The wait is finally over! After being physically shuttered for 100 days, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is celebrating its official reopening with a free Community Day on March 7.
Residents who are lucky enough to snag a timed ticket will be among the first to explore the museum’s brand-new exhibitions and commissions, several of which were inspired by the events of 2020.
Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis showcases seven local artists’ imaginative responses to the pandemic. New Work: Charles Gaines explores the history of racism in the United States by returning to the 1857 Dred Scot Decision. Gaines is not only a Black artist, but also a revered educator at California Institute of the Arts, where he recently established the Charles Gaines Fellowship to support Black students in the Master of Fine Arts program.
And then there are the poignant photo-based projects by artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell. Commissioned by SFMOMA, the works of art respond to the murals that were created in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. They join works of art by Liz Hernádez, Muzae Sesay, and the Twin Walls Company to form the ongoing series Bay Area Walls.
Returning visitors will also be able to enjoy the tranquil galleries, airy terraces, kid-friendly spaces, and world-class artwork they have come to love over the years. All within a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment.
To reserve a timed ticket, learn more about COVID-19 safety measures, and preview exhibitions, please visit SFMOMA’s Visitor’s Toolkit.
SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA
Liz Hernández, Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro (A spell for the healing of our future), 2020: commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, courtesy the artist; photo: Katherine Du Tiel, courtesy SFMOMA [an image of one of SFMOMA’s Bay Area Walls artist commissions]
Visitors at SFMOMA, 2020; photo: Jennifer Gonzalez courtesy SFMOMA