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Member for a Day – January 15, 2011

Member for a Day 2011

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Various locations, hours vary by location

On Saturday, January 15, 2011, eight San Francisco cultural institutions are teaming up to offer each other’s members reciprocal admission, tours, and discounts. Members can enjoy complimentary admission for two people per membership at any of the 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, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Please present your membership card and photo ID for admission at each institution.

Participating museums, hours, and programs for Member for a Day are:

Asian Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Museum of the African Diaspora

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SF Camerawork

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street (Civic Center)
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

On View

Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens

October 15, 2010–January 16, 2011

An ideal combination of function and beauty, Japanese folding screens, or byōbu (“wind wall”), have inspired generations of artists to create career-defining masterpieces; indeed, screens represent some of the highest accomplishments of Japanese painting. This exhibition showcases forty-one large scale examples from the esteemed collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and Saint Louis Art Museum, celebrating the full range of the format in various media including traditional paper and silk as well as stoneware and varnish. Artworks range in date from the late sixteenth century to daring works from the late twentieth century, demonstrating the longevity of this art form as well as its currency among modern-day artists.

Special Events

Sneak peek tours at 10:15 and 10:45 a.m.

Docent-led tours of special exhibition at 12 noon and 2p.m.

Surcharges may apply for special exhibits. Please note this is the day before closing weekend and galleries may be busy.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
415 CARTOON (227-8666) ext. 300
Fax 415 243-8666


On View
Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes
Few cartoons have been able to capture the attention of multiple generations like the Looney Tunes. This exhibition features over 60 pieces of original artwork featuring the world-famous Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and The Tasmanian Devil. Featured artists include famed Looney Tunes Director and Animator Robert McKimson, his brothers Charles and Tom McKimson, animator Sam Nicholson, renowned for his skill as a caricaturist, as well as legendary concept artist Maurice Noble.

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women
While the history of women in comics is well-documented, and the Jewish contribution to the art form widely acknowledged, this exhibit is the first museum exhibit to showcase the singular voices of female Jewish artists whose revealing diaristic and confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.  Some bare their bodies; some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires.

Drawn from The Economist: the Editorial Art of Kal
The Economist and the Cartoon Art Museum present a special limited-run exhibition featuring over 40 of Kal's favorite cartoons from his time with The Economist, during which he has published approximately 3,000 cartoons, including 120 covers. Kal has used his wit and his pen to expose political hypocrisy, illuminate crises in the environment and the economy, and deconstruct complex international events.

Special Offer
Members from participating museums will receive a 15 percent discount at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore.

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

On View

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey

Through March 13, 2011

Curious George, the monkey protagonist of many adventures, may never have seen the light of day if it were not for the determination of his creators, the illustrator H. A. Rey and his wife, author and artist Margret Rey. Days before the Nazis marched into Paris in June 1940, the Reys fled on bicycles, carrying drawings for their children’s stories including one about a mischievous monkey. Not only were they able to save the characters, but the Reys themselves were saved by their illustrations when authorities found them in their belongings, which may explain why saving the day after a narrow escape became the premise of most Curious George stories. The exhibition features nearly 80 original drawings of the beloved monkey and other characters, documentation related to the Reys’ escape, and more.

Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

Through March 29, 2011

Reclaimed commemorates a remarkable story of restitution and the extraordinary life and legacy of Jacques Goudstikker (1897–1940), a preeminent art dealer in Amsterdam. Goudstikker’s vast collection of Old Master paintings was almost lost forever to the Nazi practice of looting cultural properties. Explore the richness of this collection while learning about the plundering of the works and the efforts by Goudstikker’s family that led to the successful recovery of over 200 of the looted works.

Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations

Through March 22, 2011

A musical journey through a unique slice of recording history—the Black-Jewish musical encounter from the 1930s to the 1960s.

11:30 a.m. Museum Highlights
1:00 p.m. Architecture of the CJM
2:30 p.m. Exhibition tour:


Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off museum store purchases on January 15.

Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street
San Francisco
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

On View

Art/Object: Re-Contextualizing African Art

Through January 17, 2011

Art/Object: Re-Contextualizing African Art includes sculptures, masks, costumes, and objects of everyday use selected from private and public collections, and examines how they were originally used within African societies, often to mark important rituals and ceremonies. The exhibition includes films, videos, photographs and archival footage that deepen understanding of the context in which the objects were made and used, both as functional items and objects of beauty.  By refocusing on the people associated with the objects, i.e., the makers, users, and participants viewing them, the exhibition offers a more complex view and makes visible these displaced and absent elements.

Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition

January 28, 2011 – April 24, 2011

Curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Founder and Coordinator of The Women of Color Quilters Network, this exhibition unites two of the most well known and popular artistic forms in African American culture, jazz and quilts. The exhibition of 64 quilts includes work from some of America’s best known African American quilters, Michael Cummings, Edjohnetta Miller, Tina Brewer, and Jim Smoote as well as quilts by top Bay Area quilters, Marion Coleman and Alice M. Beasley.

Special Offer

Members of participating museums who purchase a MoAD membership on January 15 will receive an additional* 10 percent off all MoAD store purchases.

*MoAD membership already includes 10 percent off store purchases.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please visit www.mocfa.org for details of exhibitions on view.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St between Mission and Howard
11:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

On View

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Through January 30, 2011

Experience the first large-scale U.S. retrospective in more than three decades of one of the most accomplished and original figures in the history of photography.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870

Through April 17, 2011

More than two hundred pictures form a timely inquiry into how artists, journalists, governments, and everyday people alike have probed the camera’s powerful voyeuristic capacity.

How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now

Through April 17, 2011

The first exhibition of its kind, How Wine Became Modern looks at the contemporary culture of wine and the role architecture, design, and media have played in its transformation over the last three decades. Discover wine as you’ve never seen it before!

The More Things Change

Through October 16, 2011

The More Things Change draws from SFMOMA’s collection to present an extraordinary range of works made since 2000, offering a selective survey of the art of the last 10 years and a thematic and psychological portrait of the decade.


Docent-led tours at 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.

Special Offer

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off all purchases at the SFMOMA MuseumStore on January 15.

SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, second floor
Noon–5:00 p.m.

On View

As Yet Untitled: Artists & Writers in Collaboration
As Yet Untitled: Artists & Writers in Collaboration is an exhibition of newly commissioned work that explores the relationship between the photographic arts and writing. Conceived as an experiment in blurring the boundaries between the two mediums, this project-based exhibition presents new work by writers and artists selected for the diversity of their practices. The exhibition features new projects by Anne Colvin and Stuart Krimko; ColterJacobsen and Dodie Bellamy with Publication Studio; Nonsite Collective; Matt Lipps and Nona Caspers; RJ Muna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña with La Pocha Nostra; and David Horvitz with Zach Houston and Ed Steck.

The City Unfolded: First Exposures and 826 Valencia in Collaboration
January 6—April 23, 2011

The City Unfolded is a presentation of collaborative work by First Exposures and 826 Valencia students. During the spring of 2010, the students of First Exposures and 826 Valencia came together every Saturday to tell the real and imagined stories of San Francisco. The students formed 13 groups, and each group was asked to imaginatively interpret the City through words and photographs. Exploring ideas and neighborhoods, visions began forming of how they saw both themselves living within the city, and the city itself. During the summer, the students reconvened to edit their final projects for presentation in the public domain of bus shelters throughout San Francisco. This exhibition features several of the posters shown in bus shelters around the city during the month of September 2010, as well as additional work created during the process the students engaged in to complete this challenging project.

Special Offer

Members of participating museums will receive 10 percent off all book purchases.

Members of participating museums who join or renew an SF Camerawork membership on January 15 will receive an extra month of membership free.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
Noon–8:00 p.m.

On View

Audience as Subject Part 1: Medium is a two-part exhibition that reverses the role of the audience from that of spectator to subject, exposing the dramatic mechanisms underlying public gatherings of people. By focusing the viewer's attention on the characteristics and behaviors of individuals in a group environment the artists challenge our perceptions about participation in civic life.

Yoshua Okón's video installations are built on improvisational narratives created by the artist and his collaborators, mostly non-actors willing to participate in a game of social chance that may easily spiral out of control. Centered around emotionally charged expressions of power and contemplations of fear, death, sex and nationhood, these works provoke viewers to consider questions of social conduct and the behavior of individuals within systems of social restraint.

Nina Beier's work focuses on shared actions, experiences and histories that bind people together in close relationships, temporary groups or abstract communities. With the use of delicate materials, Lauren DiCioccio’s Remember the Times creates soft sculptures of objects disappearing from the everyday, for better or worse. Compiled by ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, the exhibit Volume 14: Middle East explores a region so culturally conflicted that the very term 'Middle East' is disputed as a holdover from colonialism. With perspectives from both inside and outside the region, this compilation includes documentaries, experimental live action and animation videos.

Special Events

YBCA will raffle off a free membership and performance or film tickets.

At 2pm, participate in Art Savvy, the world’s first application of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for adult museum audiences! Tour our galleries, refine your observational skills, and deepen your connection with contemporary art by examining the current exhibition with a VTS guide. Space is limited: to guarantee your spot, please RSVP to artsavvy@ybca.org.