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Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Off the Wall

March 6, 2021–August 22, 2021
These works by five artists break the confines of the picture frame, challenging what constitutes a photograph and how it should be displayed.

Pan American Unity

A Mural by Diego Rivera
June 28, 2021–Summer 2023
A project four years in the making: Diego Rivera's last mural painted in the U.S. moves to SFMOMA for a free-to-see presentation.

Dances for Camera: Merce Cunningham, Nam June Paik, John Sanborn

Related exhibition: Nam June Paik
June–August 2021
This online film series features three dance films made expressly for public television broadcast in the 1980s.

Bay Area Walls

Ongoing
Established in 2020, Bay Area Walls is a series of commissions by local artists who actively engage with pressing issues of our time.

Close to Home

Creativity in Crisis
March 6, 2021–September 5, 2021
Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis brings together the deeply personal responses of seven Bay Area artists to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social upheaval of 2020.

New Work: Charles Gaines

March 6, 2021–September 12, 2021
Charles Gaines uses rules-based procedures to transform trial documents of the Dred and Harriet Scott Decision of 1857 into sound, video, and drawings, including a starscape that disrupts our understanding of rational information and its transmission.

Nam June Paik

May 8, 2021–October 3, 2021
Bringing together over 200 works across all media spanning a five-decade career, from early compositions and performances to large-scale video installations.

Art of California

Greater than the Sum
May 22, 2021–November 28, 2021
Featuring artworks made from common objects, this exhibition reveals the alchemies that occur in the process of making — and result in works greater than the sum of their parts.

Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa

July 10, 2021–December 5, 2021
This presentation highlights the affinity between Klee’s compositional approach and Asawa’s explorations of line and shape in works she created at Black Mountain College and in her first years in San Francisco.

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara

July 3, 2021–December 12, 2021
Markosian pairs staged photographs with a narrative video that weaves together home movies, reenactments, audition footage, and clips from the 1980s soap opera Santa Barbara to reconsider her family’s journey from 1990s post-Soviet Russia to America.

One Day at a Time: Susan O’Malley and Leah Rosenberg

May 29, 2021–January 2, 2022
Whether through text, color, or daily rituals, the artists' work is characterized by a belief in art’s ability to affect lives for the better.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Architecture from Outside In
July 17, 2021–February 21, 2022
Mexico City-based architect considers domesticity from policy to livability. Models and drawings illustrate Bilbao’s extensive research and built works in response to how we live today, including a masterplan for San Francisco’s Hunters Point.

Julie Mehretu

HOWL, eon (I, II)
Ongoing
Julie Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017) is an expansive exploration of the American West — its transcendent landscapes and violent colonial history.

Open Ended

Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now
Ongoing
This presentation of masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s collection of painting and sculptures explores themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the early twentieth century to our own time.

Approaching American Abstraction

Ongoing
This exhibition of selected American artists explores the diverse approaches to abstraction developed since 1950.

German Art After 1960

Ongoing
This exhibition features single-artist galleries devoted to leading German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter.

Contemporary Optics

Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, and Anish Kapoor
March 19, 2021–October 23, 2022
International artists Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, and Anish Kapoor explore the interplay of color, light, and human perception in large-scale sculptures inspired by environmental and cosmological phenomena.

Alexander Calder

Dissonant Harmony
July 3, 2021–June 2023
Explore how opposing elements and forces attain symbiosis in this presentation of ten dynamic artworks by Alexander Calder.
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