Beyond Belief

100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art

June 28-October 27, 2013

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Jointly organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this expansive exhibition — spanning the years 1911 to 2011 — journeys into the far-reaching connections between spirituality and modern and contemporary art. Featuring diverse works by artists ranging from early 20th-century visionaries such as Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian to leading postwar and contemporary artists including Jay DeFeo, Kiki Smith, and Zarina, Beyond Belief offers a fresh new vision of familiar and lesser-known works from SFMOMA’s collection.

Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art is jointly organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, and the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund are the lead supporters of the exhibition. Osterweis Capital Management is the major sponsor. The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District; John and Marcia Goldman Foundation; Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, Simcha Foundation; Nellie and Max Levchin; Randee and Joe Seiger; and Lydia and Douglas Shorenstein are supporting sponsors of the exhibition. The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Phyllis Cook, Dorothy R. Saxe, Betty and Jack Schafer, Roselyne Chroman Swig, Marilyn Yolles Waldman and Murry Waldman, and Barbara and Howard Wollner are participating sponsors. Additional support comes from Phyllis Moldaw, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Ruth and Alan Stein, and an Anonymous Donor.

Koret Foundation
Taube Foundation
Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation
Osterweis Capital Management
Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
  • Teresita Fernandez, yarn sculpture with white yellow and red patterns
    Teresita Fernndez, Fire, 2005; silk yarn, steel armature, and epoxy; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase. (Created in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia); Teresita Fernndez
  • Paul Klee, print on paper of angel with red paint border
    Paul Klee, Ein Genius serviert ein kleines Fruhstuck (A Spirit Serves a Little Breakfast) or Engel bringt das Gewunschte (Angel Brings What Is Desired), 1920; lithograph with watercolor; Extended loan and promised gift of the Djerassi Art Trust to SFMOMA; photo: Don Ross
  • Nam June Paik, buddha sculpture facing television displaying buddha
    Nam June Paik, TV Buddha, 1989; closed-circuit video installation, bronze; Partial gift of Pamela and Richard Kramlich to the New Art Trust to benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate, United Kingdom; Estate of Nam June Paik
  • Rothko No. 14 1960
    Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase; 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Stieglitz, black and white photo of cloudy sky
    Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent, 1925; printed 1927; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe