We doubt that there is anyone who is not aware that April 18 is the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
It's probably unlikely that we'll actually get up in time for the 5:12 am ceremony at Lotta's Fountain, but we're planning to at least visit the following exhibits, and then go do something old school, either have an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista or a drink at the Top of the Mark, and appreciate the fact that we live here. And that our house doesn't look like the one in the above photo.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures
Through Tuesday, May 30
1906 Earthquake explores a variety of photographic responses to the disaster, with professional views of the destroyed city, such as spectacular panoramas by Pillsbury Picture Company and glass lantern slides by Arnold Genthe, alongside amateur snapshots, albums, and cyanotypes on fabric.
Legion of Honor
34th Avenue & Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Through Sunday, June 4
Arizona-based photographer Mark Klett spent two years assembling 1906 photographs from the Legion of Honor's Genthe archive, the Bancroft Library, and various web-based archives. This exhibition features over 50 of Klett's paired photographs depicting the city then and now, each showing that the two spaces and times are related.
Image: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress