The most famous of the San Francisco murals is at The Art Institute of San Francisco: "The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City." Commissioned by banker and philanthropist William Gerstle, this is one of four murals in the Bay Area painted by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The gallery is open daily from 8am-9pm and also features revolving art exhibits.
At SFAI art is more than objects and processes; it is also a way of thinking.
The School of Studio Practice consists of SFAI's departments of Design+Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Offering BFA, MFA, and Post-Baccalaureate programs, The School of Studio Practice is centered on the development of the artist's vision through studio-based experiments.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies, offers BA and MA programs in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Urban Studies, and Exhibition and Museum Studies. Supporting the role of research, The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is based on the premise that critical thinking and writing are essential for engaging contemporary art and global society.
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