Out & About, Museums, Walks, and Talks: September
Looking to learn something new? The Bay Area is rich with museums and places to explore, enhanced by walks and talks. Here are the listings from our latest issue, highlighting mostly Marin and the rest of the Bay Area too.
September 7, 14, 21, and 28
Chef Peter Hemsley developed his cooking chops at three-Michelin Quince and at Paris’s legendary L’Arpege. In his latest outing, Hemsley marries his passions for art and food at Palette, a year-long pop-up restaurant integrating Bay Area artisans and craftsmen in the dining room with shifting culinary themes each month. On Saturdays in September, Hemsley considers the idea of inception in his 8-course prix fixe menu. Dishes such as Writer’s Rice features Humboldt squid and squid ink risotto elevated by a bespoke dish that resembles crumpled paper (get it?). Let your mind go where it will for a dish called Air France.
Palette (San Francisco), 415.865.0529
Bay Area Discovery Museum
The interactive, STEM-focused, indoor-outdoor space encourages tots, toddlers and older children to play, learn and engage their senses and explore their world (Sausalito).
Regional history is depicted through the works of local and national artists in fine art, photography and contemporary art (Bolinas).
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
50 Faces Contemporary mosaic artwork from the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy allows young artists to redefine the age-old tradition of mosaic art with innovative methods and materials, September 21–November 10 (Novato).
The Museum of the American Indian
Thousands of Native American regional and cultural items are displayed, with a focus on Marin and Sonoma (Novato).
The Space Station Museum
This storefront museum houses one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space artifacts, including full-size replicas of a lunar module and lunar rover (Novato). 415.524.3940, thespacestationca.org
Asian Art Museum
Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan Together, the duo sought to understand the fragmented postwar world and the potential of art in reassembling it. These 80 works express their ongoing dialogue. September 27–December 8 (SF).
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison presents a collection of visual documents and archival photographs created by a volunteer professor for the Prison University Project in collaboration with incarcerated men, through November 17 (Berkeley).
California Academy of Sciences
Passport to the Universe
This new movie gives viewers an astronaut’s-eye view of our little corner of space, including new visualizations of the Orion Nebula derived from the Hubble Space Telescope (SF).
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Peanuts Goes to Camp
Relive summer adventures along with the gang, including the joys of sleeping in a tent, through November 18 (Santa Rosa).
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped
The first major museum survey of the work of Davis-based sculptor Annabeth Rosen, a pioneer in contemporary ceramics whose works are often described as theatrical, through January 19, 2020 (SF).
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin
The renowned tattoo artist gets his first museum retrospective, through October 6 (SF).
Viola Frey: Center Stage
Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).
This public learning laboratory offers inquiry-based experiences and a chance to explore the world through science, art and human experience (SF).
Legion of Honor
Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book
A look at a movement launched in 1916 by poets and artists to skewer the societal norms deemed responsible for the horrors of World War I, through November 10 (SF).
Museum of the African Diaspora
This contemporary art museum inspires cultural learning and exploration through the wide lens of the African diaspora (SF).
Museum of Craft and Design
Dead Nuts: A Search for the Ultimate Machined Object
What started as a question on an online forum — What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism? — evolved into a crowdsourced list of favorites that inspire these makers, through December 1 (SF).
SFMOMA Far Out: Suits, Habs and Labs for Outer Space
This exhibit examines how both applied and theoretical design can advance new models for life beyond Earth, with real and conceptual ideas for space suits, habitats and laboratories and a selection of films and visual art, through January 20, 2020 (SF).
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Bingo: The Life and Art of Bernice Bing
The San Francisco native reclaims the style of abstract expressionism and redefines its ties to non-Western philosophies. September 21–January 5, 2020 (Sonoma).
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World
Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through January 6, 2020 (SF).
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that support societal movement are the emphasis of this cultural institution (SF). 415.978.2787, ybca.org