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Vija Celmins

To Fix the Image in Memory
December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019
Vija Celmins’s subtle, exquisitely detailed “redescriptions” of the physical world—including oceans, desert floors, and night skies—distill vast, expansive distances into mesmerizing, small-scale artworks.

Wayne Thiebaud

Artist's Choice: September 29, 2018—March 17, 2019
Paintings and Drawings: September 29, 2018—April 28, 2019
Northern California–based artist Wayne Thiebaud’s own work is featured alongside paintings by others that he personally selected from SFMOMA’s collection.

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

February 23, 2019–April 28, 2019
This selection of small-scale designs includes graphic ephemera created for SFMOMA, drawings of green architecture, and pithy illustrations from recent artist books.

Public Knowledge: Take Part

January 25, 2019–April 28, 2019
Led by the artist duo Bik Van der Pol, Take Part anchors expansive conversations about San Francisco’s past, present, and future to a physical object: a thousand-square-foot scale model of the city circa 1938.

Johannes Brus

October 27, 2018–May 26, 2019
The first U.S. solo presentation of German artist Johannes Brus, this exhibition introduces his photographic experiments from the 1970s.

Louis Stettner

Traveling Light
October 27, 2018–May 26, 2019
A retrospective of American photographer Louis Stettner and his unique ability to unite American street photography’s boldness with French humanism’s gentler gaze.

The Sea Ranch

Architecture, Environment, and Idealism
December 22, 2018–June 2, 2019
A beacon of 1960s Northern California Modernism, The Sea Ranch’s idealistic principles of architectural excellence, economy of space, and land stewardship continue to inspire.

New Work: Rodney McMillian

February 9, 2019–June 9, 2019
A new installation by Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian, whose work addresses issues of class, race, and gender in American political and social history.

Louise Bourgeois Spiders

October 7, 2017–July 14, 2019
Dark and compelling spider sculptures from intimate to monumental in scale.

Paul Klee and Anni Albers

March 23, 2019–August 4, 2019
Explore the bold linear and geometric constructions of Bauhaus artists Paul Klee and Anni Albers through vibrant pieces across a range of media ― including weaving, painting, and drawing.

Elemental Calder

February 16, 2019–June 28, 2020
This exhibition explores the way the natural world, such as the movement of the sea and the swaying of the wind, provided subject matter and inspiration for many of Alexander Calder’s mobiles.

Julie Mehretu

HOWL, eon (I, II)
Ongoing
Julie Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017) is an expansive exploration of the American West — its transcendent landscapes and violent colonial history.

German Art After 1960

Ongoing
This exhibition features single-artist galleries devoted to leading German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter.

Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

Ongoing
This exhibition of works from the 1960s and beyond features Pop and Minimal artists, as well as the work of key figures exploring the human form as subject.

Approaching American Abstraction

Ongoing
This exhibition of selected American artists explores the diverse approaches to abstraction developed since 1950.

Open Ended

Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now
Ongoing
This presentation of masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s collection of painting and sculptures explores themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the early twentieth century to our own time.
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