Open Ended: SFMOMA's Collection, 1900 to Now

Floor 2
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This presentation of masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s collection of painting and sculpture explores themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the early twentieth century to our own time. Organized as a series of chapters, the exhibition focuses on revolutionary ideas, geographical centers, individual artists, and relationships between artists.

Together, the works in Open Ended explore the complexities and even contradictions of modern and contemporary art, suggesting new interpretations of the museum’s collection, and examining the passions and beliefs that have spurred artists’ creativity in a rapidly changing world.

On View

Artwork image, Henri Matisse's Femme au Chapeau
Artwork image, Ruth Asawa Untitled 1958
Sargent Johnson, Forever Free, 1933; collection SFMOMA; gift of Mrs. E. D. Lederman; © Estate of Sargent Johnson
Joan Brown, The Vanity, 1973; collection SFMOMA, Paul L. Wattis Special Fund purchase; © Estate of Joan Brown

Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905; collection SFMOMA, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

Georgia O’Keeffe, Lake George [formerly Reflection Seascape], 1922; collection SFMOMA, gift of Charlotte Mack; photo: Ben Blackwell

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.114, Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres), ca. 1958; collection SFMOMA, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Estate of Ruth Asawa; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Gallery Talk with Helen and Charles Schwab Director Chris Bedford

Featuring artworks by Mark Bradford, Paul Pfeiffer, David Huffman, Jeff Koons, Chanell Stone, David Hammons, and Mickalene Thomas.

Bay Area artist David Huffman gives a tour of his West Oakland studio, revealing the eclectic collection of fabrics, images, and materials that go into his vibrant, Afrofuturistic multimedia works.

Reinstallation of the painting and sculpture collection is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.