The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced today the creation of the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography, which will be the largest exhibition space for photography and among the most advanced photographic arts centers of any art museum in the United States. Funded by a lead gift from the Pritzkers and generous gifts from four additional benefactors, the more than 15,500-square-foot center will extend the museum’s deep history of groundbreaking engagement with photography and support its work in illuminating the medium as it evolves into the 21st century.
SFMOMA announced today the launch of The Artist Initiative, a new long-term project that will involve deep collaborations with living artists and put their voices at the center of a more integrated, evolving approach to conservation and collections research. Funded by a $1.75 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative will begin immediately with five investigations into distinct areas of SFMOMA's collection — from the exceptionally deep holdings of work by Ellsworth Kelly to continually changing media installations by artists such as Julia Scher — and share new findings about these artworks with both scholars and the public.
SFMOMA announced today that when its new building opens to the public in 2016, the museum's free-admission policy will expand from visitors 12 and under to 18 and under. Designed to further remove financial barriers to attendance for teens, the initiative deepens SFMOMA's commitment to inspiring more young people through vibrant art experiences, and is intended to encourage repeat visits by local youth. The museum also announced today that all artists with works in SFMOMA's collection will now receive free lifetime membership benefits. From artists to teens, SFMOMA is ensuring access for more people to discover the new ideas and creativity that can be found through its doors.
SFMOMA today unveiled the Snøhetta-designed grand stair that will greet visitors in the museum's existing Haas Atrium and invite them into the heart of its new 235,000-square-foot building expansion, currently under construction and slated for completion in early 2016. Embracing architect Mario Botta's original atrium design, the new stair marries the visions of two great architects and will serve as a bridge between the existing and new parts of the building, integrating them into a seamless whole.
At a groundbreaking event held on May 29, 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) celebrated with some 300 supporters to kick off the museum's final four celebratory days before construction begins on its new 225,000-square-foot Snøhetta-designed expansion.
May 8, 2013 – With 89 percent of the capital campaign goal raised three years ahead of the opening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s expanded home, and with 100 percent of the museum’s Board of Trustees supporting the campaign, SFMOMA’s Board has raised the capital campaign goal to $610 million from $555 million, an increase of 11 percent.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) may be on the go with off-site programming throughout the city while its building is closed for expansion, but the SFMOMA MuseumStore is staying in the same neighborhood, aiming to keep shoppers and a presence for the museum in the immediate area until SFMOMA’s new building opens in early 2016.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced further details of its approximately 235,000-square-foot building expansion. When the new museum opens in 2016, it will provide a greater art experience for visitors and support SFMOMA's increasing role in city life and the international art community, with more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible galleries to accommodate live performances and large-scale works of art, and field-leading contributions to global standards of energy efficiency for art museums.
SFMOMA announced today promised gifts of 473 photographs from three separate collectors, adding significant new depth to the museum's holdings in 20th-century American and Japanese photography. A group of photographs by Diane Arbus from San Francisco collector and gallerist Jeffrey Fraenkel doubles SFMOMA's holdings of work by the artist and continues the museum’s dedication to collecting artists in depth. Two additional gifts—one from an anonymous donor, the other from the Kurenboh Collection in Tokyo—strengthen, in particular, the museum’s collection of works by Japanese photographers; the nearly 350 Japanese works included in these gifts cement SFMOMA’s standing as home to the largest collection of Japanese photography in the United States.
As part of the next phase of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s expansion project, the museum will go beyond its walls and directly into the community with extensive off-site programming while its building is temporarily closed for construction from the summer of 2013 to early 2016. SFMOMA will present a dynamic slate of jointly organized and traveling museum exhibitions, outdoor and site-specific installations, and newly created education programs that will unfold throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced an increase in the scope of its expansion project, with nearly 80 percent of its capital campaign goal raised two years ahead of groundbreaking. New architects' sketches reveal innovative and audience-friendly design features.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today unveiled the preliminary design for its expansion that will double the museum’s exhibition and education space while enhancing the visitor experience and more deeply weaving the museum into the fabric of the city.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has selected the architecture firm Snøhetta to be its partner in developing an expansion that enhances the museum's services to the community and its educational, social, and economic role in the city. The decision follows a comprehensive international search and two-year planning process to address the enormous growth of SFMOMA's collections and of audience demand for programming since the museum's move to its current building in 1995. Initial design concepts for the project—Snøhetta's first building on the West Coast of the United States—will be unveiled in the spring of 2011. The current project budget of $480 million includes $250 million for the expansion and $230 million for SFMOMA's endowment to ensure the museum's long-term success.