During the construction of SFMOMA's expansion the museum is presenting a dynamic array of collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions; public art displays; and site-specific projects. SFMOMA is collaborating with seven Bay Area institutions to present major thematic exhibitions featuring works from SFMOMA’s collection, and highlights from the museum’s photography holdings are traveling to museums throughout California as part of an unprecedented statewide tour.
Last updated: Monday, February 23, 2015
On view at the Oakland Museum of California
Fertile Ground brings 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 present. 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 through today. 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, and Margaret Kilgallen, among others. The exhibition includes three new comissioned works from Chris Johanson, Alicia McCarthy, and Ruby Neri, who, in keeping with the spirit of the exhibition, invited collegues to exhibit work with them. Fertile Ground is curated by Drew Johnson, curator of photography and visual culture and René de Guzman, senior curator of art at OMCA, with Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, and Peter Samis, associate curator of interpretation, at SFMOMA.
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
Featuring approximately 45 artworks, Portraits and Other Likenesses will demonstrate how artists from the early 20th century to our own time have negotiated a vast array of European, African, and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait. On view in the newly renovated galleries at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Portraits and Other Likenesses will feature paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos from SFMOMA, many of them recently acquired and on view for the first time as part of the collection. The exhibition situates key historical artworks by Romare Bearden, Sargent Johnson, Seydou Keita, and Wifredo Lam in dialogue with recent works by living artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, Nick Cave, Mildred Howard, Glenn Ligon, Rodrigo Moya, Chris Ofili, Paula Santiago, Yinka Shonibare, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Fred Wilson, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others. Portraits and Other Likenesses is curated by Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, guest curator for MoAD and Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA.