Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design

March 17-June 27, 2000

Mixing modern abstraction with nostalgic images, the bold design work of Los Angeles-based Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka offers graphic design with wit, nostalgia, optimism, and a touch of good-humored narcissism. Taking inspiration from contemporary mass culture while perpetuating the modernist graphic tradition native to Southern California, AdamsMorioka designs offer a clever exploration of the world of artifice and the cult of personality.

AdamsMorioka, Utopia Visions 9 (detail), 1999; offset lithography on paper; Collection SFMOMA and Mylar