SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces — no ticket required. There are a number of artworks on Floors 1 and 2 (and some surprises just outside) that offer a great introduction to the art for our time.
Diego Rivera's Pan American Unity
Rivera painted The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent, commonly known as Pan American Unity, in 1940. Measuring twenty-two by seventy-four feet and weighing over sixty thousand pounds, the fresco celebrates the artists, artisans, architects, and inventors who use art and technology as tools to shape society.
Rivera painted the fresco not on a wall, but on ten steel-framed cement panels, making it the largest portable mural he ever created. More than half a century after its creation, local and international experts spent years planning its move: In partnership with CCSF, we present Rivera’s Pan American Unity in the museum’s free-to-the-public Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1 through Summer 2023.
Julie Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017) is an expansive exploration of the American West — its transcendent landscapes and violent colonial history. Created as part of SFMOMA’s new art commissioning program, this site-specific diptych’s two vast abstract canvases flank the main staircase in the soaring Haas, Jr. Atrium, which is freely accessible to the public.