The Grand Reopening of the SFMOMA
Museum lovers traveling through San Francisco over the past three years have been deprived of one of the country’s most renowned and popular art institutions: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA, for short). That all changes on the 14th of this month, when the SFMOMA reopens its doors after engaging in extensive renovation and, most importantly, expansion. Before the SFMOMA’s doors closed, it had a prestigious reputation. Now, with thousands of more artworks and thousands of more square feet to display them, it’s well-regarded name can only soar even higher.
For the opening celebrations, of which there are a tremendous amount, many newly acquired pieces will be on display, including works by revolutionary and art-world-changing artists like:
- Diane Arbus
- Pablo Picasso
- Jasper Johns
- Robert Rauschenberg
- Gerhard Richter
- Andy Warhol
- Richard Serra
- Ellsworth Kelly
As well as the artworks that are new elements of the permanent collection, the opening celebrations will contain many unique treasures and delights for those who wish to partake in this celebration. On the 14th, the day the museum officially reopens its doors, there will be a ribbon cutting as well as special programming for the SFMOMA and its connected museums around the city, including:
- The Mexican Museum
- The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- The Tenderloin Museum
- The American Bookbinders Museum
- Children’s Creativity Museum
- Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Museum of the African Diaspora
The new SFMOMA is now the largest museum of its kind in the U.S., and where in the past one could spend several hours wandering through its halls, marveling at the unique and astonishing works of art adorning its gallery space, visitors to the new and improved SFMOMA will need to spend several days in the museum if they want to glimpse all the art on display.
Some of the highlights for the new and expanded space are:
- The Pritzker Center for Photography, which holds 17,800 separate photographs.
- A green wall that stretches from Minna to Natoma Street on the outdoor terrace.
- A coffee bar on the third floor.
- A 45,000 square foot gallery on the second floor with classic works by Mark Rothko, Matisse, and Pollock.
The chance to see these artworks all together in one space is a chance that no one has ever had before now, and the return of the SFMOMA to the arts scene of San Francisco is a gift not just to the Bay Area, but to the entire world.