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#CMyCalifornia: Eungie Joo

by C California Style

SFMOMA’s Eungie Joo shares her favorites

Eungie Joo. Photography by Heinz Peter Knes.

A discerning nomad with a Walter Hopps Award-winning perspective, Eungie Joo settled in the Mission District in 2017—by way of New York, Brazil, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and beyond—to become the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s first curator of contemporary art. In her new role, the doyenne will apply her worldly point of view to support both emerging and established talents of our time, and build the beloved institution’s programming and exhibits following its recent multimillion-dollar expansion. sfmoma.org.


“I could eat every meal at this restaurant.” 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323-645-7041; baroola.strikingly.com.

Moscone Center Garage

“This permanent installation by local artist Barry McGee is one of the beautiful sights on my way to pick up lunch.” 255 Third St., S.F.; viaartfund.org.

Berkeley Bowl Marketplace

“The clientele is racially, ethnically and economically diverse. It’s where I go to buy uni to make nori rolls.” 2020 Oregon St., Berkeley, 510-843-6929; 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-898-9555; berkeleybowl.com.

Moe’s Books

“I’ve shopped at Moe’s Books since 1991. It’s where I first came upon a copy of The Theater of Refusal, an exhibition catalog that changed my life.” 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2087; moesbooks.com.

Black China Bakery

“They make the greatest dense, moist chocolate cake. It’s so good, people don’t know it’s vegan.” 104 Bronson St., Santa Cruz, 831-457-2068; blackchinabakery.com.


“My first exhibition at SFMOMA features my favorite Paris-based California painter, Etel Adnan.” “New Work: Etel Adnan.” Through Jan. 6.  151 Third St., S.F., 415-357-4000; sfmoma.org.

Muir Beach

“At low tide, this is the best place to visit sea creatures.” Marin County.