December 18, 2021 - May 1, 2022

March 2022

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo, December 18, 2021 - April 17, 2022

Alice Neel: People Come First, March 12, 2022 - July 10, 2022


Legion of Honor

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Art of California: Greater than the Sum, through March 6, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In, through March 27, 2022

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, October 2, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

Tauba Auerbah: S v Z, December 18, 2021 - May 1, 2022

April 2022

de Young Museum of Fine Art

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, October 23, 2021 - October 30, 2022

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, October 23, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo, December 18, 2021 - April 17, 2022

Alice Neel: People Come First, March 12, 2022 - July 10, 2022


Legion of Honor

Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain, October 30, 2021 - November 20, 2022

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy, April 16 - September 5


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through June 5, 2022

Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue, November 20, 2021 - August 21, 2022

Tauba Auerbah: S v Z, December 18, 2021 - May 1, 2022

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