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The Best San Francisco Exhibitions To See Before The End Of 2016

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Updated: 29 November 2016
It’s not too late to catch some of the most incredible exhibits that 2016 has to offer. Check out a selection of our top picks to check out in and around San Francisco before the onset of the new year, covering everything from Madeleine Albright’s pin collection to Jupiter’s moons.
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Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Visit the Legion of Honor, one of San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums, before January 29th to catch a glimpse of Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. This exhibit features a curated collection of over 200 pins and brooches that come from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright, who is most famously known for being the first ever woman to become the United States Secretary of State. These pins became ‘part of her personal diplomatic arsenal…delicate instruments with which she applied pressure during intense negotiations, and into which she invested humor as she represented the United States on the international stage.’ The pins show an eclectic and international variety, representing jewelry design throughout the centuries.

Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Root Connection: 20 Years of Patti Smith

On view through December 11th at the Mills College Art Museum is Root Connection: 20 Years of Patti Smith. This is an exhibition celebrating the life and works of Smith, through her poetry, music, photography, and other published works. The exhibition is being hosted at Mills College in Oakland, where a Patti Smith Collection is kept in the university’s Heller Rare Book Room. Root Connection offers visitors a taste of Smith’s lesser known work, showcasing rare and unique materials, some of which have never before been displayed in public. The memorabilia featured will include photographs, publications, recordings, and ephemera, curated to show the diverse range of artistic experimentation Smith is capable of.

Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA, USA

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Frank Stella’s Prints

Head over to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to get a glimpse of Frank Stella’s Prints, which will remain on display until June 25th, 2017. Known for his experimental prints, Stella’s 25 year career in the printmaking medium is curated here, including examples from the Anderson Collection of Graphic Arts as well as pieces loaned by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. The exhibition was established alongside the larger exhibition Frank Stella: A Retrospective, and includes a number of repeated pieces and pieces from larger projects.

de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tom Sachs Space Program: Europa

Tom Sachs Space Program: Europa will be on display at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts until January 15th. This is a sculpture exhibition, detailing Sachs’ artistic explorations into Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. The exhibit will fill the entire downstairs section of YBCA, featuring the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Excursion Module, and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments. There will also be live activations of the Europa flight plan on the first and last weekends of the exhibit.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting

If you are interested in the significance of female power in Hindu practices, head over to the Asian Art Museum to check out Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting. This exhibit will feature paintings exploring the various roles women take on in Hindu culture, focusing on women as devout worshipers, as goddesses and consorts to male gods, and as ascetics. There will also be nearby galleries featuring sculptural godesses.

Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, USA