As we welcomed visitors back to the museum and spotlighted the art of our time both inside the galleries and out, there was much creativity to explore! From the murals of San Francisco’s Mission District to the revival of SFMOMA’s Soapbox Derby, discover our most popular stories of 2022.
Windy Chien and Team I Am the Wheel, 2022; photo: Nikki Richter
This past April, we revived the legendary Soapbox Derby competition, where artists and community members designed their own custom soapbox cars and raced them down the curving hill of McLaren Park. From Oakland-based nonprofit Girl’s Garage to fiber artist Windy Chien, meet the creators of these delightfully unusual vehicles.
Diego Rivera’s America (installation view, SFMOMA, 2022); photo: Matthew Millman
How do you curate an exhibition of one of the most ambitious artists of the twentieth century? We asked guest curator James Oles to share his process organizing Diego Rivera’s America, currently on view through January 3. Learn how Oles and Maria Castro, SFMOMA’s assistant curator of painting and sculpture, structured the presentation, incorporated immovable murals into the galleries, and more!
Aguahoja, 2018 (installation view, SFMOMA); collection of SFMOMA, gift of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; courtesy Neri Oxman and The Mediated Matter Group; © OXMAN, 2021; photo: Matthew Millman Photography
If you stopped by SFMOMA this past spring, the incredible biopolymer pavilions from Nature × Humanity: Oxman Architects likely caught your eye. For sci-fi enthusiasts and environmental advocates alike, this interview with architect Neri Oxman was a hit. Exploring the intersection of sustainability and the built environment, Oxman encourages that “we tune in and really listen to the living systems of the past, so that we might begin to understand how to design for the future.”
Precita Eyes Muralists, Susan Cervantes, Denise Mehan, Pete Anoa’i, Star Carroll-Smith, Tony Parrinello, Nina Eliasoph, Joe Gomez, The Primal Sea, 1980; © 2022 Susan Cervantes; photo: Timothy Drescher
Ever wandered through the Mission District and been enraptured by its murals? This summer, we launched Proyecto Mission Murals, a digital publication exploring the mural–making culture that came to life in 1970s San Francisco. Original essays, oral histories, audio zines, and a 25-minute documentary drummed up enthusiasm among SFMOMA subscribers hungry to learn more about our historic local neighborhood and its art.
Leah Rosenberg, Getting Better Everyday a Color for Bay Area Walls, 2021 (in process); © Leah Rosenberg; photo: Don Ross.
Part self-care exercise, part evolving art project, Leah Rosenberg’s Getting Better Everyday a Color resonated deeply with our readers! In this article and time-lapse video, uncover the touching story of this Bay Area Walls mural, comprised of fifty painted layers embedded with call-to-actions for happiness and healing.
Whether you took an artsy deep dive or learned something new on the fly, these SFMOMA videos drew you in by unpacking art historical moments, opening doors to artist studios, and offering inspiration all year long. Here were your favorites from 2022!
How did artist Emory Douglas become the Minister of Culture and Revolutionay Artist of the Black Panther Party? What makes an artwork courageous, and how can it serve its community? Revisit this inspiring interview with Douglas, which was our most popular video of the year.
Get a little closer to Diego Rivera’s America and the Pan American Unity mural through animations by San Francisco artist Min Heo that explore the traditional fresco process Rivera used to create his iconic public artworks.
Who doesn’t love a sneak peek into an artist’s process? Take a tour of Sadie Barnette’s vibrant West Oakland studio, where you’ll find a holographic couch, color pencil swatches, glittery speaker boxes, and more materials that fuel her multimedia practice.