At a Topping Out ceremony on Wednesday, September 10, SFMOMA drew a crowd of some 1,000 supporters to celebrate the raising of the steel beam that brought the structure of the museum’s 235,000-square-foot Snøhetta-designed building expansion to its highest point. Held in Jessie Square—an outdoor plaza in the heart of the museum’s South of Market surroundings—the free, public event gathered museum and community leaders, friends, and neighbors to view the beam as it was hoisted into place on the 10-story addition that’s been rising up behind SFMOMA’s current building since the museum broke ground on the project more than a year ago.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced today the creation of the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography, which will be the largest exhibition space for photography and among the most advanced photographic arts centers of any art museum in the United States. Funded by a lead gift from the Pritzkers and generous gifts from four additional benefactors, the more than 15,500-square-foot center will extend the museum’s deep history of groundbreaking engagement with photography and support its work in illuminating the medium as it evolves into the 21st century.
In conjunction with the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (opening February 21 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [YBCA]), SFMOMA presents Live Projects 4, a series of performances, public conversations, and creative encounters that weave the work of South African contemporary artists into San Francisco’s urban structure. Unfolding at various locations—from YBCA's galleries to the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District—Live Projects 4 explores the unexpected intersections of art, activism, and the everyday.
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) 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.
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.
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.