May at the Museums

Bay Area museums inspire this month with a wide variety of artists and collections on view. We've included SFMOMA's must-see major survey of Warhol's work on this list along with interesting exhibitions from the San Jose Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum. These are just a few offerings; be sure to check our comprehensive listing for more museum visit ideas.

“Queer California: Untold Stories” at the Oakland Museum


This exhibition reconsiders the dominant narratives about California’s queer histories in favor of lesser-known stories centered around queer identities, politics and resistance movements.  See details.

“Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


The last major survey in the United States of Andy Warhol’s work and influence took place in 1989, just two years after his sudden death. This major reconsideration of his work in nearly 30 years was organized by and originally shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art to rave reviews.  See details.


“Undersoul: Jay DeFeo” at San Jose Museum of Art


The little-considered photography of the inimitable Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo is central to this exhibition, organized in conjunction with The Jay DeFeo Foundation. The exhibit highlights DeFeo's prolific use of photographic practices as an under-examined but critical facet of her transmutative process.  See details.

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