Upcoming Exhibition

Zanele Muholi: Eye Me

January 18–August 11, 2024
Floor 3
Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

A self-described visual activist, Zanele Muholi (b. 1972, Umlazi, South Africa) uses the camera to explore issues of gender identity, representation, and race. Often photographing their own body or members of their LGBTQ+ community in South Africa, Muholi calls attention to the trauma and violence enacted on queer people while celebrating their beauty and resilience. Activism is central to Muholi’s artistic practice, from their early work contending with the dangers of being queer in South Africa to their more recent work embracing their own blackness and gender expression. This exhibition brings together photographs from 2002 to the present alongside the artist’s latest explorations in painting and sculpture. The first major exhibition of Muholi’s work on the West Coast, it provides the opportunity for Bay Area audiences to experience the full range of the artist’s expansive project.

Exhibition Preview

Zanele Muholi, Zazi I & II, Boston, 2019; Bader + Simon Collection; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Faniswa, Seapoint, Cape Town, from the series Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness), 2016; SFMOMA collection, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Miss D'vine II, 2007; courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Lebo Leptie Phume Daveyton, Johannesburg, 2013; courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Thathu I, The Sails, Durban, 2019; collection of Pamela and David Hornik; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Somile, 2021; collection of Christine Mack; © Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi, Muholi, 2021; Bill and Christy Gautreaux Collection, Kansas City, MO; © Zanele Muholi

Presenting support for Zanele Muholi: Eye Me is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel.

Major support is provided by the Pritzker Exhibition Fund in Photography.

Meaningful support is provided by David and Pamela Hornik and Barbara and Stephan Vermut.