Big free weekend for SF museums 

With six of San Francisco’s leading museums offering free admission for all ages, art lovers will enjoy a good time this weekend. Sponsored by the popular retailer, the Target Arts and Wonder free family event also includes art-making activities for kids and family-friendly performances.

On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the “Fisher Collection: From Calder to Warhol” — showcasing Gap, Inc. owner Donald and Doris Fisher’s treasure trove of masterworks — as well as exhibits celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary. A weekend workshop offers visitors the opportunity to transform an everyday object into a giant work of art.

Craft-making activities for families are scheduled at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which is featuring “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy Woman),” an exhibit by the illustrator known for her New Yorker magazine covers and New York Times blogs.

The Museum of the African Diaspora offers tours of “African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals,” an exhibition of photographs by Bryan Wiley documenting sacred altar practices of African descendants in Brazil, Haiti and Cuba. Visitors also may create their own Haitian tooled metal sculptures.

At Zeum, families can enjoy the children’s museum’s regular multi-media activities including digital music, computer graphics, special effects and puppet shows. Kids can also sculpt, do a clay animation project or ride the carousel.

Adjacent to Zeum is the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which hosts a carnaval costume celebration and performances by Foga Na Roupa, Sambadá, Loco Bloco, Bahia Bahia, Chelle! and Friends, Pi Clowns and more on Sunday.

At the de Young Museum, a ballet performance at 7:15 p.m. Friday celebrates Impressionist painter Degas. An admission fee is required to view the “Birth of Impressionism” show of masterpieces from Paris, but visitors can view other exhibits, including “Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print,” for free.

Discounted tickets to the Asian Art Museum’s special exhibit “Shanghai” are available, but all other shows, including “Japan’s Early Ambassadors to San Francisco 1860-1927,” are free. On Saturday, a storytelling tour about Asian gods, goddesses, emperors and philosophers is offered.

Target Arts & Wonder free admission

Friday, 5 to 8:45 p.m.
De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St.
Zeum, 221 Fourth St.


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