© Henrik Kam

Art of Northern California

Three Views

May 14, 2016–January 8, 2017

Floor 2

Underscoring SFMOMA’s commitment to the art of California and the Bay Area specifically, the inaugural installation of the museum’s new California galleries features local artists in three groupings: artists associated with the University of California, Davis, including Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley; art by Joan Brown, Jess, and Lee Mullican, emphasizing the personal, often spiritual, underpinnings of art produced in the region; and the Bay Area’s vibrant Conceptual art scene of the late 1960s and 1970s, explored through works by David Ireland, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Tom Marioni, among others.

Art of Northern California: Three Views is supported by Jean and James E. Douglas, Jr., Mary J. Elmore, and Sheri and Paul Siegel. Additional support is provided by Concepción and Irwin Federman.

Header image: © Henrik Kam

Exhibition Preview

  • Oil painting of three round cakes on cake stands casting blue shadows against a white background

    Wayne Thiebaud, Display Cakes, 1963; collection SFMOMA, Mrs. Manfred Bransten Special Fund purchase; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: Don Ross and Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Jess, Fig. 4

    Jess, Fig. 4 -- Far And Few...: Translation #15, 1965; collection SFMOMA, Mrs. Manfred Bransten Special Fund purchase; © JESS -The Jess Collins Trust

  • Artwork image, David Ireland's Broom Collection with Boom

    David Ireland, Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988; collection SFMOMA, Ruth Nash Fund purchase; © 500 Capp Street Foundation; photo: Ben Blackwell