50 Artists

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Friday, May 12, 2017

The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, join us for 50 Artists, an exciting new program taking place every Friday at noon for fifty weeks. Each week, a local artist, designer, maker, thinker, performer, or writer shares how an icon of modern and contemporary art matters to them. We’ll explore fifty key artists in the form of short talks, conversations, poems, songs, jokes, eulogies, and more throughout the museum.

Events in this Series

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50 Artists: Corey Keller on Sohei Nishino

Friday, November 4, 2016, Noon
Head shot, Corey Keller

50 Artists: Kent Roberts on Richard Serra

Friday, November 18, 2016, Noon
Photograph of Kent Roberts looking out at the ocean

50 Artists: Rebecca Goldfarb on David Ireland

Friday, December 2, 2016, Noon
Black and white photograph of Rebecca Goldfarb

50 Artists: Laura E. Pérez on Ana Mendieta

Friday, December 9, 2016, Noon
A woman with glasses sits at a table in a courtyard

50 Artists: Tanya Zimbardo on Runa Islam

Friday, December 16, 2016, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Tanya Zimbardo

50 Artists: Jonn Herschend on Susan O’Malley

Friday, January 6, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Jonn Herschend

50 Artists: Emily Hamilton on Doris Salcedo

Friday, January 13, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Emily Hamilton

50 Artists: Jenifer K. Wofford on Wayne Thiebaud

Friday, January 20, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Jenifer Woff

50 Artists: Chip Lord on Tomás Saraceno

Friday, January 27, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Chip Lord

50 Artists: Steve Dye on William Kentridge

Friday, February 3, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Steve Dye

50 Artists: Shinichi Iova-Koga on Eikoh Hosoe

Friday, February 10, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Shinichi Iova-Koga

50 Artists: Julia Goodman on Amanda Ross-Ho

Friday, February 17, 2017, Noon
A blonde woman, Julia Goodman, stands in front of a backlit, patterned red wall

50 Artists: Jessalyn Aaland on Sister Corita Kent

Friday, February 24, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Jessalyn Aaland

50 Artists: Indira Allegra on Martin Puryear

Friday, March 3, 2017, Noon
Black and white photograph of a woman, Indira Allegra, in profile looking out a bright window

50 Artists: Erica Gangsei on Will Rogan

Friday, March 10, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Erica Gangsei

50 Artists: Linde B. Lehtinen on Hilla and Bernd Becher

Friday, March 17, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Linde B. Lehtinen

50 Artists: Jimenez Lai

Friday, March 24, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Jimenez Lai

50 Artists: Claudia La Rocco on Lutz Bacher

Friday, March 31, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Claudia La Rocco

50 Artists: Jess Genevieve Bailey and Danny Smith on Agnes Martin

Friday, April 7, 2017, Noon
Portrait of Jess Genevieve Bailey and Danny Smith

50 Artists: Frank Smigiel on Alice Neel

Friday, April 14, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Frank Smigiel

50 Artists: Stella Lochman on David Hockney

Friday, April 21, 2017, Noon
A woman stands against a wall holding voluminous bouquets of paper flowers

50 Artists: Janet Bishop on Richard Diebenkorn

Friday, April 28, 2017, Noon
A smiling blonde woman in glasses stands against a bright background

50 Artists: Megan Brian on Andrea Geyer

Friday, May 5, 2017, Noon
A woman with curly red hair and wire-rimmed glasses sits looking at the camera

50 Artists: Christo Oropeza on John Bankston

Friday, May 12, 2017, Noon
SFMOMA staff portrait, Christo Oropeza

50 Artists: Jordan Stein and Lindsey White on Robert Colescott

Friday, May 19, 2017, Noon
A photobooth image of a seated woman and man