Plan your day at SFMOMA with this list of not-to-miss highlights. Start at the top on Floor 7 with a bold look at contemporary art from China in Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Work your way downstairs to Floor 6 and take in the distinctive design of the Sea Ranch community, or check out the mesmerizing work of Vija Celmins on Floor 4. Relax and reflect at one of our artisanal eateries. Stop by the store for a quick browse before you go!
Bracketed by the 1989 crackdown on the student protest movement in Tiananmen Square and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Art and China after 1989 is a fresh interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art that presents the work of some sixty artists and collectives who lived both in China and abroad during those two turbulent decades. Discover how artists such as Cao Fei, Huang Yong Ping, and Ai Weiwei responded to the sweeping social transformation that has brought China to the center of the global conversation.
Don’t miss this groundbreaking survey of contemporary Chinese art, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in North America.
From family-friendly, California-fusion fare at Cafe 5 to Michelin-star dining at In Situ, there’s a wide range of options for anyone looking to fuel up during their visit. In the mood for something lighter? Stop by Sightglass for Instagram-worthy coffee creations and treats — now with a second location in our free public space (museum admission is not required).
Distinctive architecture, uninhibited ocean views, bold supergraphics, shared open space, and meditative tranquility — these were the beginnings of The Sea Ranch, a beacon of 1960s Modernism on the Northern California coast. Through original sketches, photographs, and models, see how Sea Ranch’s idealistic principles of good design, economy of space, and harmony with nature continue to influence architecture and design.
Take a piece of the museum home with you! Curated as carefully as our exhibitions, the Museum Store has an amazing collection of books, home goods, jewelry, toys, and more—it’s the perfect one-stop shop. The best part is, every purchase supports SFMOMA’s exhibitions and education programs.
Take a closer look at Vija Celmins’s work in the global debut of Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. Known for her meticulously detailed renderings of the physical world — including oceans, deserts, and night skies — the artist distills vast natural landscapes into mesmerizing small-scale artworks. Featuring nearly 150 pieces spanning Celmins’s career, this exhibition is the first North American retrospective of her work in more than twenty-five years.