Art galleries are a nice alternative to the museums. So often I’ve been disappointed not in a museum’s exhibits but in how crowded they get (great art brings crowds). Tough to view and enjoy the art when there’s a crowd. Of course the museum could sell less tickets (ha!), but the art galleries are just as interesting but smaller, free and often not as crowded.
“First Thursday” is when a number of SF galleries stay open later for the public 5:30-7:30, the first thursday of the month. 49 Geary St. is where well-known galleries like Fraenkel, Haines, Koch, Wiriz, and many more are located. However, I find gallery art is edgier, controversial, maddening, etc. but hardly mundane. Guaranteed to start spirited discussions. If we started at 5:30 we still couldn’t see all the art in the building, so I would make a selection and also take suggestions on where to go in 2.0 hrs. [However, 2 hrs. is a long time, 90 min is more realistic; will be at the pizzeria at 7:00, but others can show later.] My interests tend towards photography and abstract art but in general “good and interesting” and avoid “trendy”. Afterwards, we'll have a social hour at a nearby bar/dining establishment to discuss arty matters. What say you? Will you join me?