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.
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.
Insist, Resist, Persist: Selections from the Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy Collection of Women's Liberation Posters from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s
As one of the founders of the field of women’s studies, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy has been a pioneering force in feminist and lesbian scholarship and social anthropology in the United States. Opening October 3, this selection of activist graphics from the Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy Collection of Women’s Liberation Posters addresses themes of reproductive freedom, sexual assault, and pay equity, and celebrates the solidarity, uprisings, and social movements that have grown out of these struggles, such as the LGBTQ+ liberation movement and International Women’s Day. The prints amplify pertinent messages against oppression and inequality that are crucial to building an equitable society.