The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art, and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. The museum’s current collection includes over 33,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. They are displayed in 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2) of exhibition space, making the museum one of the largest in the United States overall, and one of the largest in the world for modern and contemporary art.

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  • Sun Pictures: Henry Fox Talbot and the First Photographs | Pioneers of Photography
    The invention of the photograph, in 1839, would forever change the way people looked at the world. But this extraordinary breakthrough cannot be credited to a single individual—while William Henry Fox Talbot labored quietly in England, Louis Daguerre toiled separately in France, with the announcements of their discoveries coming weeks apart. Learn about the unusual pursuit that led Talbot to his c...
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  • Art Is...Collaboration | SFMOMA Shorts
    Miranda July, Harrell Fletcher, and members of Ant Farm and Futurefarmers discuss their experiences working with fellow artists. They describe the joys and benefits of making art as collectives, partners, and collaborators.
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  • Peaks and Perils: The Life of Carleton Watkins | SFMOMA Shorts
    In the 1860s Carleton Watkins loaded a team of mules with his mammoth-plate camera and glass negatives and ventured into Yosemite Valley. The pictures he made there helped lay the foundation for American landscape photography, before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroyed much of his life’s work. Delve into the extraordinary tale of an artist nearly obliterated from history.
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  • Art Is… Completed by the Viewer | SFMOMA Shorts
    Artists Liz Deschenes, Richard Tuttle, John Baldessari, and Teresita Fernández describe the importance of viewer participation in their work. They reflect onthe blurred line between spectator and maker; as Deschenes explains, when aviewer is lost in her work, “That’s where the magic is.”
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  • Artist Cribs: Jim Campbell’s Illuminated Studio
    Artist Jim Campbell shows us around his San Francisco studio, where he experiments with a variety of LED lights for his electronic sculptures. See prototypes and early versions of some of his large-scale pieces.
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  • Art Is… Inspiration | SFMOMA Shorts
    Artists share personal stories about being inspired by other artists. Seeking out these sources of inspiration shaped them as artists, and empowered them throughout their careers. As Tony Oursler reflects, “I built my identity on other artists. I’m a sponge.” Learn more about the featured artists at SFMOMA.org. Ewan Gibbs: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/ewan-gibbs-on-his-san-francisco-drawings/ F...
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  • Artists ♥ Sci-Fi: Dora García | SFMOMA Shorts
    Artist Dora García shares how her creative practice was influenced by dystopic science fiction—including books by Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury and the film Blade Runner (1982). She describes how the genre inspired her to experiment with hyperreality in her own work.
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  • Artists ♥ Garage Sales: Vik Muniz | SFMOMA Shorts
    Brazilian artist Vik Muniz describes moving to the United States in 1983 and the surprising delight he found in going to garage sales. He talks about how they helped him understand the ways Americans behave and communicate—and turned up objects that would serve as inspirations for his art.
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  • Artists ♥ San Francisco: Rigo 23 | SFMOMA Shorts
    Rigo 23 reflects on his early days in San Francisco’s Mission District. He describes the sense of endless possibility he felt when living as an artist in the rapidly changing neighborhood in the 1990s. Learn more about Rigo 23 on SFMOMA.org: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/have-you-seen-my-bird-rigo-23s-found-lost-bird-posters/
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  • Art Is… Capturing a Slice of Life | SFMOMA Shorts
    Three photographers from three different continents explore whether their medium accurately captures “truth” or “reality.” David Goldblatt, Daniela Rossell, and Sophie Calle reflect on this question and what they see when they photograph the world in front of them.
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