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 that offer a great introduction to the art for our time.
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Marvel at the two vast panels of Julie Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I, II), an exploration of the American West, created from luminous layers of paint and topped with tangles of abstract gestures and graffiti-esqe marks in the Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Atrium on Floor 1.
Follow the massive, interlocking curves of Richard Serra’s Sequence in the Roberts Family Gallery. Want to dive deeper? Uncover the secrets of this steel sculpture during one of our free public tours.
Let Sol LeWitt’s joyous Wall Drawing 895: Loopy Doopy (white and blue) wash over you from the soaring walls of Helen and Charles Schwab Hall.
Ponder Chris Johanson’s seriously playful I Do Not Know but Am Open to Learning on Floor 2, near the entrance at Howard Street.
Find what’s missing on Floor 2, next to the Ticketing Desk, with Rigo 23’s Found “Lost Bird” Posters.
Image: Julie Mehretu, HOWL, eon (I, II), 2017 (installation view, SFMOMA); commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; collection SFMOMA, gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © Julie Mehretu; photo: Matthew Millman Photography
Soundtracks, the museum’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art, features works from more than twenty artists. Check out these free-to-see works as part of this unforgettable show.
Open your ears and explore the neighborhood with Christina Kubisch's Electrical Walks San Francisco (pick up headphones on Floor 1).
Transport yourself into Guy Ben Ner’s Tel Aviv apartment via Soundtrack, his video reenactment of eleven minutes of Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.
Image: Christina Kubisch, Electrical Walks San Francisco, 2017; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Christina Kubisch; photo: Katherine Du Tiel