A Moody September at the Museums

Among the many interesting exhibitions this fall at San Francisco museums, these three cover heavy topics: Hell, Heaven and Politics.

A Guided Tour of Hell at Asian Art Museum through September 16


"A Guided Tour of Hell" has everything: A suicide bomber, a murderous warlord, a self-absorbed socialite, a scientist who invents a doomsday bomb-all contained within more than 20 paintings by Tibetan American artist Pema Namdol Thaye, based on the visions of dramatic suffering detailed by Buddhist teacher Sam Bercholz.  See details.

Nothing Stable Under Heaven at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through September 16


This exhibition reflects on our contested past, turbulent present and unpredictable future, examining how individual and collective voices can be heard in an uncertain world.  See more.


Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda at the deYoung through October 7


This exhibition draws from the de Young’s vast collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to present WW I and II propaganda posters as the show considers public messaging, from leaflet air drops to viral tweets.  Learn more.

See more ongoing and upcoming museum exhibits.