SFMOMA has temporarily closed its building for expansion and is on the go, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area and beyond. Now through early 2016, when the expanded building opens, the musuem will co-organize major thematic exhibitions in collaboration with partner institutions, create temporary interventions into the area's urban fabric, and bring two photography exhibitions from its collection to communities throughout California. The museum’s collaborative partners will include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, National Parks Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Additional off-site programs are currently in development. More details will be announced as plans evolve.
Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
On view at Crissy Field, San Francisco
A major outdoor exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s iconic works is currently on view near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Eight large-scale steel sculptures are installed at Crissy Field, a former airfield and military base that is now one of the most visited national park sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Curated by SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field is the largest display of the artist’s work ever shown on the West Coast, and includes a recent sculpture that has never before been on public view. The exhibition takes place more than 70 years after di Suvero emigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco by boat—a journey that proved to be a lasting inspiration, as the scale and color of the Golden Gate Bridge, under which his family traveled as they entered the bay, have inspired di Suvero throughout his life. Presented by SFMOMA in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, this yearlong exhibition is free to the public and extends the programs celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.
On view at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
This jewel-sized exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from SFMOMA’s internationally acclaimed collection of work by Henri Matisse, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). Celebrating the Bay Area’s early and long-standing enthusiasm for the French artist, the exhibition traces four decades of the artist’s career, from a Cézanne-inspired still life and an academic nude from the turn of the last century to his richly patterned interiors from the 1920s and 1930s. Of special note are the vibrantly colored pictures from the artist’s fauvist period, from 1905 to 1908, when the artist first rose to prominence as a leader of modern French painting. Matisse from SFMOMA is organized by Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA, and Melissa Buron, curatorial assistant, FAMSF.
On view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Disrupting expected images of South Africa, the 25 contemporary artists and collectives featured in Public Intimacy eloquently explore the poetics and politics of the everyday. This collaboration with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents pictures from SFMOMA’s collection of South African photography alongside works in a broad range of media, including video, painting, sculpture, performance, and publications—most made in the last five years, and many on view for the first time on the West Coast. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change, vividly showing public life there in a more complex light. The exhibition focuses on artists’ explorations of questions of intimacy, gender, sexuality, and violence. Public Intimacy is co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, director of visual arts, at YBCA; and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, and Frank Smigiel, associate curator of public programs, at SFMOMA.
On view at the Asian Art Museum
Gorgeous will present key works from SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum in provocative and stimulating new contexts to chart the boundaries of beauty and examine one of its most extreme forms. The exhibition will encourage viewers not only to marvel at the works on view, but also to engage the question “What is gorgeous?” From luxurious ornamentation to austere simplicity, from kitsch to camp, gorgeousness is an evolving and dynamic concept that has taken various visual forms. Through two very different collections with very different histories, Gorgeous will inspire debate and discovery. Highlights include paintings, sculptures, and photographs from SFMOMA’s holdings by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen, and Pablo Picasso. Gorgeous is curated by Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art, and Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art and Director of the Research Institute for Asian Art, at the Asian Art Museum, in association with Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, at SFMOMA.
On view at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
SFMOMA’s New Work exhibition series reflects the museum’s strong commitment to contemporary art through focused presentations of innovative work by national and international artists. From its inception in 1987, New Work has provided a platform for artists to develop or premiere a new body of work or present existing work in a new context. Numerous artists—including Matthew Barney, Marilyn Minter, Kara Walker, and Christopher Wool, among many others—have received their first solo museum exhibition as part of the series, which has become a crucial link to the development of long-term relationships between SFMOMA and living artists. This New Work exhibition, a collaboration with the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts, is curated by Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, and Anthony Huberman, director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Please note that these dates are tentative. The exhibition will occur in fall 2014.
On view at the Bakersfield Museum of Art
September 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
On view at the Haggin Museum, Stockton
April 16, 2015 - June 14, 2015
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, Elsa Medina, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others.
On view at the Oakland Museum of California
Fertile Ground will bring together art and archival materials from the collections of SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) to present the stories of four creative communities active in Northern California between the 1930s and the early 2000s. Focusing on the local conditions that have allowed art to flourish, the exhibition will interweave the histories and friendships of artists, collectors, curators, and other individual and institutional collaborators, against a backdrop of transformative social change in California. The four featured communities will comprise: the circle of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in 1930s San Francisco; the California School of Fine Arts in the immediate postwar period; the studio art department at UC Davis in the 1970s; and the Mission scene during the first dot-com era. Artists in the exhibition include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and Margaret Kilgallen, among others. Fertile Ground is curated by Drew Johnson, curator of photography and visual culture at OMCA, with Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, at SFMOMA.
On view at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
October 12, 2014 - February 1, 2015
On view at the UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
March 28 - August 15, 2015
SFMOMA has been actively acquiring the work of internationally recognized artists including Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Shōmei Tōmatsu since the 1970s, assembling one of the world’s preeminent collections of Japanese photography. This exhibition begins with the avant-garde tradition that emerged in Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s and explores its influence on the diverse photographic practices that continue today. The tumultuous period following World War II provided fertile ground for a generation of Japanese photographers who responded to societal upheaval by creating a new visual language dubbed “Are, Bure, Boke”—rough, blurred, and out of focus. Named for the magazine Provoke, which sought to break the rules of traditional photography, this exhibition traces how Japanese photographers responded to their country's shifting social and political atmosphere.
Location to be announced
For the first time, all three parts of Doug Aitken’s Empire (2008–11)—the Los Angeles–based artist’s trilogy of video installations reflecting on migration, myths of the American West, and contemporary globalized existence—will be presented together and shown simultaneously. Migration (2008) takes the viewer on a journey across America, featuring indigenous animals and birds, such as a buffalo, a fox, and an owl, each filmed alone inside a series of hotel and motel rooms. Frontier (2009) starts and ends with American artist Ed Ruscha sitting in a cinema. In between, we see him wandering through urban wastelands and modern-day ruins in Rome, Los Angeles, Israel, and South Africa, evoking the panoramic vagaries of memory. An impressionistic sound collage adds to the sense of disjunctive hallucination. Black Mirror (2011) explores the story of a nomadic individual played by American actress Chloë Sevigny and is set in a modern wilderness constructed of calls, electronic messages, and virtual documents superimposed over the physical world. Shot on three continents, the digital film fuses the topographies of Hong Kong, Nicaragua, the American Southwest, and Greece into a seamless fictional landscape. Doug Aitken: Empire is organized by Rudolf Frieling, curator of media arts at SFMOMA, in close collaboration with the artist.
Please note that these dates are tentative. The exhibition will occur in spring 2015.