Internationally Renowned: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
For many decades, artists from all across the globe have come to call San Francisco home or, if not, to at least benefit massively from the city’s intense engagement with art and those who make it. One of the most influential and important art institutions in the city, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (known as SFMOMA), has alone done enough to garner the City by the Bay its far-reaching reputation as a haven for artists.
Due to its popularity and the size of its collection, SFMOMA recently underwent a massive expansion. When it reopened in May of 2016, it was with more than twice the amount of gallery space. With 170,000 square feet dedicated to displaying artworks, SFMOMA is now one of the largest museums in the country as well as being one of the largest in the world dedicated solely to modern and contemporary art.
While the size is impressive enough, the collection held at SFMOMA proves why it is widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world. Masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, William Eggleston, and Tokujin Yoshioka are to be found in the collection alongside special rotating exhibitions that focus more specifically on one artist or theme.
Currently on view at SFMOMA are exhibits such as:
- Far Out: Suits, Has, and Labs for Outer Space: Running until January 20th, this exhibit focuses on the ways in which architects, designers, and artists have imagined how life in outer space might be sustained. This exhibit includes lab designs, space suit prototypes, sketches for celestial homes and environments and films dedicated to the subject.
- Soft Power: Focusing on the intersection between artist and citizen, Soft Power, takes the Reganite imperialist term and repurposes it to explore the ways that art can help change the world rather than exploit it.
A massive endeavor by twenty international artists, Soft Power features numerous different exhibitions on two different floors of the museum. As well as the visual artworks (which include film, photography, and plastic arts among other things) the exhibit will feature additional attractions such as artist talks and symposiums.