San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward

Edited by Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts

Foreword by Neal Benezra; preface by Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts; essays by Janet Bishop, Apsara DiQuinzio, Roni Feinstein, Rudolf Frieling, Gary Garrels, Alison Gass, Jeff Gunderson, Glen Helfand, Kara Kirk, Tara McDowell, Erin O’Toole, Sandra S. Phillips, Henry Urbach, and Tanya Zimbardo; chronology by Sarah Roberts

448 pages, 10 ½ x 12 ½ inches, hardcover

Published in 2009

Created on the occasion of SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary, this volume is an in-depth record of the museum’s evolution from its founding in 1935. The lavishly illustrated book includes more than 350 large-scale reproductions of outstanding artworks from SFMOMA’s collection, accompanied by fourteen thematic essays that relate key chapters in the museum’s history. Fifty plate entries illuminate the art historical significance of collection cornerstones ranging from Eadweard Muybridge’s Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill of 1878 to Christian Marclay’s Video Quartet of 2002, among numerous other examples of photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and media art.

Conveying the fascinating stories that make up the history of the museum, these insightful contributions are joined by an illustrated chronology that traces defining moments in the museum’s development, through the sweeping cultural and political shifts of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Throughout, extraordinary stories of passionate and committed individuals taking bold leaps of faith come to light, from artists to staff members, trustees, and the museum’s many visitors and audience members.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Anniversary Show, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (December 19, 2009–January 16, 2011)

ISBN 9780918471833 (hardcover)