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Elise S. Haas

Building a Modern Art Collection
August 24, 2019–October 27, 2019
Elise S. Haas’s bequest of a large part of her modern art collection to SFMOMA in 1990 transformed the museum’s modern holdings.

New Work: Erin Shirreff

July 20, 2019–November 10, 2019
The artist’s recent sculptures and photographic works explore the gap between our experience of an object in real space and its photographic representation.

Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes

July 20, 2019–December 1, 2019
Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes explores dos and don’ts of “good” photography and the rule breakers who challenged those norms to create a more innovative medium.

April Dawn Alison

July 6, 2019–December 1, 2019
Made over the course of some thirty years, the photographs in this exhibition depict the many faces of April Dawn Allison (1941–2008), the female persona of an Oakland, California–based photographer who lived in the world as a man.

Signs and Wonders

The Photographs of John Beasley Greene
August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020
See North Africa through the eyes of 19th-century photographer and archaeologist John Beasley Greene in rarely seen photos of striking landscapes and ancient Egyptian and Algerian ruins. Select Exhibitions

Hannah Collins

I Will Make Up a Song
August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020
This presentation offers a contemporary exploration of the utopian experiments of Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

Stephen ESPO Powers

May 18, 2019–January 5, 2020
Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Powers brings his iconic graphic work to SFMOMA with a new site-specific commission for SFMOMA’s third-floor architecture and design gallery

Far Out

Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space
July 20, 2019–January 20, 2020
Fifty years since the first footsteps on the Moon, the exploration of the cosmos remains irresistible, and the ambition to establish commercial space travel and planetary settlements continues to capture the imagination.

On a Clear Day

Agnes Martin and Mark Bradford
Examine the subtle beauty of abstractions by Agnes Martin and Mark Bradford.


The Chronicles of San Francisco
On view in one of the museum’s free spaces, this soaring digital mural by artist JR depicts a cross-section of the daily life of nearly 1,200 people in San Francisco.

Elemental Calder

February 16, 2019–May 3, 2020
This exhibition explores the way the natural world, such as the movement of the sea and the swaying of the wind, provided subject matter and inspiration for many of Alexander Calder’s mobiles.

Carol Bove and John Chamberlain

Experience the dynamic sculptures of Carol Bove and John Chamberlain.

Julie Mehretu

HOWL, eon (I, II)
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
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

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

German Art After 1960

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

Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

This exhibition of works from the 1960s and beyond features Pop and Minimal artists, as well as the work of key figures exploring the human form as subject.
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