Ed Ruscha, Plots, 1986; private collection and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift of Elaine McKeon; © Ed Ruscha; photo: Ben Blackwell
Exhibition

On the Edge

Art of California

January 28–July 16, 2017

Floor 2

Presented in the museum’s newly dedicated California galleries, this exhibition features art from the 1960s to now, made by Bay Area and Los Angeles artists on a range of subjects, from social justice to the natural world. Works on view include William Allan’s sensuous, coloristic studies of skies in the American West and Sister Corita Kent’s vibrant screenprints, often designed as calls to action against oppression and war. In addition, works by Robert Colescott, Andrea Bowers, and Sandow Birk, among others, address social inequity through a variety of historical references, styles, and tones, while gesturing collectively to the rich multiplicity of voices that power the great American experiment.

Header image: Ed Ruscha, Plots, 1986; private collection and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift of Elaine McKeon; © Ed Ruscha; photo: Ben Blackwell

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Ed Ruscha, Plots

    Ed Ruscha, Plots, 1986; private collection and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift of Elaine McKeon; © Ed Ruscha; photo: Ben Blackwell

  • Artwork image, Corita Kent, Yellow Submarine

    Corita Kent, yellow submarine, 1967; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase, 2008; © Estate of Corita Kent

  • Artwork image, William Allan, Sea of Cortez #5

    William Allan, Sea of Cortez #5, 1978; collection SFMOMA, gift of Rena Bransten; © William Allan