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The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds

In this interactive feature, canine characters from Roy De Forest's playful painting Country Dog Gentlemen take you on adventures to learn about famous artworks in SFMOMA's…

September 2009
William Kentridge

South African artist William Kentridge deals with subjects such as colonialism, apartheid, and AIDS in a manner that is as poetic as it is political, as universal as it is…

March 2009
Kerry James Marshall

The first artist to receive a commission through SFMOMA's Art in the Atrium project, Kerry James Marshall is known for a rich and varied body of work that includes large-scale…

February 2009
The Art of Lee Miller

One of the most unconventional female artists of the 20th century, Lee Miller was admired for her photographic talent, intelligence, and classical beauty. Learn more about her…

July 2008
Frida Kahlo

Kahlo's fantastical imagery and folkloric style, influenced by Mexican popular art, earned her recognition among the Surrealists, but her intriguing persona and unmistakable…

June 2008
Jeff Wall: Works in Focus 1978–2004

Canadian artist Jeff Wall is widely recognized as an innovative picture-maker whose dynamic photographs, both color and black-and-white, have affinities with painting and cinema.…

October 2007
Ann Hamilton's indigo blue

Explore Ann Hamilton's performance installation indigo blue — which comprises 18,000 pieces of used, blue work clothes and a live "attendant" who erases printed text…

September 2007
Take your time: Olafur Eliasson

Explore Eliasson's immersive installations in this presentation featuring commentary about his artistic vision and process from his studio assistants and curator Madeleine…

September 2007
Sargent Johnson

As part of the New Negro movement of the early 20th century, Sargent Johnson created sculptures, paintings, prints, and large-scale friezes that explored African American identity,…

February 2007
Dorothea Lange

A prominent documentary photographer and photojournalist, Lange sought to demonstrate the impact of social and economic circumstances on people’s lives. Her best-known…

February 2007
Nathan Oliveira

The sculptor and printmaker Nathan Oliveira was a pioneering member of the Bay Area Figurative movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

This segment devoted to Oliveira's life and work is…

February 2007
David Park

Along with works by fellow artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff, Park’s paintings helped define the Bay Area Figurative style, a new movement that drew…

February 2007
Betye Saar

Saar’s innovative assemblages range from small pieces resembling shrines to large, gallery-scale installations. Her work often incorporates found objects, bringing together…

February 2007
Edward Weston

In his photographs Weston strove to capture the formal essence of his subject matter and present it as a revelation. Emphasizing line, careful cropping, and the interplay of…

February 2007
Voices and Images of California Art

This interactive feature presents in-depth profiles of 11 of California's most celebrated artists through a combination of audio and video clips, artwork reproductions,…

February 2007
Robert Arneson

Arneson's sculptures epitomized the 1960s and 1970s Bay Area Funk art movement. Fusing offbeat humor and irreverence with Pop-inspired subject matter, he used everyday objects to…

February 2007
Joan Brown

Painter and assemblage artist Joan Brown is considered part of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative movement. Her best-known paintings prominently feature…

February 2007
Imogen Cunningham

A founding member of Group f.64, Cunningham was a pioneer of sharp-focus “straight photography” — a style which would usher the medium of photography into the…

February 2007
Jay DeFeo

DeFeo was at the center of the circle of poets, writers, musicians, and artists who formed the Bay Area Beat movement in the 1950s and 1960s. She is best known for a series of…

February 2007
Richard Diebenkorn

Diebenkorn was an important Bay Area figurative painter and a leading proponent of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

This segment devoted to Diebenkorn's life and work is part of…

February 2007
A Hidden Picasso

Explore the behind-the-scenes story of how art conservators discovered a hidden painting by Pablo Picasso and what the image reveals about the 19-year-old Picasso who painted it.…

February 2007
Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth

Explore four decades of Kiefer's art, including paintings, sculptures, books, and works on paper that reflect the artist’s career-long meditation on the relationship between…

October 2006
Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston

Explore the lives of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston—two extraordinary 20th-century artists who shared a passion for photography, Mexico, and each other—and experience…

September 2006
Matthew Barney: DRAWING RESTRAINT

Over the past two decades Matthew Barney has created a distinctive universe using a multitude of media, from sculpture and photography to drawing and film. Informed by his careful…

September 2006
Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation

Delve into Tomatsu's stirring pictures of postwar Japan and learn why he is revered as one of the country's most important photographers. Video footage of the artist in Nagasaki,…

May 2006
Kara Walker's No Mere Words . . .

Explore Kara Walker's installation No Mere Words Can Adequately Reflect the Remorse This Negress Feels. . . in this segment from Making Sense of Modern Art, an extensive and engaging…

August 2005
Richard Tuttle: The Presence of Simple Things

Tuttle's eclectic works defy conventional notions of material, form, process, and craft. This presentation of highlights from his career is accompanied by video of the artist in…

July 2005
2x4 / design series 3

Experience six diverse projects from the New York-based design group 2x4, whose creations are as lush and colorful as they are intellectual.

This interactive multimedia feature was…

May 2005
Image, Body, Text: Selected Works by Gary Hill

Innovative media artist Gary Hill explains how he uses his body to create multilayered video installations in which language, speech, text, and image overlap and intersect.

This…

March 2005
Doris Salcedo's Atrabiliarios

Explore Doris Salcedo's installation Atrabiliarios (Defiant). in this segment from Making Sense of Modern Art, an extensive and engaging guide to modern and contemporary works in…

March 2005