1:AM, short for First Amendment Gallery, showcases the work of renowned local and international street and urban artists in month-long exhibitions while recruiting and building up the next generation of producers by running youth-oriented mural workshops and classes on graffiti lettering and making vinyl toys like those created by hip hop artists, fashion designers, and illustrators that depict figures from Asian and American pop culture. And, if that’s not enough, 1:AM offers private workshops for your next work retreat - “to boost the morale of your employees and promote team-building.”
After a year and a half, the Alphonse Berber Gallery closed its Berkeley storefront and merged with its Union Square location. Single artist exhibitions shown there feature a wide range of mediums - including light displays, sculpture, and print. The split-level space is available to rent and the venue offers catering services for events.
This spacious gallery, once an industrial warehouse, now boasts a stage for performances, two sculpted copper and steel bars for mixers, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary art showcasing local and international artists, world class DJs, and film screenings.
Shows usually cost $5 at this all-ages warehouse/gallery near the 16th St. Mission BART in SF, and the money often goes to benefit some worthy activist cause. Balazo 18 features a variety of punk, avant-garde, and underground acts, plus contemporary paintings by Dylan Anderson and Andres Cisneros. Spare, with a new floor, two couches, and a few crouching spaces to escape all the moshpit upheaval, this venue is relatively clean except for the pervasive smell of what appears to be eau de three-day-old corpse.
Established in 1997, this Tenderloin-district venue is the political and cultural epicenter of Filipino arts in San Francisco and, arguably, the country. In addition to hosting theater performances, workshops, and childrens programs, it also features occasional music shows, usually indie-rock and hip-hop bands that appeal to conscious, arts-oriented youth. But be prepared to climb several flights of stairs to see them in a small room where kids sit on the floor between bands. A word of warning: Theres no bathroom.
CounterPULSE is a non-profit theater, performance space, community center and gallery. The versatile SOMA space focuses on supporting local artists, featuring various performances and art pieces by Bay Area habitants.
This spacious shopping center located in the Financial Center has everything from shopping to dining, with plenty of art displays sprinkled into the mix.
This San Francisco gallery focuses on etchings, woodcuts and printmaking.
Open since 1970, Galeria de la Raza aspires to create a sense of community amongst artists and onlookers. The gallery features various pieces of work by Latino and Chicano artists, creating a diverse setting for newcomers and art aficionados alike.
This gallery displays 20th century American, focusing in on various movements of the past century including the Ashcan, Regionalist, Modernist, and Social Realist schools. The focus on these specific periods creates a stimulatuing environment, one where viewers look past the art and into the varying philosophies of the artists.
Hosted by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, the Gray Area Gallery specializes in featuring digital art. The result is a combination of science, technology and creativity, providing a progressive experience for viewers.
More than just an arts facility, San Francisco's newly constructed Jazz Heritage Center is the only permanent cultural and educational complex dedicated to jazz music's storied history in San Francisco, and specifically the Fillmore district. The 6,000 square-foot center is part museum, part cultural center, and part art gallery: all jazz, all the time, right in the center of San Francisco's historic jazz district.