San Francisco museums have been lucky to host and to curate world class art exhibits, but it’s not always possible to see every show that passes through. Luckily, San Francisco Public Library has been collecting the catalogs from these exhibits and they are available year-round. Below is a selective list of important exhibits that have originated in or travelled through San Francisco. There are many more in the collection. If you’d like to find others please search the catalog with the keyword search: "exhibition catalog and San Francisco." It is also possible to search for a particular museum or a specific show. Please come to the Art, Music and Recreation Center in the San Francisco Public Library and the knowledgeable and friendly librarians would be happy to assist you.
- Afghanistan : hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. Afghanistan: Catalog of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, 25 May-27 Sept. 2008; the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 24 Oct. 2008-25 Jan. 2009; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 22 Feb.-17 May 2009; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 23 June-20 Sept. 2009.
Masters of bamboo : artistic lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection. Catalog to accompany the exhibition held at the Asian Art Museum, Feb. 2-May 6, 2007
- The sculpture of Louise Nevelson : constructing a legend. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Jewish Museum, New York, May 5--September 16, 2007; and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young, October 27, 2007--January 13, 2008.