Best Museum Sideshow - 2013
Cartoon Art Museum
Most San Francisco museums are big on heart and low on funds, such as the Cartoon Art Museum, which has absolutely no collections budget. On any given day, sole curator Andrew Farago can be seen managing the archives, planning shows, hosting readings, painting the exhibition halls, building cases, and mounting art. He might even be found manning the register at the museum's excellent, large bookstore. And yet, despite being spread so thin, it remains the preeminent cartoon museum in the country. When cartoonists visit the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, they do so not because they have to, but because it serves as a kind of occupational clubhouse. Against all odds, the museum's exhibitions are on constant rotation, and they delight novice and expert alike.