Few cities can boast a similar concentration of world-renowned arts organizations, such a rich array of smaller arts organizations, or such a deep community of creative artists and performers as San Francisco – who contribute all to the unique character of the city.
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year of the tiger on parade | Location: Throughout the city
San Francisco Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA SF) | Neighbourhood: Dogpatch
San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) | Neighborhood: Civic Center
Tomasson’s successor as artistic director at the end of 2022 will be Tamara Rojo. She will be the first new artistic director of SF Ballet in nearly four decades and the first woman to lead the internationally acclaimed company. Rojo comes to San Francisco from London’s English National Ballet (ENB), where she served as Artistic Director and Principal Principal for nine and a half years, raising the company’s profile through excellence and innovation. , winning awards and accolades and championing female choreographers.
The Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts | Neighborhood: Civic Center
The new $200 million Bowes Center for Performing Arts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music opens February 12. The Bowes Center will present hundreds of performances each year, 90% of which will be free to the public.
San Francisco Opera | Neighborhood: Civic Center
In September, San Francisco Opera will kick off its Centennial Season honoring the company’s first 100 years while renewing its commitment to innovation. San Francisco Opera is only the third American opera company in history to reach this centennial milestone. The opening weekend of the centenary season from September 9 to 11 includes an opening concert and the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra and is followed by seven other main operas, additional concerts and community events until July 1, 2023. The centenary season opens September 9 with an opening concert followed by eight main operas, additional concerts and community events until July 1, 2023. For more details , visit https://sfopera.com/opera-100/
Caroline H. Hume’s musical director, Eun Sun Kim, ushers in a new era for San Francisco opera. For her first season as Music Director, which kicked off with the return of shows to the War Memorial Opera House last August, the 2022-23 season marks a strong comeback. Kim, who is both the first woman and the first Asian to serve as music director at a major opera company in the United States, was recently named the New York Times Breakout Star 2021.
The New Conservatory Theater Center (NCTC) | Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
The Asian Art Museum unveiled its Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion in June 2021 with Continuity, an immersive digital marvel from teamLab, the Tokyo-based international art collective. The new 8,500 square foot pavilion is the centerpiece of the museum’s five-year transformation project and San Francisco’s largest new art exhibition space. On view through February, Continuity features 14 motion-sensitive luminous artworks that fill entire galleries and are hyper-sensitive to human activity. The Asian Art Museum features the most comprehensive collection of Asian art outside of Asia. For more information, visit https://asianart.org/.
California Academy of Sciences | Location: Golden Gate Park
La Familia Santana Mural | Neighbourhood: Mission District
One of the Mission District’s newest murals, La Familia Santana, was unveiled last October and celebrates the incredible musical heritage of the Santana family. Located in the BART plaza at 24th Street, the mural pays tribute to members of the Santana family, Josefina and Jose; two of their sons, Carlos and Jorge; and one of the grandchildren, Salvador, son of Carlos. It is dedicated to Jorge, who died in May 2020. The year-long mural project was painted by award-winning artist Mark Bode and developed and overseen by Lisa Brewer of Mission Art415, Dr. Annie Rodriquez and Dr. Bernardo Gonzalez . For more information, visit https://missionart415sf.org/.
FOR-SITE Foundation | Venue: Outer Richmond
Archives of letters | Neighbourhood: Dogpatch
Letterform Archive launched the first exhibition in its new custom-designed gallery last November. The exhibition, Bauhaus Typography at 100, draws a line between the iconic Bauhaus style and the form of typography today and features more than 150 pieces from the archive’s permanent collection, including works by Johannes Itten , Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Joost Schmidt and Friedl Dicker. The exhibition runs until April 28. Find more information at https://letterformarchive.org/
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