Photo: Winni Wintermeyer

Public Dialogue

In any city, art museums are part of a much larger and fascinating cultural ecosystem, and the Bay Area is no exception. Public Dialogue brings multiple perspectives to light, from near and far, within and beyond the boundaries of art.

Deena Chalabi
Barbara and Stephan Vermut
Associate Curator of Public Dialogue


How can the art for our time change the way you view the world? How do artists influence daily life? How do SFMOMA’s collection and exhibitions relate to the changing culture of the Bay Area?

Deepening our commitment to fostering conversations about the role of contemporary art and museums, Public Dialogue at SFMOMA encourages exploration, experimentation, and in-depth critical engagement by artists, local civic organizations, and the public. We seek to build new relationships among the Bay Area’s diverse communities through citywide collaborative projects and commissions, and a major symposium on a cutting-edge theme each year. We also host dynamic programming for adult learners related to the museum’s collection and exhibitions, including interactive gallery tours, talks, classes, workshops, and more.

Current Exhibition

To Those Who Have Eyes To See

February 9–August 15, 2017

Public Knowledge

Launched in April 2017, Public Knowledge is a two-year project that aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change.

Classes at SFMOMA

Discover new ideas and enhance your creative potential at SFMOMA. Each fall and spring season, we offer a series of talks and workshops for adult audiences.

Public Tours

Led by our incredible Museum Guides, public tours at SFMOMA take visitors through the collection and special exhibitions.

Changes in Photography: Three Symposia

Three SFMOMA curators reflect on changes in the field of photography through the lens of the museum’s photography symposia series.