While You're in Town, Part 1

San Francisco's Golden Gate is the Golden Ticket to the Art Scene

After a long day at Oracle OpenWorld 2009, take a break from the conference to explore a whole world of fine art and historic treasures that have made their way to San Francisco this fall. Some gems include:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the de Young Museum marks the return of our favorite pharaoh to San Francisco, 30 years after his original debut. The exhibition features 50 objects from the tomb of King Tut and an additional 80 objects from the tombs of his ancestors.

Wallworks at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (right next door to Moscone Center) features artists painting directly on gallery walls. Participating artists are Makoto Aida, Edgar Arceneaux, Chris Finley, Tillman Kaiser, Odili Donald Odita, Amanda Ross-Ho, Yehudit Sasportas, and Leslie Shows.

Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004 is on view at SFMOMA. Some of Avedon's best-known portraits--a young Bob Dylan standing in the rain, Marilyn Monroe caught in a vulnerable moment, Andy Warhol and his Factory cohorts--are among the nearly 200 photographs spanning the artist's entire career. SFMOMA is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which is the first major retrospective of the Avedon's work since his death in 2004.

For an insider's look at the local art scene, check out ArtSpan's San Francisco Open Studios. San Francisco's most exciting artists open their doors to the public and reveal their latest projects, how they work and what's for sale. The event takes place on weekends throughout the city.


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