As part of the next phase of its expansion project, SFMOMA has temporarily closed its building for construction and is on the go, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area and beyond from June 2013 to early 2016. During this two-and-a-half-year period, SFMOMA's off-site projects will include jointly organized exhibitions on view at partner museum venues; outdoor and site-specific installations; a statewide tour of traveling photography shows; newly created education initiatives, and more. Additional off-site programs are currently in development; as plans evolve, more details will be announced.
Last updated: Friday, March 7, 2014
On view at Crissy Field, San Francisco
A major outdoor exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s iconic works will be on view near the Golden Gate Bridge. Eight large-scale steel sculptures will be 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 Parks. Curated by SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field will be the largest display of the artist’s work ever shown on the West Coast, including a recent sculpture that has never before been on public view. The exhibition coincides with di Suvero’s 80th birthday, taking place more than 70 years after he emigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco—a journey that proved to be a lasting inspiration as the scale and color of the Bridge have inspired di Suvero throughout his life. Presented by SFMOMA in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the yearlong exhibition will be free to the public and extend 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 the work of Henri Matisse, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Celebrating the Bay Area's early and long-standing enthusiasm for the French artist, the exhibition traces four decades of Matisse's career, from a Cézanne-inspired still life 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 Fauve period, from 1905 to 1908, when Matisse first rose to prominence as a leader of modern French painting.
On view at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Art in the first half of the 20th century is often discussed as a tension between the utopian, impersonal world of the machine and the uncontrollable realm of the human psyche. A closer look at work by some of the era’s European and American artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Constantin Brancusi, Giorgio di Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Germaine Krull, Fernand Léger, and Man Ray, suggests a synthesizing of these two polarities—flesh and metal, body and machine. This show of over 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and illustrated books considers how artists reconciled these apparent opposites, producing a wide range of imagery that responded to the complexity of modern experience. Flesh and Metal is co-curated by Hilarie Faberman, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cantor, and Nancy J. Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art at Stanford, in association with Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture; Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture; and Corey Keller, curator of photography, at SFMOMA. Throughout 2013, Troy and Faberman will be leading courses with Stanford students, who will assist with designing and presenting the exhibition.
On view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Taking as a starting point SFMOMA’s growing collection of photography from South Africa, Public Intimacy will focus on artists' explorations of interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in the everyday social life of that country. The exhibition extends beyond photography to comprise painting, printmaking, sculpture, media arts, architecture and design, and publications from SFMOMA’s collection as well as key loans. Public Intimacy will feature works by approximately 25 artists, including David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Sello Pesa, and Lindeka Qampi. Reflecting both institutions’ unique approach to programming, the presentation will also include Live Projects—a series of related talks, screenings, performances, new artist commissions, workshops, education activities, and family programs—taking place at YBCA and in public spaces. 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 been conceived in many ways and has taken various visual forms. How does the placement of a Mark Rothko painting near a Buddhist mandala or a 2000-year-old Chinese tomb figure near self-portraits sculpted in soap and chocolate by Janine Antoni, bringing into focus new aspects of each work? 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. From the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition will feature the 1000-year-old Indian sculpture Durga victorious over the buffalo demon; a gilded and jeweled Burmese Buddhist alms bowl; a Korean cloth with complex calculated geometric designs; a decorated Koran from 16th-century Persia; a set of Chobunsai Eishi silk scrolls, Three Types of Beauties in Edo (1770–1829); and Hua Yan’s gold-surfaced ink paintings Summer gatherings in a mountain villa (1682–1756). Gorgeous will be curated by Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art, and Forrest McGill, chief curator and Wattis Curator of South and Southeast 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.
Jointly organized exhibitions will also take place at:
Oakland Museum of California (September 20, 2014–January 25, 2015)
Museum of the African Diaspora (spring 2015)
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (spring 2015)
Additional outdoor and site-specific projects include:
Doug Aitken’s Empire at multiple venues (fall 2014)
A multi-location exhibition of Doug Aitken’s Empire (2008–14)—the Los Angeles–based artist’s trilogy of video installations reflecting on migration and myths of the West—will present all three parts of the work together for the first time. Shown simultaneously at different venues, the work comprises Migration, a single-channel work meant to be projected onto billboards or the façade of a building; and Frontier and Black Mirror, designed as multi-channel pavilions with moving image and sound.
New Work exhibitions (dates and venues TBD)
Presentations of the museum’s ongoing New Work series, which showcases recent work by national and international artists, will take place at off-site locations to be announced. Previous New Work exhibitions have featured artists Matthew Barney, Marilyn Minter, Glenn Ligon, Tatsuo Miyajima, Kara Walker, and Andrea Zittel, among many others.
For more information on SFMOMA’s off-site programming, read the full release here.
On view at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
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. The exhibition begins with the avant-garde tradition that emerged in Tokyo in the 1960s and 70s and explores its influence on the diverse photographic practice that continues today. The tumultuous period following World War II proved 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.