Artists + Artworks

We are committed to exploring the new, the challenging, and the unexpected. From our internationally recognized and rapidly growing collection of more than thirty thousand artworks to our innovative film and performance programs, SFMOMA has continuously advanced the interpretation, presentation, and preservation of modern and contemporary art — embracing its connection to the world around us.

Reflecting the Bay Area’s tradition of technological innovation and forward thinking, we were one of the first American art museums to recognize photography and film as art forms, and we championed architecture, design, and media arts before they were focuses of museum collecting. We have deep holdings of work by individual artists across their careers, particularly within our Painting and Sculpture collection. We are also dedicated to supporting and collecting the work of California artists, especially those active in the Bay Area.

We put artists at the center of the work we do. Our curators and conservators work directly with artists to interpret, present, and care for an artwork across its lifetime, even — as in the case of performance — if it’s only for one night.







Research

SFMOMA is committed to advancing new ideas about artists and artworks, and pushing the boundaries of museum practice.

Turning Our Collection Inside Out

The SFMOMA collection is here to be shared. Our archives exist to be researched. Why should our data be any different? The SFMOMA API (Application Programming Interface) allows users to request data on our artworks and artists, and have it delivered in a usable form. Like the museum itself, the Collection API is a platform for hands-on discovery and innovation, allowing people to creatively reenvision and reengineer our collection in the digital space. We’re dedicated to making the art for our time a vital and meaningful part of life. We can’t wait to see what you create with our API.

See what others have created in partnership with SFMOMA Lab. If you are interested in accessing SFMOMA’s collection API, please contact digital@sfmoma.org.

ArtScope

Explore 6,941 artworks from SFMOMA’s collection using our visual browsing tool ArtScope.