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San Francisco Museum Exhibits: Top Traveling Shows for 2021

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: July 1, 2021

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

July 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

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, through August 8


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 2022

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


Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II


Legion of Honor

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave, May 7 - August 29

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

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


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Close to Home, through September 5

New Work: Charles Gaines, through September 6

Off the Wall, through September 22

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

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August 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

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, through August 8


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 2022

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

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


Legion of Honor

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave, May 7 - August 29

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

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


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Close to Home, through September 5

New Work: Charles Gaines, through September 6

Off the Wall, through September 22

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

September 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


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 2022

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

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


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Close to Home, through September 5

New Work: Charles Gaines, through September 6

Off the Wall, through September 22

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

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


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 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


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 2, 2021 to February 13, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

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


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 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


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 2, 2021 to February 13, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

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


de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival, through February 26, 2023

To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, July 3, 2021 - June 26, 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 2, 2021 to February 13, 2022


Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Bay Area Walls

Contemporary Optics, through March 27, 2022

Nam June Paik

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