Points of Departure

Connecting with Contemporary Art

March 23-October 28, 2001

Focusing on work from the postwar period to the present day, Points of Departure takes a fresh curatorial approach to the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition groups works by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Jenny Holzer, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol.

This exhibition has been conceived as an exploration of new ways to present the collection and to support it educationally through innovative technologies. Rather than grouping art chronologically, biographically, geographically, or by the movements through which art history is often described, the works on view here are presented thematically.

Points of Departure is sponsored by Merrill Lynch.
The interactive educational prototypes are based on an original concept by Flavia Sparacino of the MIT Media Lab, with additional support provided by Professors Alexander Pentland and Glorianna Davenport. iPAQ equipment provided by Compaq Computer Corporation in Silicon Valley.
Support for implementation has come from MIT, Steelcase Corporation, and Idea Integration, San Francisco.
Media Sponsors: The Mercury News, SiliconValley.com and BayArea.com

Kline, black triangle and shapes on white background

Franz Kline, Lehigh V Span, 1959-60; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Hamilton-Wells Collection