Throughout the Bay Area and beyond, SFMOMA is On the Go. During the construction of SFMOMA's expanded building, the museum is presenting a slate of jointly organized and traveling museum exhibitions, outdoor and site-specific installations, and newly created education initiatives. Additionally, as part of an unprecedented statewide tour, highlights from the museum's photography holdings are traveling to museums throughout California.
Last updated: Friday, September 4, 2015
On view at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Organized in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), this exhibition explores how portraiture has evolved from a form of personal identification to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and fantasy as it is in the description of physical traits. Featuring more than fifty artworks ranging in date from the early 1930s to our own time, Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA demonstrates how artists interested in issues of identity have negotiated a vast array of European, African, and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait. The carefully selected artworks—many exhibited for the first time as part of SFMOMA’s collection—encompass paintings, sculptures, photography, media art, and installation, including key pieces by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Wifredo Lam, Glenn Ligon, Consuelo Kanaga, Nicole Miller, Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Fred Wilson, among others.
On view at the Grand Palais, Paris
April 8–June 22, 2015
On view at the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence
July 11–October 18, 2015
Iconic postwar American art from the SFMOMA and Doris and Donald Fisher collections traveled to the Grand Palais in Paris from April 8 to June 22, 2015, and is currently on view at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence through October 18, 2015. American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection (Icônes Américaines: Chefs-d’oeuvre du SFMOMA et de la collection Fisher) features masterworks by Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, and Andy Warhol, among others, assembling approximately 50 paintings and sculptures by 14 leading American artists. The exhibition includes landmark works that will join the SFMOMA collection as a result of an unprecedented partnership forged between the museum and Doris and Donald Fisher. Curated by Gary Garrels, SFMOMA senior curator of painting and sculpture, American Icons offers a preview of the quality and depth of the combined holdings from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection that the museum will present upon its reopening in 2016.
On view at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Fort Mason Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will co-present Janet Cardiff's sound installation, The Forty Part Motet, for its California debut at Fort Mason Center. Previously exhibited at The Cloisters and MoMA PS1 in New York City, the High Museum in Atlanta, as well as significant venues throughout the world, this installation will be the inaugural exhibition held in Gallery 308, a newly renovated historic space at Fort Mason Center. Considered Cardiff's masterwork, The Forty Part Motet is a reworking of Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui by English composer Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505–1585) in a 40-part choral performance. Individually recorded parts play back through 40 speakers arranged in an oval formation, enabling visitors to walk throughout the installation, listening to individual voices, as well as the combined symphony of sounds that together create a fully immersive experience. On loan from local collectors Pamela and Richard Kramlich's world-renowned holdings of video and media art, the installation's 14-minute loop includes 11 minutes of singing and three minutes of intermission.