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.

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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  • leslie shows, abstract painting with dark and colorful explosion
    Leslie Shows, Two Ways to Organize, 2006; acrylic, charcoal, metal, mud, rust, and collage on panel; Collection SFMOMA, James and Eileen Ludwig Fund Purchase; Leslie Shows
  • Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
    Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund purchase; Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Koons, michael jackson and bubbles sculpture
    Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988; porcelain; Collection SFMOMA, Purchased through the Marian and Bernard Messenger Fund and restricted funds; Jeff Koons
  • David Park, painting of two women bathing
    David Park, Two Bathers, 1958; oil on canvas; 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
  • Diebenkorn cityscape painting
    Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I (formerly Landscape I), 1963; oil on canvas; 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, installation shot with two visitors sitting on bench
    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; Barry McGee; photo: Winni Wintermeyer