75 Years of Looking Forward

The Anniversary Show
December 19, 2009–January 16, 2011

On January 18, 2010, SFMOMA marked its 75th year as a pioneering force in art, locally and globally. From mounting Jackson Pollock’s first solo museum exhibition in 1945 to exhibiting vernacular photographs and championing the emerging Mission School scene in the mid-1990s, SFMOMA has consistently broken new ground, expanding the conventional wisdom of what an art museum should present and collect. The Anniversary Show brings together more than four hundred works from the collection, highlighting moments when the history of the museum has intersected meaningfully with the history of art.

leslie shows, abstract painting with dark and colorful explosion
Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
Koons, michael jackson and bubbles sculpture
David Park, painting of two women bathing
Diebenkorn cityscape painting
Barry McGee, installation shot with two visitors sitting on bench

Leslie Shows, Two Ways to Organize, 2006; collection SFMOMA, James and Eileen Ludwig Fund Purchase; © Leslie Shows

Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943; collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund purchase; © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988; collection SFMOMA, purchased through the Marian and Bernard Messenger Fund and restricted funds; © Jeff Koons

David Park, Two Bathers, 1958; collection SFMOMA, purchase through gifts of Mrs. Wellington S. Henderson, Helen Crocker Russell, and the Crocker Family, by exchange, and the Mary Heath Keesling Fund; © estate of David Park

Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I (formerly Landscape I), 1963; collection SFMOMA, purchased with funds from Trustees and friends in memory of Hector Escobosa, Brayton Wilbur, and J. D. Zellerbach; © Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Barry McGee, Untitled, 1996/2009; collection SFMOMA;Ruth Nash Fund and Louis Vuitton N.A. purchase and fractional gift of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco; photo: Winni Wintermeyer; © Barry McGee

The Anniversary Show is presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of 75 Years of Looking Forward, a series of exhibitions and events organized in celebration of the museum’s anniversary. Major support is provided by the Koret Foundation and the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners. Promotional support is provided by Gap. Media sponsors: KGO-TV, San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate, and San Francisco magazine. The St. Regis San Francisco is the official hotel of the 75th anniversary.

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