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.
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.
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.
Hop across the street and gaze up at Aram Bartholl’s massive red geolocation pin installed atop the museum. The thirty-foot-tall sculpture Map transforms a recognizable digital symbol into one with monumental physical presence, marking the overlap between the Internet and real life. Map is part of the exhibition snap+share on Floor 3, opening March 30.
Release your inner child with Isamu Noguchi’s Play Sculpture at the entrance on Howard Street.
Take a road trip through Wayne Thiebaud’s Valley Streets as you enter the Interpretive Gallery (adjacent to the Ticketing Desk) on Floor 2.
Curl up with a good book at the Public Knowledge Library, a temporary branch of the San Francisco Public Library housed in our Koret Education Center.
The Public Knowledge Library serves as the main hub for Public Knowledge, a series of artist projects, research collaborations, and programs designed to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change and build new connections between ideas, individuals, and communities.