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
installation shot of person walking in front of golden wall
woman hunched over in front of stone wall

Tony Feher, It Seemed a Beautiful Day, 2001; collection SFMOMA: photo: courtesy SFMOMA; © 2008 Tony Feher

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

Emily Jacir, Where We Come From (detail), 2001-03; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; photo: courtesy SFMOMA; © 2008 Emily Jacir