Recounting her undirected and serendipitous path to becoming an artist, Calle discusses her beginnings in Bolinas, California, and an experimental visit to a cemetery with a camera. She also recalls her first major project, The Sleepers (1979).
Posted on Saturday, August 9th 2014
Ewan Gibbs, discussing San Francisco, a suite of pencil drawings commissioned in 2009.
Posted on Tuesday, July 29th 2014
To #PlayArtfully today, use the power of the sun and the buildings, objects and people around you to create compositions from shadowy shapes.
Artworks for your #MadeintheShade inspiration:
1) Jaromír Funke, Kompozice (Composition), 1927
2) Edward Weston, Dunes, Oceano, 1936
3) Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent, 1923
4) Imogen Cunningham, Martha Graham, 1931
Posted on Monday, July 14th 2014
CLOSING: Public Intimacy at YBCA
Disrupting expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa explores the poetics and politics of the everyday. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change.
The exhibition closes Sunday, June 29.
Posted on Friday, June 27th 2014
As a bouncer at the Catacombs, a seedy nightclub in Cape Town, South Africa, Monk had no formal training as a photographer when he began taking photos. Monk photographed the patrons of the nightclub, capturing intimate moments.
Posted on Sunday, June 8th 2014
From the SFMOMA photography collection: Graciela Iturbide, Magnolia, Juchitán, Oaxaca, México (1986). Born in Mexico in 1942, Iturbide was a founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography, and she continues to live and work in Mexico City.
Posted on Friday, May 9th 2014
A recent #SFMOMAphoto acquisition: Minor White’s Black Cliff & Waves, Matchstick Cove, San Francisco (Song Without Words #20) (1947).
Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014
Have you heard? Come 2016, SFMOMA will have the most space dedicated to photography of any art museum in the United States.
Michael Jang’s untitled photograph (pictured here) from 1972-73 is one of more than 1,000 photographs promised as gifts to SFMOMA’s permanent collection, which the public will be able to enjoy in many new ways thanks to our new photography center.
Posted on Thursday, April 17th 2014
Photographer Stephen Shore is a pioneer in the use of color photography and was a friend of Andy Warhol. A prodigy whose images have endured, his work continues to challenge. His latest collection, From Galilee to the Negev, explores the complexities and contradictions of Israel and the Palestinian territories of the West Bank.
Use the promo code SFMOMA to receive 25% off tickets!
Posted on Saturday, April 12th 2014
BIG NEWS: when our building reopens in 2016, SFMOMA will have the most space dedicated to photography of any art museum in the United States!
· The just-announced Pritzker Center for Photography will allow us to nearly triple the number of permanent collection photographs that are shown at SFMOMA each year.
· The center will feature new special exhibition and enhanced permanent collection galleries, an innovative activity-based interpretive center, and a state-of-the-art print study center.
· As we further expand our commitment to the medium of photography, we are also pleased to announce that our photography collection has grown by more than 500 works since our last Collections Campaign update in 2012 [LINK], bringing the grand total to more than 17,000 works – our largest collection in any medium.
· Representing the pioneering spirit and deep history of our photography program, the Pritzker Center for Photography will make SFMOMA a global destination for anyone with an interest in the medium.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th 2014
Fun fact: Edward Weston was one of the very first artists to be included in SFMOMA’s now-renowned photography collection. In 1946, SFMOMA organized an Edward Weston retrospective – one of the first retrospectives of its kind!
Featured here are just a few works by Weston from the SFMOMA photography collection. See and learn more→
Posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2014