Afterimages: Echoes of the 1960s from the Fisher and SFMOMA Collections

Floor 5
Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Afterimages: Echoes of the 1960s from the Fisher and SFMOMA Collections examines how the cultural currents and consciousness-shifting artistic movements of the 1960s continue to be relevant today. Marked equally by hope and loss, the decade ushered in a transformative period of rapid social, political, and technological change. Artists associated with Pop art dissolved the division between “high” and “low” culture by incorporating media imagery and new modes of commercial production into their work. In the same period, artists engaging with conceptual and minimal strategies transformed industrial materials and serially repeated forms to question social structures and methods of artistic production. This intergenerational exhibition reflects on how these pioneering artistic developments have remained active, driving forces in contemporary art and culture. Organized as a series of thematic galleries, the presentation features works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kerry James Marshall, Anne Truitt, and Andy Warhol and highlights new acquisitions by artists such as Theaster Gates, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Jac Leirner, Helen Mirra, and Rakuko Naito. Together, these artists demonstrate the continual resonance of the past.


Exhibition Preview

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Golden) Installation view, 1995; Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, through prior gifts of J. D. Zellerbach, Gardner Dailey, and an anonymous donor; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through prior gift of Solomon R. Guggenheim; and the Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates; partial gift of Andrea Rosen in honor of Felix Gonzalez-Torres; © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Kerry James Marshall, Souvenir III, 1998; Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Shawn and Brook Byers, Collectors Forum, Emily Carroll and Thomas Weisel, Doris and Donald Fisher, Susan and Robert Green, Diane and Scott Heldfond, Patricia and Raoul Kennedy, Elaine McKeon, Elle Stephens, and Phyllis C. Wattis; © Kerry James Marshall; Photo: Ben Blackwell
Anne Truitt, Green: Five, 1962; Purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Peggy Guggenheim, © Estate of Anne Truitt, photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Rakuko Naito, Untitled, 1964; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Rakuko Naito, photo: Don Ross
Bruce Nauman, Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know, 1983; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Ian Reeves