Adobe Books Backroom

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Adobe Books Backroom Gallery opened in 2001 in a rear space inside Adobe Books (founded 1989) and has since become an important crucible for emerging artists in San Francisco. Originally at the long time home of Adobe Books on 16th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, the gallery has moved with the store to 3130 24th St. The Backroom’s mission is to be an alternative space where artists can make momentous decisions in their practice and experiment freely in the company of their peers.

The Backroom Gallery is affiliated with the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative group that runs the bookstore. The Exhibitions Committee of Adobe Books works diligently to continue and evolve the tradition of The Backroom Gallery.

In 2013, when Adobe Books faced eviction from its original location on 16th Street, community members organized support and funding to restructure the bookstore to form the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative of which the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery remains as a key feature.


2001-2014: 3166 16th Street, San Francisco 2014-present: 3130 24th St, San Francisco

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(415) 864-3936


Adobe Books- Andrew McKinley

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This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.