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SFMOMA: Time to think outside the building.

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SFMOMA On the GoAs part of the next phase of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s expansion project, the museum has gone beyond its walls and directly into the community with extensive off-site programming.

While its building is temporarily closed for construction from the summer of 2013 to early 2016, SFMOMA will present a dynamic slate of jointly organized and traveling museum exhibitions, outdoor and site-specific installations, and newly created education programs that will unfold throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Throughout the approximately two-and-a-half- year span leading up to the inauguration of the new building, SFMOMA will experiment with new ideas, engage in dialogue with a range of cultural partners, and create innovative ways for audiences to experience the museum’s collection. SFMOMA will be “On the go” presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area featuring works drawn either entirely or in part from their extensive collections.

SFMOMA On the Go Exhibitions

On the Go thematic exhibitions will include both iconic and lesser-seen works.

At partner venues, SFMOMA’s major thematic exhibitions will include both iconic and lesser-seen works from all areas of the museum’s holdings. Current museum partners include:

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • The Asian Art Museum
  • Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • UC Berkeley Art Museum
  • Pacific Film Archive

“SFMOMA is more than just a building,”says SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “We’re a set of intersecting cultural communities.

As we re-imagine our new home, we’re also rethinking who we want to be in the future, and what better way to find inspiration than in conversation with others.

We look forward to fully exploring what it means to be a museum during this phase, while broadening access to our collection in ways that foster a sense of community ownership of the collective cultural riches of the city and celebrate the creative spirit of the region.”


Exhibition categories scheduled through Summer 2014 include:

  • Bay Area Museum Partnerships
  • Special Presentation of SFMOMA’s Collection
  • Outdoor Commissions and Site-Specific Installations
  • Traveling Photography Exhibitions around the State
  • Education and Public Programs

“We’re tremendously excited to work with all our museum partners,” says SFMOMA Curator of Painting and Sculpture Janet Bishop, who is leading the museum’s off-site initiative. “Our construction period offers an opportunity to really extend our reach in a variety of new ways.”

To learn more about SFMOMA’s major expansion project which will open in 2016, just visit the SFMOMA site.

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