New Work

Since 1987, SFMOMA's New Work series has provided a platform for experimentation: a space for artists to develop or premiere a body of work or present existing work in a new context. Initiated with the support of SFMOMA's Collectors Forum, the series focuses on the innovative ideas and visions of national and international artists, and has played a key role in shaping the breadth and character of the museum's collection and programming. Through New Work, SFMOMA has organized early exhibitions with artists such as Matthew Barney, Marilyn Minter, Kara Walker, and Christopher Wool, all of whom received their first solo museum shows through the New Work series.

New Work Highlights

  • Installation view of Not New Work: Vincent Fecteau Selects from the Collection

    Installation view of Not New Work: Vincent Fecteau Selects from the Collection, 2009. SFMOMA; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Installation view of New Work: Lucy McKenzie

    Installation view of New Work: Lucy McKenzie, 2007. SFMOMA; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Installation view of New Work: Alessandro Pessoli

    Installation view of New Work: Alessandro Pessoli, 2012. SFMOMA; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Installation view of New Work: Mai-Thu Perret

    Installation view of New Work: Mai-Thu Perret, 2008. SFMOMA; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Installation view of New Work: Richard Aldrich

    Installation view of New Work: Richard Aldrich, 2011. SFMOMA; photo: Ian Reeves

For more information, view an essay from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward about the history of the New Work series or download a list of past exhibitions.



Past Exhibitions