SF Museum’s ‘Smoky’ Art Exhibition Leaves Residents Frustrated – NBC Bay Area



A museum’s art exhibition in San Francisco is receiving some mixed reaction from nearby residents.

People who were in the Golden Gate Park area Saturday evening might have seen a large smoke.

The smoke was actually from an art exhibition that happened right outside the de Young Museum.

The multi-colored show is by artist Judy Chicago and it’s called “Judy Chicago: A Retrospective.” Officials said the show was three years in the making.

They added that the exhibition was actually non-toxic vapor pigment, not smoke.

Some people who live near Golden Gate Park told NBC Bay Area Saturday that they didn’t know the performance art was happening and were shocked to see the smoke in the area.

San Francisco resident Vincent Staupe told NBC Bay Area that he lives about a 10 minute-walking distance from the de Young Museum.

When Staupe first walked outside, he thought the park was on fire, before he remembered the exhibition was happening.

“It was incredibly smoky for at least a half an hour,” he said. “I had to close all my windows. My air purifier symbol went red inside my apartment.”

Staupe took some pictures of the show seen from his apartment.

“It’s just too bad we didn’t get a notice from the museum that this was a possibility,” he said.

de Young Museum officials told NBC Bay Area Saturday that they sent out flyers to neighbors, letting them know the event was happening.

Officials added the event was free to the public and attracted about 4,000 visitors with another 2,500 people tuning into the livestream of the event.



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