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.
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.
Witness the artistic journey of Cheryl R. Riley in this short documentary. Discover how San Francisco has influenced her wide-ranging art practice, from furniture design to jewelry making. And join her as she shares insights into her iconic 1996 work, Zulu Renaissance Writing Table for a Lady, now on view in the Open Ended exhibition at SFMOMA.
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.