The de Young Museum was founded in 1895 in idyllic Golden Gate Park. Along with the Legion of Honor, it is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, one of the largest art museums in the United States, and the largest in San Francisco. For over 100 years, both institutions have contributed vastly to the world-renowned San Francisco arts scene. In 2005, the de Young was given an extensive makeover, with a new building and grounds that ties architecture, art, and atmosphere into one breathtaking package.
Not surprisingly, the de Young Museum holds some stellar exhibitions. "Shaping Abstraction," through January 2015, focuses on works by early- to mid-20th century American abstractionists from Bay Area collections. For more local flavor and a dose of history, "The Bay Bridge: A Work In Progress, 1933-1936" features photographs of the namesake bridge’s original Depression-era construction, along with prints and drawings of artists working under the San Francisco Federal Art Project. Other unique upcoming exhibitions include Walasse Ting’s 1 Cent Life, a collaboration of poems and lithographs by 28 American and European artists. Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein, Karl Appel, and Andy Warhol are a few artists featured in Ting’s artist-illustrated book. Also new for February is "Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George," an exhibition showcasing the stark minimalist paintings of her Lake George period. Known as one of the most productive and stylistically restorative periods of her career, this collection is on view until mid-May. More information regarding ticketing, hours, exhibition dates, directions, and the like can be found at deyoung.famst.org.