Last updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Markus Schinwald
    Markus Schinwald
    September 09 December 13, 2014
    On view at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
    This exhibition by Austrian artist Markus Schinwald (b. 1973) marks his first major commission for a U.S. institution. The site-responsive installation at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will include an architectural intervention that changes the physical and psychological potential of the gallery, providing a display apparatus for Schinwald’s paintings and sculptures. Part of SFMOMA’s On the Go program, the exhibition continues the museum’s long-standing New Workseries, which was conceived as a means to feature the most innovative expressions of contemporary art. For the Wattis, this project inaugurates a new exhibition program developed by its recently appointed director, Anthony Huberman. Markus Schinwald is co-curated by Huberman and Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA; it is the first exhibition collaboratively organized by the two institutions.Press release  |  Press images

  • Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
    Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
    September 11, 2014 June 14, 2015
    On view at the Bakersfield Museum of Art
    September 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
    On view at the Haggin Museum, Stockton
    April 16, 2015 – June 14, 2015
    Featuring approximately 100 photographs, this exhibition reveals a distinctively rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. The show begins with works from the medium’s first artistic flowering in the wake of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and goes on to explore the explosion of the illustrated press at midcentury; the documentary investigations of cultural traditions and urban politics that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s; and more recent considerations of urban life and globalization. Photography in Mexico includes work by Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Graciela Iturbide, Elsa Medina, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others.Press release  |  Press images

  • Fertile Ground
    Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California
    September 20, 2014 April 12, 2015
    On view at the Oakland Museum of California
    Fertile Ground will bring together art and archival materials from the collections of SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) to present the stories of four creative communities active in Northern California between the 1930s and the present. Focusing on the local conditions that have allowed art to flourish, the exhibition will interweave the histories and friendships of artists, collectors, curators, and other individual and institutional collaborators, against a backdrop of transformative social change in California. The four featured communities will comprise: the circle of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in 1930s San Francisco; the California School of Fine Arts in the immediate postwar period; the studio art department at UC Davis in the 1970s; and the Mission scene that took root in the 1990s through the present. Artists in the exhibition include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and Margaret Kilgallen, among others. Fertile Ground is curated by Drew Johnson, curator of photography and visual culture and René de Guzman, senior curator of art at OMCA, with Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, and Peter Samis, associate curator of interpretation, at SFMOMA.Press release  |  Press images

  • The Provoke Era
    The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA
    October 12, 2014 February 01, 2015
    On view at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
    October 12, 2014 – February 1, 2015
    On view at the UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
    March 28 – August 15, 2015​
    SFMOMA has been actively acquiring the work of internationally recognized artists including Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Shōmei Tōmatsu since the 1970s, assembling one of the world’s preeminent collections of Japanese photography. This exhibition begins with the avant-garde tradition that emerged in Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s and explores its influence on the diverse photographic practices that continue today. The tumultuous period following World War II provided fertile ground for a generation of Japanese photographers who responded to societal upheaval by creating a new visual language dubbed “Are, Bure, Boke”—rough, blurred, and out of focus. Named for the magazine Provoke, which sought to break the rules of traditional photography, this exhibition traces how Japanese photographers responded to their country’s shifting social and political atmosphere.
  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    May 08 September 27, 2015
    On view at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
    Featuring approximately 30 artworks, Portraits and Other Likenesses will demonstrate how artists from the early 20th century to our own time have negotiated a vast array of European, African, and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait. On view in the newly renovated galleries at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Portraits and Other Likenesses will feature paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos from SFMOMA, many of them recently acquired and on view for the first time as part of the collection. The exhibition situates key historical artworks by Romare Bearden, Sargent Johnson, Seydou Keita, and Wifredo Lam in dialogue with recent works by living artists including Njideka Akunyili, Dawoud Bey, Nick Cave, Mildred Howard, Glenn Ligon, Rodrigo Moya, Chris Ofili, Paula Santiago, Yinka Shonibare, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others. Together, the works assembled demonstrate that as people move between geographies, meanings change too. There is perhaps no clearer evidence of this than the history of the modern portrait, which has evolved from a form of personal identification, to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and vanity as it is in the sheer description of physical features. Portraits and Other Likenesses is curated by Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, deputy director and director of curatorial affairs at MoAD; Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA; and Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA.

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