JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco, 2018 (detail); photo: courtesy JR-art.net

Exhibition

JR

The Chronicles of San Francisco

Opens April 25, 2019

Floor 1, Roberts Family Gallery

Celebrate the voices of our extraordinary, unique, and diverse city in The Chronicles of San Francisco, by internationally recognized artist JR. Over the course of two months in early 2018, the artist set up a mobile studio in twenty-two locations around San Francisco, where he filmed and interviewed nearly twelve hundred people from across the city’s multifaceted communities. In the completed work, a digital mural scrolls across a seamless bank of screens, bringing together the faces and untold stories of the people we encounter every day. Presented in SFMOMA’s soaring Roberts Family Gallery, this work is free and accessible to the public.

Born in France in 1983, JR began tagging buildings as a young teenager. Soon he shifted from graffiti to photo-based work, creating images of faces, printing them on large sheets of inexpensive paper, and pasting them on buildings. Although he has completed many such projects around the world, this is his first major installation in San Francisco, and uniquely draws inspiration from Diego Rivera’s murals found throughout the city.

Tickets

The public can access The Chronicles of San Francisco for free in the Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1.

Header image:

JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco, 2018 (detail); photo: courtesy JR-art.net

Exhibition Preview

  • black and white mural filled with some people reading and some protesting

    JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco, 2018 (detail); photo: courtesy JR-art.net

  • two people posing for a photograph on a sloped city street

    JR and Roberto de Angelis at work in San Francisco, 2018; photo: Camille Pajot, courtesy JR-art.net

  • a white truck with mural on side with intersection if foreground

    JR Studio truck in Chinatown, San Francisco, 2018; photo: Lyle Owerko, courtesy JR-art.net

  • a person dressed in eccentric prints is interviewed on a sidewalk

    Eyal Levy interviewing a mural subject in San Francisco, 2018; photo: Marc Azoulay, courtesy JRart.net

  • a propped up newstand in a green screen studio

    Inside JR’s Studio truck, 2018; photo: Marc Azoulay, courtesy JR-art.net