San Francisco Galleries Migrate Toward New Hub After SFMOMA Closure

jack-fischer-galleryWith the temporary closure of SFMOMA for its massive renovation, San Francisco’s gallery scene is shifting away from its traditional downtown hub to the Potrero Hill neighborhood, which offers larger spaces in former manufacturing buildings and proximity to another major institution. Four recently relocated galleries are planning simultaneous fall season openings on September 7 in their new Potrero Hill digs.

Brian Gross Fine Art, Catharine Clark Gallery, Jack Fischer Gallery, and George Lawson Gallery have all recently moved to within a few steps of one another on Utah Street and Potrero Avenue, the San Francisco Business Times reports, just across the freeway from the California College of the Arts and its Wattis Institute.

The neighborhood is already home to Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Hosfelt Gallery, which moved in last year, the artist-run space Southern Exposure, and the local offices of Bonhams & Butterfields.

“The industrial buildings are a natural fit for galleries and arts institutions that value the setting for presenting and creating art,” Catharine Clark Gallery spokesperson Ariel Rosen told the Business Times. “With SFMOMA closing, the energy is moving elsewhere. And there’s already a vibrant design community here, so it’s a good place to be.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo courtesy Jack Fischer Gallery.)