Contemporary Art from the Collection

October 25, 2008 - January 19, 2009

Drawing from SFMOMA's collection, this exhibition considers themes particularly relevant in our world today: belonging and exile, mobility and immobility, and navigation and translation among and between objects, people, and places. The artists included are keenly interested in producing passages — from past to present, fact to fiction, site to nonsite, and back again. Among a wide-ranging selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, and installations, the exhibition's highlights include works by Tacita Dean, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pierre Huyghe, Emily Jacir, Julie Mehretu, and Luc Tuymans.

  • water bottles filled with blue liquid hanging from wire
    Tony Feher, It Seemed a Beautiful Day, 2001; plastic bottles, wire, and water; Collection SFMOMA: photo: courtesy SFMOMA; 2008 Tony Feher
  • installation shot of person walking in front of golden wall
    Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled" (Golden), 1995/2008; Collection SFMOMA, through prior gifts of J. D. Zellerbach, Gardner Dailey, and an anonymous donor; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through prior gift of Solomon R. Guggenheim; and the Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates; partial gift of Andrea Rosen in honor of Felix Gonzalez-Torres; The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; photo: Ian Reeves
  • woman hunched over in front of stone wall
    Emily Jacir, Where We Come From (detail), 20012003; 30 framed laser prints and 32 c-prints mounted on cintra, and DVD; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; photo: courtesy SFMOMA; 2008 Emily Jacir