The SFAI Legacy

The San Francisco Art Institute is the first fine arts college west of the Mississippi, and for nearly 150 years it has been an incubator for innovative, sometimes subversive, artwork and artists. Dorothea Lange, Sargent Johnson, Joan Brown, and other luminaries all found a place there.

As the school faces an uncertain future, SFMOMA has pulled together a selection of videos and written pieces focused on alumni and former faculty. By no means comprehensive, this rotating collection offers just a peek at the critical role the school continues to play in shaping contemporary arts in the Bay Area and beyond.