March 2021 Update: Institutional Commitments

SFMOMA began the first quarter of 2021 with an earnest look inward — with renewed dedication to transforming our culture from the inside out — along with a reaffirmed commitment to centering underrepresented voices and expanding the stories told in our galleries.

After two prolonged closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum was finally able to open with a Free Community Day on March 7. Highlights of our reopening exhibition program include Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, comprising seven local artists’ responses to the myriad challenges of the past year, and the series Bay Area Walls, featuring vibrant wall commissions by local artists Muzae Sesay, Liz Hernández, and Marina Perez-Wong and Elaine Chu of Twin Walls Mural Company, as well as photo-based projects by Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell that explore murals created during the pandemic in San Francisco and Oakland. New Work: Charles Gaines opened on our fourth floor with two powerful works that investigate the history of racism in the U.S. by returning to the 1857 Dred Scott Decision; also this month the museum publicly announced a transformative gift of works from the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, celebrating Black American artists of the 20th century — several of which are already on view throughout the museum. While we have successfully opened our doors, there remains much work to be done within our walls.

SFMOMA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey continues daily, led by a Core Team of trustees and staff from across the organization that was formed in summer of 2020. The new year began with a series of DEI discussions and educational workshops for all staff and Board, and feedback sessions for the museum’s DEI Statement of Intention — slated for completion later this spring — which aims to establish a baseline of shared understanding to support DEI action plans going forward.

Grounded in the Statement of Intention, Project Teams with specific areas of focus will continue formulating action plans to be included in SFMOMA’s DEI Strategic Plan, slated to be finalized in summer 2021. We have urgent work to do and realize it can take time to move forward together in inclusive and intentional ways. As we continue on this complex journey, we remain committed to sharing regular progress updates on the Institutional Commitments originally made in July 2020 (below) and to welcoming your thoughts and feedback at news@sfmoma.org.

MARCH 2021 Update on Institutional Commitments


In Progress