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Fred Harvey and the Making of the American West

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015

In the late 19th century, Fred Harvey, a freight agent for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, opened a chain of restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality businesses along the routes of the new railroads throughout the American West. Credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the United States, Harvey became one of the primary promoters of western tourism. This exhibit...

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Tower Tours’ Holiday Evening Tour

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014

Join Tower Tours on a festive holiday lights journey through the twinkling neighborhoods of the City by the Bay. Hop aboard an enclosed luxury coach with warmth and style and be delighted by some of the most glittering holiday displays in San Francisco. The three-hour journey begins at 6 p.m. at Ghirardelli Square and includes Cow Hollow, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, Union...

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The Yellowstone Suite: Thomas Moran’s Vision of the West

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015

Inspired by the magnificent otherworldly landscape he encountered while on the Hayden Survey expedition of 1871, painter Thomas Moran created a suite of paintings that captured the rugged rawness and majestic grandeur of Yellowstone. Those paintings helped convince Congress to pass the Yellowstone National Park Bill, which established the country’s first national park in 1872. This...

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Winter Walk SF: Open Plaza & Spectacular New Holiday Light Art Show

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015

Team are creating an inviting, open plaza on Stockton Street. between Geary and Ellis streets to celebrate the holidays in a with a stunning light art show by Immersive SF, regular live performances, food trucks and other holiday merriment. Visitors will find an inviting, open space and daily events and celebrations. Glowing seating, artificial turf and warm lighting will create a welcoming...

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Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

Dec 21, 2014 - Feb 8, 2015

Before the recent energy boom in the northern Great Plains, the story wasn’t shale oil profits and rocketing housing prices but abandoned towns and farms, and the resilience of locals who stuck it out in the harsh terrain and difficult climate. Completed about 10 years before drilling of the Bakken shale brought historic changes to the region’s economy, Mary Lucier’s video...

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Civic Center’s Holiday Lights & Fanfare

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

The Civic Center Community Benefit District is bringing holiday cheer to the neighborhood by presenting its inaugural musical event - “Holiday Lights and Fanfare.”

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Nutcracker Under the Dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Free light spectaculars nightly, every half hour from 5 p.m. until the mall closes. Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic dome comes to life each evening with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular. This holiday season, San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is the inspiration for this extraordinary visual experience crafted by local technology innovators, Obscura Digital.

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Looking at Taos Pueblo: Albert Martinez, Juan Mirabal and Albert Lujan

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015

Featuring a selection of 42 recently donated paintings by three artists who were the foremost Taos Pueblo artists to have worked in the early to mid-20th century, this exhibition looks at the Taos Pueblo community during all seasons and times of day through the work of Albert Martinez, Juan Mirabal, and Albert Lujan. Martinez (Looking Elk) began painting in 1917 under the tutelage of Taos...

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Late Harvest

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015

Historically significant wildlife paintings are juxtaposed with contemporary art made with taxidermy. The result is a stunning play of aesthetic contrasts and visual contradictions that explore and undercut preconceptions about the place of animals within the continuum of art history. Works include pieces by Ray Harris Ching, Richard Friese, Damien Hirst, Robert Kuhn, and Polly Morgan.

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Holiday Look Book Exhibition

Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

The Holiday Look Book Exhibition is hanging now through January 3 at Altamira Fine Art Jackson. Join us for a festive reception on Thursday, December 18 from 5-8pm during the Holiday ArtWalk.

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