Friday, February 5, 2010

A Visit to SFMOMA

San Francisco is a city with fantastic museums, and yesterday I spent the day at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).  Housed in a striking marble-clad building, SFMOMA's collection encompasses more than 7,000 pieces dated from 1900 to the present including pieces by Henri Matisse, William de Kooning, and Georges Braque as well as Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, and Jackson Pollock.  The collection is diverse and thought-provoking.

This year marks the SFMOMA's 75th year, and to celebrate the museum is mounting a variety of exhibits marking the museum's origins and contributions to the city of San Francisco.  As I wandered the five floors, I was particularly taken by The View from Here, an exhibit of photography.  I am a fan of historic photography, and I was thrilled to take in images of Yosemite from the 1800's and panoramas of pre-earthquake San Francisco hung in the same room.  Work by Dorthea Lange, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ansel Adams hung amidst that of their contemporaries forming an exhibit with accessible bite. 

The Gypsy’s Essentials

  • Location: on Third Street between Mission and Howard
  • Price: $15 per person; students and seniors get discounted tickets for $9 with ID; children under 12 are free
  • Who will love it?: photographers, architects and anyone interested in cool-looking buildings filled with modern art;
  • Notes: SFMOMA has great resources for visiting families. Stop by the Koret Visitor Education Center on the 2nd floor for handouts and child-centered activities to enrich a family visit to the museum.  SFMOMA also currently offers two iPhone tours -- apps that offer a guided tour through parts of the museum's collection: the Rooftop Garden iPhone Tour and the Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile Tour. Visit the iPhone app store for more details. 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: 415.357.4000

Getting there:
The museum has a reasonably-priced parking garage if you are planning to drive.  I parked for nearly four hours for $9 (yes, that's reasonable in San Francisco).  The cheaper, greener alternative, however, is mass transit.  SFMOMA is accessible via bus and BART lines.  Check the museum website for more details.

* Bonus Points if you can find Waldo while visiting SFMOMA! 

Welcome to all of you who are joining me from's Photo Friday

A note of congratulations!  This week the SFMOMA announced that they have raised $250 million so far in their expansion campaign.  When they reach their goal, $480 million, the museum will build a large addition offering more exhibition space and will house the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.
Read more: SF MOMA Raises $250 million in 6 months


Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

It is a great museum. We always try to make a trip to SFMOMA whenever we visit family in the Bay area.

ebetancourt said...

I would venture that it's not only good for art lovers, as the SF MOMA doesn't only house traditional art. For instance, this is The Place where I first saw Duchamp's "Fountain" (okay, a replica, as the original was lost), which is, of course, a urinal without any kind of decoration, adornment, camoflage, etcetera. The SF MOMA is, I would say, a place to better understand modern, western human history through the lense of aesthetics. EVERYONE should go!

Angela K. Nickerson said...

@ebetancourt: I am with you. This was my first visit, and I'm excited to go back and dig deeper. It's a fabulous place!

@Dimsum: next time you're in town, we should have a tweetup there! :)

jessiev said...

very cool! i need to go....

Caitlin @ Roaming Tales said...

I agree, it's a fab museum! My husband and I have membership. I loved the Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams exhibition last year, and the Richard Avedon exhibition was good too. I also love the roof garden - and the fact they sell Bluebottle coffee!

Dominique said...

I know I would love this museum, and I'd love the photography exhibit you saw as I have a real thing for vintage photography.
We saw the Avedon exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts--loved it, too.

Lilibeth said...

My husband and I discovered SFMOMA the last time we were in the Bay. It was one of my favorite stops.

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