SFMOMA announced today that when its new building opens to the public in 2016, the museum's free-admission policy will expand from visitors 12 and under to 18 and under. Designed to further remove financial barriers to attendance for teens, the initiative deepens SFMOMA's commitment to inspiring more young people through vibrant art experiences, and is intended to encourage repeat visits by local youth. The museum also announced today that all artists with works in SFMOMA's collection will now receive free lifetime membership benefits. From artists to teens, SFMOMA is ensuring access for more people to discover the new ideas and creativity that can be found through its doors.
SFMOMA today unveiled the Snøhetta-designed grand stair that will greet visitors in the museum's existing Haas Atrium and invite them into the heart of its new 235,000-square-foot building expansion, currently under construction and slated for completion in early 2016. Embracing architect Mario Botta's original atrium design, the new stair marries the visions of two great architects and will serve as a bridge between the existing and new parts of the building, integrating them into a seamless whole.
Marking a major collaboration between two leading U.S. museums, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the joint acquisition of South African artist William Kentridge's major multimedia installation The Refusal of Time (2012). Among Kentridge's most complex and ambitious work to date, the piece represents a key development in the artist's recent practice. When SFMOMA's expansion project is complete in 2016, The Refusal of Time will join an extensive body of works by Kentridge already in or promised to SFMOMA's collection, making San Francisco home to one of the best representations of the artist's mature work.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced the election of leading contemporary American artist Ed Ruscha to its Board of Trustees. Eight additional cultural and civic leaders have joined SFMOMA's Board over the past year and a half, including Alka Agrawal, Joachim Bechtle, Adam H. Clammer, Ann C. Fisher, Jonathan Gans, Christine E. Lamond, David Morin, and Daniel H. Rimer. Along with a shared dedication to art as collectors and enthusiasts, the new trustees widen the range of expertise on the board, and they join SFMOMA at a dynamic time as the museum begins construction on its major expansion project.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) may be on the go with off-site programming throughout the city while its building is closed for expansion, but the SFMOMA MuseumStore is staying in the same neighborhood, aiming to keep shoppers and a presence for the museum in the immediate area until SFMOMA’s new building opens in early 2016.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces the promotion of Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher from Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design to Department Head and Helen Hilton Raiser Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, effective immediately. Dunlop Fletcher joined SFMOMA as assistant curator in November 2007 and has been serving as acting department head since May 2011. She succeeds Henry Urbach, who was curator of the department from 2006 until his departure in 2011.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has named filmmaker George Lucas the recipient of its 2013 Bay Area Treasure Award. The annual lifetime achievement award, organized by the Modern Art Council (MAC), SFMOMA’s premier fund-raising auxiliary, recognizes artists and creative leaders in the region who continually redefine the field of visual art.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced further details of its approximately 235,000-square-foot building expansion. When the new museum opens in 2016, it will provide a greater art experience for visitors and support SFMOMA's increasing role in city life and the international art community, with more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible galleries to accommodate live performances and large-scale works of art, and field-leading contributions to global standards of energy efficiency for art museums.
NOTE: this installation has been extended through Jan. 20, 2014
From May 22, 2013, to May 26, 2014, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy presents a major outdoor exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s works near the Golden Gate Bridge: eight large-scale steel sculptures installed at historic Crissy Field, a former airfield and military base that is now one of the most-visited national park sites within the Golden Gate National Parks. Curated by SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field surveys five decades of the artist’s work, including a recent sculpture that has never before been on public view. The temporary exhibition is the largest display of di Suvero’s work ever shown on the West Coast, and is free for all visitors, extending the programs celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.
SFMOMA announced today promised gifts of 473 photographs from three separate collectors, adding significant new depth to the museum's holdings in 20th-century American and Japanese photography. A group of photographs by Diane Arbus from San Francisco collector and gallerist Jeffrey Fraenkel doubles SFMOMA's holdings of work by the artist and continues the museum’s dedication to collecting artists in depth. Two additional gifts—one from an anonymous donor, the other from the Kurenboh Collection in Tokyo—strengthen, in particular, the museum’s collection of works by Japanese photographers; the nearly 350 Japanese works included in these gifts cement SFMOMA’s standing as home to the largest collection of Japanese photography in the United States.
As part of the next phase of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s expansion project, the museum will go beyond its walls and directly into the community with extensive off-site programming while its building is temporarily closed for construction from the summer of 2013 to early 2016. SFMOMA will present a dynamic slate of jointly organized and traveling museum exhibitions, outdoor and site-specific installations, and newly created education programs that will unfold throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced today the acquisition of noted artist Robert Arneson's Portrait of George (Moscone), 1981, a large-scale commemorative bust of former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone that incited great controversy when first commissioned and unveiled by the city more than 30 years ago. One of the most powerful works of political art ever created in the Bay Area, Portrait of George (Moscone) represents an important moment in the city's cultural and social history and will go on view at SFMOMA on Friday, June 1, as part of an entire gallery devoted to Arneson's work.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced today the acquisition of Edward Hopper's Intermission (1963), among the artist's largest and most ambitious paintings, and one of the last significant Hopper works remaining in private hands. Intermission was acquired from Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, in part through gifts from the Fisher and Schwab families, and will immediately go on view to the public at SFMOMA on Friday, March 23.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced an increase in the scope of its expansion project, with nearly 80 percent of its capital campaign goal raised two years ahead of groundbreaking. New architects' sketches reveal innovative and audience-friendly design features.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today unveiled the preliminary design for its expansion that will double the museum’s exhibition and education space while enhancing the visitor experience and more deeply weaving the museum into the fabric of the city.