Projects + Perspectives

These are the people and stories that make up SFMOMA. We love what we do and we want to share it with you.

Bruce Conner: It’s All True

Realist. Surrealist. Hippie. Punk. Who was Bruce Conner (1933–2008)? Find out in these stories, videos, online screenings, and more.

Artists Respond to History

Working from both personal experience and deep research, artists around the globe seek answers—or at least solace—in their responses to turbulent historical conditions such as war, apartheid, censorship, and totalitarianism.

The Artist Initiative

The Artist Initiative is a series of collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects bringing together curators, conservators, art historians, and artists to pilot new approaches to contemporary art conservation, interpretation, and display.

Night Scene

Bay Area musicians explore and respond to the onset of winter and the encroaching night that accompanies it. By turns veiled, ominous, haunted, or explosive, these combinations of image and audio feel around – or further conceal themselves – in the dark.

Arts Advocacy After Ghost Ship: Mutual Aid and Brazen Ignorance

Since the tragic Ghost Ship fire last December, there’s been an outpouring of support for artists in the Bay Area. But how much of this support benefits surrounding low-income communities? Sam Lefebvre explores conflicts around arts advocacy and housing legislation on Open Space.

Activism + Aesthetics

As #blacklivesmatter protests continue to sweep the streets and gentrification radically remakes our cities, art can feel like a wan bystander. But can art make room for debate, resistance, subversion—and maybe even hope? Explore these poetic and powerful meditations on how art can help us along the way as our communities strive for social justice and equality.

The Female Gaze

The practitioners featured here work in and around issues that define and affect what it means to be a woman, from Ishiuchi Miyako’s photographic forays into areas of Yokosuka deemed unsafe for women; to Helène Aylon’s “midwifing” and “birthing” of painted pieces; to Tomoko Sawada’s photo investigations of Japanese womanhood and girls’ schools.

Notes on Border Crossing

Immigration has defined this country since its inception. The debate about this issue is not new, but the tone of the latest political rhetoric has been particularly vitriolic. It’s good to remember how many different perspectives exist. Here are a few thoughtful and considered takes on the immigrant experience and the concept of home.

For What It’s Worth

Labor and class issues are dominating the headlines, but what about people whose trade is creativity? The starving artist myth is an utterly unromantic reality. From writers to painters to poets to performers, hear how these artists grapple with doing what they love and getting paid to do it.

Does a Museum Podcast Have to be About a Museum?

SFMOMA’s new arts and culture podcast, Raw Material, might not sound like a museum podcast—and that is exactly the point. Associate content producer Erin Fleming brings you the inside story, from concept to production.

PlaySFMOMA

PlaySFMOMA is a museum initiative that supports the development of avant-garde and artist-made games, and investigates instances of interactive play throughout art history. By providing a platform for artists working in this medium, PlaySFMOMA introduces museum audiences to the expressive potential of games.

On Digital Experience

At SFMOMA, we don't view our “digital strategy” as distinct from an analog or a human-to-human strategy. Rather, we believe that the ultimate goal of every museum activity is to help foster a rewarding in-person encounter with art. In these stories, we share how experiments with new technologies can open up new ways of thinking and seeing within the museum context.

Transforming SFMOMA’s Visual and Digital Identity

The building is transformed, and so is our look, from the logo to the website to the type on the wall labels. These are the insiders’ stories on how it all happened.