Department Overview


Stan Douglas, Hors-Champs, 1992; two-channel video installation with stereo sound; Collection SFMOMA, Fractional gift of Pamela and Richard Kramlich to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (95.1.A-M) and the New Art Trust; © Stan Douglas

Department of Media Arts

In early 1988, the Department of Media Arts was established to develop a program of exhibitions and educational events related to video, media-dependent performance art, and film. Robert R. Riley served as the department's first curator. In 2000, Benjamin Weil succeeded Riley and in 2006 Rudolf Frieling succeeded Weil to serve as the museum's curator of media arts. Since its inception, the department has grown to reflect the diversity of current art production technologies, ranging from video and digital film experiments to web-based projects.