© Drew Altizer

The Campaign for Art


May 14–October 30, 2016

Floor 7

Comprised of contemporary art acquired through SFMOMA’s Campaign for Art, this exhibition highlights works in a variety of mediums that reflect the diversity of art being made since 1980. The Campaign for Art: Contemporary includes key figures that emerged in New York, such as Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, and Sherrie Levine; important California artists, such as Mark Bradford, Vincent Fecteau, and Charles Ray; and international figures, such as Doris Salcedo, Thomas Schütte, Luc Tuymans, and Ai Weiwei. The exhibition also includes an installation by Matthew Barney; animations by Jim Campbell, John Gerrard, and Takeshi Murata; and video works by Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães, and Nicole Miller; as well as contemporary photography, including a large-scale work by Jeff Wall and a series by Cindy Sherman. This presentation serves not only as a celebration of works new to the museum’s collection, but also as an introduction to the extraordinary creativity of today’s art.

The presenting sponsor of The Campaign for Art exhibitions is

Bank of America

Leadership support is provided by Collectors’ Forum, an SFMOMA art experience group. Major support is provided by the Prospect Creek Foundation. Additional support is provided by Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.

Header image: © Drew Altizer

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Mark Bradford, Killing the Goodbye

    Mark Bradford, Killing the Goodbye, 2015; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg; © Mark Bradford; photo: © Joshua White/JWPictures.com

  • Ten clay amphorae painted with dripping, mostly pastel-colored, paint and arranged on a concrete floor

    Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases, 2007; collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Ai Weiwei

  • Artwork image, Michaël Borremans's The Hare

    Michaël Borremans, The Hare, 2005; fractional and promised gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; © Michaël Borremans

  • Artwork image, John Gerrard, Cuban School

    John Gerrard, Cuban School (Sancti Spíritus), 2011; promised gift of Adriane lann and Christian Stolz; © John Gerrard; simulation still courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

  • Artwork image, Jeff Koons, Large Vase of Flowers

    Jeff Koons, Large Vase of Flowers, 1991; promised gift of Norah and Norman Stone in honor of John Caldwell, Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1989–93); © Jeff Koons

  • Artwork image, Sherrie Levine, Fountain

    Sherrie Levine, Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp), 1991; promised gift of Norah and Norman Stone in honor of John Caldwell, Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1989–93); © Sherrie Levine

  • Artwork image, Nicole MIller's Untitled

    Nicole Miller, Untitled (still), 2011; collection of Marjory Graue and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional purchase through gift and promised gift; © Nicole Miller

  • Artwork image, Dianna Molzan, Untitled

    Dianna Molzan, Untitled, 2011; promised gift of Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle

  • Artwork image, Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander, The Tenant

    Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães, The Tenant (still), 2010; promised gift of Pamela and Richard Kramlich; © Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães; photo: courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

  • A silver sculpture of a woman sleeping on a bench.

    Charles Ray, Sleeping woman, 2012; collection SFMOMA, gift of Helen and Charles Schwab through The Art Supporting Foundation; © Charles Ray

Online Screening: Takeshi Murata's Monster Movie

As part of The Campaign for Art: Contemporary, SFMOMA presents an online screening of Takeshi Murata’s Monster Movie (2005) through October 30, 2016. Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling describes Murata’s work as “a nightmare of viral editing in which all material becomes an endless liquefied abstraction of information.”