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San Francisco — By thesanfranciscoguide on November 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm

New Adventures at SFO!

The airport is usually a destination for dropping off a loved one, picking up a loved one, dropping off yourself, a place where you are frustrated and stuck or a place to go because you work there. There are a few exceptions, however. For example, when I was about seven, I would often beg my father to drive me to the San Francisco International Airport so that I could buy freeze-dried astronaut ice cream. There was about a month in which I was obsessed and was known to plead: “I’ll do anything! I love it so so so much! Puuleaseaaaa.”

Besides of these specific reasons for heading to the sprawling complexes that sit on the outskirts of cities around the word, airports in the Bay Area are becoming more and more well known as places to see some brilliantly curated artwork. Here in the Bay, we have straight-up awesome museums in our airports. This inclusion of visual creativity in the often-predictable environment demonstrates the central role that art plays in the city of San Francisco.

The San Francisco International Airport was one of the first airports to be included in the American Association of Museums. In 1980, the Airport Commission collaborated with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco to create a museum program. Up now and showing until April 2009 make sure to catch The Art of a City: The History of the San Francisco Arts Festival 1946–1986.

If you are stuck at the airport, or just wanting to see some great art, head south on BART and look at the airport with whole new eyes.


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