The Museo Italo Americano

Activities: Concerts: Education Programs; ItaloAmericano. San Francisco, California.

Films: Lectures.

Publications: brochures; exhibition catalogues: newsletter (bi monthly).

The Museo ItaloAmericano is dedicated to the exhibition of works by Italian and Italian-American artists and to the documentation of the Italian experience in this country through objects and photographs. It presents both thematic and solo temporary exhibitions. It also sponsors an annual “Mostra” competition, a group show demonstrating the talents of both local and national Italian-American artists. The Museo maintains a small permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs. and works on paper by prominent Italian and Italian-American artists. Included are works by painters Giuseppe Cadenasso, Sandro Chia. Francesco Clemente, Rinaldo Cuneo, Rico Lebrun, Nino Longobardi. Luigi Lucioni. Tom Marioni, Mimmo Paladino, Gottardo Piazzoni, Emilio Tadini, and Guiseppe Zigaina, and sculptors David Bottini, Arnoldo Pomodoro, and Italo Scanga. The Museo also has holdings of works by Bay Area artists Veronica Di Rosa, Tony Ligamari, Sam Provenzano, Maria Olivieri Quinn, and Bruno Rigacci.

The Museo Italo Americano Photo Gallery

Museum of Craft & Folk Art

Shop (ethnic art and contemporary crafts).

Activities: Films; Guided Tours; Lectures; Temporary/Traveling Exhibitions (6-10/year); Workshops.

Publications: exhibition catalogues; journal, “A REPORT” (quarterly).

The Museum of Craft & Folk Art fosters an appreciation of the artistic qualities of contemporary craft and recognition of the vigor and richness of folk art from diverse cultures, through exhibitions, educational programs, publications and a research library. The Museum’s exhibitions of contemporary fine craft display the work of skilled artists using glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, and metal. Exhibitions of traditional ethnic art explore the heritage of tribal cultures from around the world. American folk art exhibitions focus on the work of contemporary untrained artists, or “outsider art”. Lectures and demonstrations for the public accompany exhibitions. The Museum does not maintain a permanent collection.

San Francisco Art Institute Galleries

Facilities: Auditorium (250 seats); Gallery; Library (27,000 volumes).

Activities: Performances; Temporary Exhibitions.

Publications: exhibition catalogues.

The Walter/McBean Gallery features temporary exhibitions. Project Space, upstairs at Walter/McBean, features small-scale solo exhibitions of new work primarily by California artists who are at the edge of artistic invention. Student work is exhibited weekly in the Diego Rivera Gallery with a reception on every Thursday evening, 5:30pm-7:30pm. One of Diego Riveras first fresco commissions outside of Mexico, “The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City” (1930), is at the Institute.

Shiang-shin Yeh, Set of Structural Bowls, 1995, 12 x 12 x 5 inches (larger bowl), from “MetalSpeaks: The Unexpected” exhibition. 1997 at San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum. Photograph courtesy of San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, California.

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