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January 20, 2016

Arts & Culture Events in Yerba Buena and SOMA

San Francisco's South of Market district boasts many museums, public art and interactive light installations all witihn two blocks.

Who Among Us ...The Art of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
When: Through April 3, 2016
Where: Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission Street   
Hours: Monday – Tuesday, Closed; Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
What: Interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle presents her work as a tool to undo the imaginings placed onto the colonized body and its movements throughout space and time. Hinkle’s work remixes and re-imagines these perceptions and seeks to invent new possibilities of engaging visually with the black female body respectively. Concerned with the historical present, Hinkle’s research based practice is a collision of mediums. This exhibition features works from three projects that Hinkle has worked on concurrently for the past six years. 
Neighborhood: South of Market 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Robot Coding
When: Ongoing
Where: Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth Street 
Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
What: Introduce your child to computer coding in a new exhibit that offers drop-in workshops that teaches an introduction to coding for children ages five plus in a fun and hands-on way. Activities, such as charting obstacle courses for robots using simple commands, promote creative problem ­solving in novice programmers. More experienced child coders can program robots to respond to sensor input and use loops to avoid obstacles. Grown­-ups are expected to learn a thing or two as well!
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Kevin Cooley: Golden Prospects
When: Through April 3, 2016   
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), 701 Mission Street  
Hours: Wednesday, 12 - 6 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 - 6 p.m.; First Tuesday of the month: 12 - 8 p.m. (free admission); Closed Mondays and major holidays. 
What: Artist Kevin Cooley takes the recent disaster at the Animas River as his starting point. Using video of the contaminated river and rocks taken from near the site, he blurs the lines between the natural and the environmentally harmful. Like the mountain landscape that was forever altered by mining, YBCA's unique Terrace Landing space will be physically interrupted by a multi-screen video installation, as the water moves from monitor to monitor, metaphorically downstream and into the water supply for millions of people across the West.
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
When: Through May 1, 2016  
Where: California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street 
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
What: In the summer of 1966, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) and his wife, dance pioneer Anna Halprin (born 1920), began a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in northern California that offered a new approach to environmental awareness. Drawn from architecture, ecology, music, cinematography, graphics, choreography and lighting, Experiments in Environment brought together artists, dancers, architects, and environmental designers in avant-garde environmental arts experiences. 
Neighborhood: South of Market
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Chasing Justice
When: Through Feb. 21, 2016
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street   
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday: closed; Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
What: This exhibition is inspired by the biblical exhortation of Deuteronomy 16:20 to “pursue justice.” Three artists have produced bodies of work exploring different approaches to this Jewish commitment that have resulted in engagement with the government. Arnold Mesches has created a large suite of collaged paintings inspired by and incorporating excerpts of his FBI files that he received using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Johanna Barron also used the FOIA to obtain images of the abstract paintings on display in the hallways of the CIA. Robbin Henderson has made a suite of drawings based on the memoir of her grandmother, a Jewish immigrant from Russia who became the leader of the first strike in Detroit against the auto industry and was arrested at the time.
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

SFMOMA Museum Store
When: Ongoing
Where: SFMOMA Museum Store, 51 Yerba Buena Lane
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
What: While the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is closed for expansion (the new SFMOMA opens Saturday, May 14, 2016), visit the SFMOMA Museum Store and take home treasures that support the Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and educational programming. 
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

San Francisco's Center for the Book
When: Ongoing
Where: San Francisco’s Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What: San Francisco Center for the Book has mounted more than 80 book arts related exhibitions since its inception in 1996, ranging from private collections and group works, to individual retrospectives featuring local, national and international book artists. The exhibition space is adjacent to the print, bindery, and arts and crafts studios, creating the perfect environment for visitors to see works in progress as well as fully realized art work.
Neighborhood: South of Market
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Trust Memory Over History
Through March 5, 2016
Where: Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
What: With Trust Memory Over History, Firelei Báez investigates socio-political movements of black resistance across the global diaspora. By illuminating underlying links between seemingly disparate experiences, Báez traces shared iconographic systems of rebellion, ranging from the Latin American azabache, to female resistance in 18th-century Louisiana, to 19th-century socialism, through to the 1960s civil rights movement in the United States. On view will be paintings and drawings made this year, including select works from the artist’s recent solo exhibition at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in addition to new works from her ongoing series of portraits. 
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Alex Couwenberg
When: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Where: Andrea Schwartz Gallery, 545 Fourth Street 
Hours: 5 - 8 pm.  
What: Los Angeles-based artist Alex Couwenberg investigates the homegrown aesthetics of Southern Californian culture. His paintings diagram an interpretation of So-Cal influences that manifest in the form of layered shapes, colors, textures, and spaces. 
Neighborhood: South of Market
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

SFADA First Thursday Art
When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Where: Various Locations
Hours: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA) invites visitors to join them for “First Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30 p.m. or later.  
Neighborhood: Various
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Free Walking Tours of San Francisco
When: Daily
Where: San Francisco City Guide Tours, Various Locations  
Hours: Vary by tour
What: San Francisco City Guides are made up of local volunteers who love the city, its history, lore and legends...and they are ready to share it all with you. These free (donations welcome), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of eight or more (except with prior reservation).
Neighborhood: Various 
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

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