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.

Advocate for Federal Arts Funding

SFMOMA’s pioneering digital experiences and exhibitions such as Matisse/Diebenkorn and Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed would not be possible without vital federal funds provided by the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Raise your voice now to protect the arts.

Through Diebenkorn’s Eyes: Curators Reflect on Matisse/Diebenkorn

Learn how curators Janet Bishop (of SFMOMA) and Katy Rothkopf (of The Baltimore Museum of Art) carefully structured the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition as a series of encounters that allow visitors to vicariously experience Henri Matisse through Richard Diebenkorn’s eyes.

Imagining the Future: Race, Language, and Movement in Performance in Progress

Performance in Progress returns March 16–19, 2017, featuring works by Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite. All three artists’ performances draw on the visuals and narratives of science fiction and fantasy to imagine alternative futures. Here, the scholar Mark C. Jerng describes the artists’ manifestations of an anti-racist future, LeiLani Nishime ponders race-related questions in Holman’s work specifically, and Naomi Rincón Gallardo and Sophia Wang discuss choreography as language.

Fragmentation, Mourning, and Fragility in A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions

Explore themes of fragmentation, mourning, and fragility found in art collected by SFMOMA after 2000, and featured in the exhibition A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions.

Meet Grace McCann Morley

Grace McCann Morley, SFMOMA’s founding director and the subject of the current exhibition To Those Who Have Eyes To See, was a tireless advocate for the Bay Area’s burgeoning art ecosystem, supporting artists of all backgrounds and fostering broad public engagement with their work.

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; to Judy Chicago’s dangerous female content that revolutionized the art world in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cloud Cities and Tomás Saraceno’s Visionary Architecture

Tomás Saraceno’s immersive installations are visually arresting spaces that challenge viewers’ relationship to the built world, offering models for the utopian cities of the future. Learn more about Saraceno’s work and his fascinating collaborators.

On William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time

Time—it can be concrete, discrete, arbitrary, or elastic. Artist William Kentridge’s immersive artwork, The Refusal of Time, evokes an embodied history of time while exploding the very notion of how we mark its passage. Learn more about this artwork and the artist's practice.

Citizen Museum

Museums are places of dialogue and diversity, reflection and solace — but they can also be places of historical exclusion, cultural and economic homogeneity, and even protest. How can cultural institutions support art and artists that respond to or amplify dissent? What is the role of the "citizen museum" in a climate as charged as the one we currently find ourselves in? The stories and artists below tackle these and other questions as we think about the United States and the world beyond January 20.

Art and the African American Experience

Artists of color have not traditionally been recognized in Western art history. Today, museums still struggle to make Blackness visible — these artists and their stories explore and challenge ideas of agency, representation, and what it means to be a contemporary artist and a person of color.

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.

Liminality of Form

This issue of Open Space, edited by ARTS.BLACK, takes on Wilmer Wilson's essay "Five Points on Straight Lines" as a point of departure. We are bound by lines; identities framed by sharp parameters of language, politics, nationhood, history. Arbitrary, often, in their composition despite their concrete consequences. Do these lines betray us? What lies on the other side of the rapture of that which is linear? Perhaps it is the fracture, the linebreak itself, that must inform our processes of cartography. Can we punctuate, unravel even, lineage(s) and all ...the seemingly objective forms delineated on a map?

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.

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.

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.

PlaySFMOMA

PlaySFMOMA is a museum initiative that encourages the development of avant-garde and artist-made games. By providing an arena for artists working in this medium, PlaySFMOMA introduces museum audiences to the expressive potential of games.

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.

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.