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: Monday, May 18, 2015
On view at San Francisco Art Institute’s Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco
San Francisco Art Institute and SFMOMA jointly present an exhibition of a major work from the museum’s renowned media arts collection. Doug Hall’s large-scale video installation The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described (1987) combines industrial imagery with documentary scenes of nature in turmoil. Its three channels of video, displayed on six monitors and a projection, are accompanied by the sculptural presence of a functioning Tesla coil, two large steel chairs, and a tall steel-mesh barricade. Bringing together the immediacy of sculpture with powerful moving images, the installation is a pertinent reminder that we are all subject to the forces of nature and the impact of physical conditions. This collaborative presentation marks the first time The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described has been on view in the Bay Area since 1989, when it was shown at SFMOMA in its former location in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The exhibition is jointly curated by Hesse McGraw, vice president for exhibitions and public programs at SFAI, and Rudolf Frieling, curator of media arts at SFMOMA and visiting faculty at SFAI. Hall is professor emeritus at SFAI, where he taught from 1980 until 2008. His internationally acclaimed work spans performance, video, and photography.
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 will travel to two museums in France. 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.
Featuring approximately 100 photographs, this exhibition reveals a distinctively rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. The show begins with works from the medium's first artistic flowering in the wake of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and goes on to explore the explosion of the illustrated press at midcentury; the documentary investigations of cultural traditions and urban politics that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s; and more recent considerations of urban life and globalization. Photography in Mexico includes work by Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Graciela Iturbide, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others.
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.