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.

50 Artists: Jim Campbell

The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, Bay Area-based artist Chris Fraser explores the life and work of Jim Campbell.

Desirée Holman's Sophont in Context

Desirée Holman’s Sophont (2015) is a multichannel video commissioned by SFMOMA’s Performance department for Performance in Progress, a program that invites artists working in live idioms to create new works for the museum space, with an eye to the interests and histories of the Bay Area. Sophont features three groups of performers: Time Travelers, Ecstatic Dancers, and Indigo Children. The term sophont refers to an intelligent being, human or nonhuman, capable of extraordinary reasoning and introspection. It was first used in the science fiction of Poul Anderson to describe such beings. It is also associated with the term “sentient being,” meaning one with the ability to feel and perceive, which arises frequently in Buddhism.

Holman will be live at SFMOMA September 8–11, 2016, for a long weekend of open rehearsals, screenings, panels, and more.



New Artworks for the New SFMOMA

The expanded SFMOMA offers new spaces in which artists can create and visitors can experience immersive, site-specific pieces. Hear the stories behind four newly commissioned works spanning photography, design, sculpture, and media arts.

The Artist Initiative: Ellsworth Kelly

The Artist Initiative with Ellsworth Kelly is one of a series of five collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects that bring together curators, conservators, art historians, and artists to pilot new approaches to contemporary art conservation, interpretation, and display.

The Artist Initiative is generously funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Artist Initiative: Julia Scher

The Artist Initiative with Julia Scher is one of a series of five collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects that bring together curators, conservators, art historians, and artists to pilot new approaches to contemporary art conservation, interpretation, and display.

The Artist Initiative is generously funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Old Tech, New Contexts

The exhibition Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection includes a variety of technologies, from cutting edge to obsolete (or soon to be). In this theme, we explore how museums can preserve and present old tech in new exhibition contexts. From documenting the experience of design objects to stories of adventures had in pursuit of repairs, we take you behind the screens of media and design conservation.

Graphic Communication in Typeface to Interface

From flying letters to drawing robots, the exhibition Typeface to Interface has something for all types. Explore graphics and letterforms made of everything from ink to blood to digital bytes in this companion to the show.

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.

SFMOMA Shorts: YouTube, Museums, and You!

How do museums use their YouTube channels? What works? What doesn't? We investigated how museums are sharing content on this influential platform and used our findings to overhaul SFMOMA's YouTube presence. Check out SFMOMA Shorts to watch amazing stories about modern and contemporary art and artists, created specifically for YouTube audiences.



Open Space: The View from Here

Open Space is back with its fall issue, The View From Here. These Bay Area microhistories enumerate the local and the particular. They plumb the archive for the body and the body for the archive, unearthing tensions between the collected and recollected, included and excluded, participant and fugitive. They seek to celebrate, to complicate, to reconfigure. The narrator is unreliable, the spectator is emancipated, and the facts only side-eye the truth.

Open Space in Depth

Open Space has been in a talkative mood lately. This selection of recent long-read interviews includes conversations with the legendary underground filmmaker and artist Mike Kuchar, the Afrofuturist collective Metropolarity, and the musicians of the Broun Fellinis.