Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 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 ten or more receive special rates, skip the admissions line, and can request a private guided tour.
- On View: Diane Arbus
"diane arbus: in the beginning" is the West Coast debut of the acclaimed exhibition chronicling the first seven years of the photographer's career. Bringing together more than100 photographs from this period, this exhibition offers fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer.
- 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.
- At the New SFMOMA: The Director's Picks
Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab Director, SFMOMA provides his thoughts on key must-see picks at museum. From Mark Rothko's No. 14 and Alexander Calder's Constellation to the Diane Arbus Gallery on Floor 4, the new SFMOMA has seven floors of incredible works of art to explore.
- The New SFMOMA is Here
At long last,the new SFMOMA's spectacular 10-story, Snøhetta-designed museum expansion is open and the global art world is abuzz. It’s now the largest of its kind in the country, a sexy new building and a world-class dining destination.
Photo of the new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA