Selves and Others

Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein

March 24–September 23, 2018

Floor 3

The most compelling portraits reveal more than simply a sitter’s physical appearance — they hint at an individual’s character, suggest a psychological state, or perhaps even offer a glimpse of the sitter’s soul. Drawn from the many generous gifts Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein have donated to SFMOMA’s collection since the late 1990s, this exhibition features portraits of the self; of personas or avatars; of family members, lovers, and friends; and of strangers. Made from the nineteenth century to the present and organized thematically, the works in the exhibition were created by artists including Claude Cahun, Rineke Dijkstra, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, and Gillian Wearing, among many others.

Exhibition Preview

  • A double photograph of a blue-eyed woman seen straighton and in profile against an uneven black background

    Dora Maar, Double Portrait, 1930s; collection SFMOMA, gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

  • An elderly seated woman smoking a cigarette on a worn out floral print couch in an unkempt patio

    William Eggleston, Jackson, Mississippi, ca. 1969–70, printed 1986; fractional and promised gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein to SFMOMA; © Eggleston Artistic Trust

  • Studio-style color portrait of a woman with blonde dreadlocks and an ill-fitting, beige, cable knit sweater

    Cindy Sherman, Untitled #399, 2000; fractional and promised gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein to SFMOMA; © Cindy Sherman, courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures

  • An uncanny black and white photograph of a white woman with 1950's style hair and blouse

    Gillian Wearing, Self-Portrait as My Mother, Jean Gregory, 2003; fractional and promised gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein to SFMOMA; © Gillian Wearing

Carolyn Drake: Wild Pigeon

March 17–September 23, 2018

New to the Collection

This immersive installation showcases unique photographic collages made in collaboration with the people of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a politically complex province in northwest China, and highlights their quest for identity and self-representation.

On view on Floor 3.

Image: Carolyn Drake, Wild Pigeon, 2007–13; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Carolyn Drake