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, Untitled (SFMOMA installation preview), 2011; acrylic on white wall; Parra
  • Parra, silkscreen print of woman bird figure
    Parra, Not Very Handy, 2009; silkscreen print; Parra
  • Parra, "very nice how much" black text
    Parra, Very Nice How Much, 2010; silkscreen poster insert for It's Nice That magazine; Parra

Time-lapse of Parra’s mural Weirded Out

This time-lapse video documents the Dutch graphic artist Parra at work on his mural Weirded Out (2012) on SFMOMA's second-floor landing, and is set to music made by Parra's electronic music group Le Le. The site-specific work was commissioned by the museum and features the artist's signature hand-drawn typography and hybrid human-animal figures. The mural is now a permanent part of the museum's Architecture + Design collection.