San Francisco art and culture scene roars to life in 2022
Those seeking to immerse themselves in art and culture (at long last!) will find San Francisco a must-visit destination in 2022. The city boasts a full and exciting slate of exhibitions, performances, and events that are as varied as San Francisco’s spectacular topography.
Read on for the latest Arts & Culture News and ICYMI recaps, as well as visit San Francisco Travel’s Winter-Spring 2022 Arts and Culture Calendar featuring art exhibits, theater performances, music festivals and more.
ARTS & CULTURE NEWS
Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco (ICA SF) | Neighborhood: Dogpatch
San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) | Neighborhood: Civic Center
Succeeding Tomasson as artistic director at the end of 2022 will be Tamara Rojo. She will be SF Ballet’s first new artistic director in nearly four decades and the first woman to lead the internationally recognized company. Rojo comes to San Francisco from London’s English National Ballet (ENB), where she has served as artistic director and lead principal for nine and a half years, raising the company’s profile through excellence and innovation, garnering awards and accolades, and championing female choreographers.
The Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts | Neighborhood: Civic Center
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s new $200 million Bowes Center for Performing Arts fully opens on Feb. 12. The Bowes Center will feature hundreds of performances each year, 90% of which will be free to the public.
San Francisco Opera | Neighborhood: Civic Center
This September, the 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 centennial season opening weekend of Sept. 9 to 11 features an Opening Night Concert and the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra by John Adams and is followed by seven more mainstage operas, additional concerts, and community events through July 1, 2023. The centennial season opens on Sept. 9 with an Opening Night Concert followed by eight mainstage operas, additional concerts, and community events through July 1, 2023. For details, visit https://sfopera.com/opera-100/
Launching a new era for San Francisco Opera is Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim. In her first season as music director, which began with the return to live performances in the War Memorial Opera House last August, the 2022–23 season marks a return to full strength. Kim, who is both the first woman and Asian to hold the post of music director at a major opera company in the U.S., was recently named a New York Times 2021 Breakout Star.
The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) | Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
The Asian Art Museum unveiled its Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion in June 2021 with Continuity, an immersive digital marvel by teamLab, the international art collective based in Tokyo. 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 encompasses 14 movement-sensitive, luminous artworks that fill entire galleries and are hyper-responsive 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 | Neighborhood: Mission District
One of the Mission District’s newest murals, La Familia Santana, was unveiled last October and celebrates the Santana family’s legacy of incredible music. Located at the 24th Street BART plaza, the mural honors Santana family members 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 passed away in May 2020. The year-long mural project was painted by award-winning artist Mark Bode and developed and supervised by Lisa Brewer of Mission Art415, Dr. Annie Rodriquez, and Dr. Bernardo Gonzalez. For more information, visit https://missionart415sf.org/.
FOR-SITE Foundation | Exhibit location: Outer Richmond
Letterform Archive | Neighborhood: Dogpatch
Letterform Archive debuted the first exhibit in its new custom-designed gallery last November. The exhibit, Bauhaus Typography at 100, draws a throughline from the Bauhaus’s iconic style to the shape 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 exhibit runs through April 28. Find more information at https://letterformarchive.org/
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