Why You Should Visit the New and Improved SFMOMA
In 2016 there will be a new face to modern art in San Francisco – yet it will feel so familiar at the same time. In the midst of a complete transformation, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is ready to pave the way for the city’s renewed arts and culture scene. While it doesn’t officially open until May 14, 2016, here are a few reasons to mark your calendars and start planning a trip to San Francisco.
Bigger and better building with much more to see.
In addition to housing three times the previous exhibition space, the new building itself is worth marveling at. Inspired by a combination of waves, the iconic San Francisco waterfront and the Bay’s infamous fog, the building aptly reflects the cool, fog-laced climate of the city. With entrances on Third, Howard and Minna Streets, you’ll have plenty of ways to access the new street-level gallery with 25-foot high glass walls, that will be open to the public and free of charge.
It will be home to the largest photography center in the country.
The new SFMOMA will house the largest exhibition space for photography and be among the most advanced photographic arts centers of any art museum in the United States. Named after its lead benefactors, the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography will occupy more than 15,500 sq. ft. on the museum’s 3rd floor. This new space will nearly triple the current amount of space for photography at SFMOMA, extending the museum’s rich history of groundbreaking engagement with and commitment to the medium.
The coveted Fisher Collection will be displayed publicly for the first time.
The partnership began years ago, and the coveted art collection that Mayor Newsom calls “a gift for the ages” will finally find its home in a special wing at the new and improved SFMOMA. During the 1970s, Doris and Donald Fisher, the founders of Gap, began collecting artwork for the offices of the company they founded. What started out as a hobby blossomed into a full-blown collection that includes prints, paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs and other media spanning different movements and time periods. The new SFMOMA is the only place you can see one of the greatest private art collections in the world, which includes some 1,100 works by leading artists including Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Anselm Kiefer, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among many others.
Eat some of the best meals from around the globe at In Situ.
Opening along with the new SFMOMA is In Situ, a new restaurant from Michelin-three-starred chef, Corey Lee. Like the very museum it lives in, In Situ will “curate” a menu of dishes from recipes contributed by more than 80 chefs from around the world. Participant chefs include René Redzepi, Alice Waters and Thomas Keller just to name a few.
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