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Lesser known art galleries in New York, San Francisco and Orlando?

My son Ben (who is 13) and I are going to be in San Francisco, New York and Orlando in June.  Ben is very artistic (pencil drawing, cartoons, graphic novels) and is very keen to visit art galleries, etc on our holiday.  We know the main art galleries in each city - but does anyone have recommendations for more out of the way ones?


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top answer by
Ellen from Dallas

Rockefeller Center houses one of the largest and most impressive Art Deco assemblages in the world - both outside and inside. Walking through the maze of buildings on the first floor, you'll see wall-size murals, sculpture, columns, architecture and more. You can also take the elevator up to Top of the Rockto get a 360-degree view of the city. Outside, you'll see more amazing architecture and water fountains and the famous plaza. It's a lifetime memory for sure! An outdoor cafe is open for the summer - it is over the ice rink used in the winter.

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  1. Rockefeller Center (attraction)
  2. Top of the Rock (attraction)
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answered by
Megan from Palo Alto

I am a big fan of emerging contemporary art and there are many intriguing galleries around the city not in Union Square (but a few who are). Don't miss Gallery Wendi Norris at 161 Jessie St just south of Market near Union Square; Catharine Clark Gallery 248 Utah St in Potrero Hill (and there is another great gallery above it) and in the outer Hayes Valley Rena Bransten Projects at 1639 Market (at Gought) and two blocks away the new Jules Maeght Gallery at 149 Gough.  Next door to Maeght Gallery is Rich Table (fabulous restaurant for dinner) and across the street is 20th Century Cafe - fabulous bakery and coffee stop.  Another of my favorites is in the Tenderloin, Silverman Galleryat 488 Ellis (at Leavenworth) who tends to have very edgy, interesting artworks. Caldwell Snyder Gallery on Sutter St has a great exhibit right now with Willi Siber, the sculptor. There are also numerous great galleries at 49 Geary St.  My favorite Nancy Toomey of Toomey Tourell Fine Arts is closing this month but there are many others on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors.  Fraenkel Gallery on the 4th floor has world class photography exhibits.  This art gallery building is a nice one-stop shop if you are short of time.  If you want to venture to Oakland, head straight to 23rd and Telegraph.  You can park on the street or take BART and walk.  There are numerous galleries right here.  My favorite is Johansson Projects at 23rd and Telegraph.  Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is on 23rd St around the corner.  Then walk to 25th Street and Telegraph and explore all the galleries on 25th st.  Vessel Gallery is the most sophisticated, but there are some great emerging artists in the warehouse group spaces up and down the street and on Saturdays there are bands and food there.

Best wishes to your artist son.  He will be inspired by the Bay Area Art Scene!

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  1. Gallery Wendi Norris (attraction)
  2. Union Square (attraction)
  3. Catharine Clark Gallery (attraction)
  4. Rena Bransten Projects (attraction)
  5. Jules Maeght Gallery (attraction)
  6. Rich Table (restaurant)
  7. 20th Century Cafe (restaurant)
  8. Silverman Gallery (attraction)
  9. Caldwell Snyder Gallery (attraction)
  10. Toomey Tourell Fine Arts (attraction)
  11. Fraenkel Gallery (attraction)
  12. Oakland (city)
  13. Johansson Projects (attraction)
  14. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (attraction)
  15. Vessel Gallery (attraction)
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answered by
Andy from San Francisco

While you're in San Francisco, you should hop over the bay bridge to check out some of the up and coming art galleries in Downtown Oakland . The best way to see the galleries is on a free public art walk organized by Oakland Art Murmur

Here is a page with the galleries and the times they are open to the public:

There's also a similar event for San Francisco called First Thursday Art. There is a high concentration of art galleries near Union Square

Another way to check out some great art is to go on a walking tour of street art in the Mission District Here is a walking tour I created for just such a purpose. 

Precita Eyes Muralists manages much of the street murals in the Mission. You can go there to find out more about their walking tours

Hope you and your son Ben can make it for some of these events!

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  1. Downtown Oakland (attraction)
  2. Union Square (attraction)
  3. Mission District (neighborhood)
  4. Precita Eyes Muralists (attraction)
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answered first by
Nars from Boston

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  1. David Zwirner Gallery (attraction)
  2. Agora Gallery (attraction)
  3. Jonathan LeVine Gallery (attraction)
  4. Hauser & Wirth (attraction)
  5. Pace Gallery (attraction)
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answered by
Tom from Brooklyn

Cotton Candy Machine

Also check out the Bushwick Collective all around Troutman and St Nicholas.

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answered by
Polly from Washington, DC

I would recommend the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators for any budding cartoonist or illustrator. They don't have June exhibits listed yet, but it's interesting to learn a bit of history about commercial art, which I feel kids learn less about than fine art.

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