Weirded Out
March 31–July 29, 2012

With its vibrant color, curvaceous lines, and eccentric, distinctive imagery, the bold and playful work of Dutch graphic artist Parra has garnered a substantial cult following since it first appeared in the 1990s. Parra’s cartoonlike, hybridized characters and free-form typography have become iconic, while his hand-drawn approach to graphic design has landed him high-profile collaborations with companies like Nike and InCase. For this exhibition, his first in a U.S. museum, Parra is taking over SFMOMA’s second-floor landing with an expansive mural that showcases his irrepressible post-Pop design style.

Parra, black graphic figures and letters on white background
Parra, silkscreen print of woman bird figure
Parra, "very nice how much" black text

Parra, Untitled (SFMOMA installation preview), 2011; © Parra

Parra, Not Very Handy, 2009; © Parra

Parra, Very Nice How Much, 2010; poster insert for It’s Nice That magazine; © Parra