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New Museum of the African Diaspora opens in San Francisco

Opening on December 3 in San Francisco’s SOMA district, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is dedicated to celebrating the universal connection of all people through a common association with Africa, the cradle of humankind. According to the museum's organizers, "Whether we live in India, Fiji, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, or the United States, everyone is part of the African Diaspora, literally the scattering of people from their homeland -- as Africa is the original birthplace of us all."

New de Young Museum opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

On October 15, the de Young Museum reopened in Golden Gate Park, in a landmark new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. With a groundbreaking design that dramatically integrates art, architecture, and nature, the new building presents the de Young's diverse collections -- encompassing American painting and decorative arts, and arts of the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and Africa -- in specially designed galleries that allow visitors to experience, under one roof, both the distinctions and the connections between the art of different cultures and eras.