Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), with enhanced gallery, education, and public spaces, opened on May 14, 2016. The Snøhetta-designed expansion, which incorporates the renovated Mario Botta building that opened in 1995, includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries tailored to the collection, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman and numerous others, along with postwar and contemporary artworks from the renowned Doris and Donald Fisher Collection and an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, free access to 45,000 square feet of the ground floor galleries, and free admission for visitors age 18 and under, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to the city than ever before. Groups of 10 or more receive special rates, skip the admissions line, and can request a private guided tour.
- Walker Evans
SFMOMA is the exclusive United States venue for a retrospective on one of the 20th century's preeminent American photographers, Walker Evans. Work from his 50-year career will be on display Sept. 30 through Feb. 4.
- Erasing the Rules
On view Nov. 18 through March 25 is the West Coast exclusive, "Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules." This is the first retrospective of this acclaimed contemporary artist's career in nearly 20 years.
- How to See SFMOMA in One Day
Short on time but keen on art? You may be wondering how to tackle the museum's 170,000 square feet of galleries if you only have one day. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of a single visit based on advice from SFMOMA staffers.
- Art of the Meal
While enjoying the modern and contemporary art on display at SFMOMA, visitors can also take advantage of innovative dining options from local-based coffee to California fusion with a view, to re-imagined fine dining with dishes that are works of art unto themselves.
Photo of the new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA