The San Francisco museum for modern and contemporary fine art, housed in a magnificently building designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, shows a wide array of modern arts, from photography, architecture and design, media arts as well as painting and sculpture. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (the Modern was added in the 1970s to reflect its undisputed West Coast stake on contemporary art) bustles most every day of the week and past exhibits have included the photo-perfect paintings of Gerhard Richter and a Marc Chagall exhibit opens this coming July 26th.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a private, not-for-profit institution supported by its members, individual contributors to Donor Circle, corporate and foundation support, federal and state government grants and admission revenues. Annual programming is sustained through the generosity of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and The James Irvine Foundation. Thursday evening half-priced admission is sponsored by Banana Republic. Reduced admission for seniors is sponsored by Pacific Bell. KidstART free admission for children twelve and under is made possible by The Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation. SFMOMA is easily accessible by MUNI, BART, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans and Caltrain. Hourly, daily and monthly parking is available at the SFMOMA Garage at 147 Minna Street. For parking information, call 415.348.0971.
Current Exhibits at SFMOMA | Upcoming Exhibits at SFMOMA
Adults - $18; Seniors (62 years and older) - $13; Students (with current ID) - $11; Kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult - FREE; SFMOMA members - FREE; Active U.S. military and their families* (with valid military ID. Includes active U.S. Coast Guard and activated National Guard or Reservists.) - FREE
Thursday evenings (6pm - 8:45pm) - Half-price admission
First Tuesday of each month - FREE
SFMOMA's world-renowned photography collection includes pictures from the mid-1800s to the present. The current presentation includes a special selection of works by Bay Area photographer and San Francisco State University professor John Gutmann (1905-1998) on the centennial of his birth. A German-born artist who fled the Nazi regime for the United States in 1933, Gutmann intended his photographs as documents of the exotic American culture he saw around him, but they reflect his surrealist tendencies and poetic leanings, as well. Also on view are more than 50 recent acquisitions, pictures that have never been shown at SFMOMA.
Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection Representing movements ranging from Fauvism and Cubism to Pop art and Minimalism, SFMOMA's modern art holdings include paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by some of the 20th century's most celebrated artists. The selection currently on view features works by Josef Albers, Vija Celmins, Bruce Conner, Marcel Duchamp, Philip Guston, Frida Kahlo, Yves Klein, Joan Mitchell, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Charles Sheeler, and Wayne Thiebaud.
Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection In 1959 Robert Rauschenberg said, "Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)" This presentation of the SFMOMA collection is organized around this philosophy. With works from the last five decades, the exhibition emphasizes special concentrations within SFMOMA's contemporary holdings and includes works by Olafur Eliasson, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter, Chris Ofili, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Doris Salcedo, Rachel Whiteread, and Christopher Wool. As part of the exhibition, an audio/video walk by artist Janet Cardiff is also available at the information desk in the Haas Atrium.
The Art of Design: The Architecture and Design Collection SFMOMA's growing architecture and design collection focuses on the areas of architecture, industrial design, and graphic design and features both historical and contemporary works. This broad survey ranges from well-known classics to works by emerging designers, highlighting the collection's strengths in experimental architecture, digital design, and Bay Area innovation. A selection of mid-century modern furnishings designed by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi for American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller complements the exhibition Alexander Girard: Vibrant Modern.
Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection The exhibition will be temporarily closed November 13 to 17, with a new rotation of works opening November 18. SFMOMA's world-renowned photography collection includes pictures from the mid-1800s to the present that capture key moments in the development of the medium and reflect a wide range of practices. Among the highlights of the new installation are a selection of European modernist photographs from the 1920s and 1930s from the Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust and several works by contemporary photographers such as Mitch Epstein.
Ongoing Spotlight Tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: Noon - 12:30 p.m. Meet in the Haas Atrium. These innovative noontime tours bring artists' voices directly to visitors, beginning with a short video clip of a featured artist, then moving into the galleries for viewing and discussion. Free with Museum admission. In conjunction with Matisse and Beyond ...........
Ongoing Daily Tours Daily (except Wednesdays): 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Thursday evenings: 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. Meet in the Haas Atrium Topics change daily for these free tours led by SFMOMA docents. Free with Museum admission. In conjunction with The Art of Richard Tuttle ...........
Ongoing SFMOMA Collection Highlights Available daily In addition to information spotlighting photographs, paintings, and sculptures in the SFMOMA collection, this audio guide includes the musical tour A Few Notes on Modern Art, an exploration of the connections between 20th-century art and music. $3 general. In English or Spanish. Recommended for ages 10 and up. In conjunction with Matisse and Beyond Also in conjunction with Picturing Modernity.