An art free-for-all

Roberts Family Gallery featuring Richard Serra’s Sequence (2006) at SFMOMA; photo: © Henrik Kam

Free to See

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.

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.

Follow the massive, interlocking curves of Richard Serra’s Sequence in the Roberts Family Gallery.


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


Get a glimpse into the lives of two of Mexico’s most treasured artists with Frida Kahlo’s magnetic wedding portrait, Frieda and Diego, hanging on the angled title wall for Open Ended on Floor 2.

Explore feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness, difficulty, and antagonism as you take in the twenty-seven drawings that comprise Amy Sillman’s Untitled.

Release your inner child with Isamu Noguchi’s Play Sculpture at the entrance on Howard Street.

Isamu Noguchi, Play Sculpture, c. 1975, fabricated 2017; courtesy The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Public Knowledge

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.