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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  • "Photographer Rinko Kawauchi discusses her interest in the small mysteries of everyday life, which she explores in her series Utatane (2001). She explains why she was drawn to the sublime beauty of the controlled burning of grasslands in Japan for her series Ametsuchi (2012–13), and reflects on how her photography comes from a state between dreams and waking." This video originally appeared on sf...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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  • Artist Tiffany Chung was commissioned to produce intricate maps of six different international cities for SFMOMA's 2012 exhibition Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art. Chung describes researching cities that have gone through war, conflict, and disaster, including San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Tiffany C...

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  • A pioneer of institutional critique, artist Hans Haacke creates conceptual works that expose connections among money, art, and politics. Haacke recounts the realizations that inspired him to demystify the relationships between art and the outside world, as in his SFMOMA collection work News (1969). This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as "Hans Haacke: Fighting the establishment”

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  • Photographer An-My Lê, who grew up in Saigon during the Vietnam War, describes her series Small Wars (1999–2002) and 29 Palms (2003–4). She discusses how contemporary landscape photography can be used to present more than just scenery; it can illuminate culture, architecture, and social and political issues that citizens are concerned with today. This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “A...

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  • Artist Lamia Joreige explores in her work the cultural impact of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90). For her film Here and Perhaps Elsewhere (2003), she walked the (now) invisible Green Line that divided Beirut for more than a decade of war, asking strangers if they knew anyone who was kidnapped during the conflict. Their responses disrupt the silence surrounding the wartime missing that continues t...

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  • During the late 1970s and 1980s, Susan Meiselas photographed the violent civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. She explains the graphic and disturbing stories behind specific gruesome images, and speaks more broadly about the ethics and responsibilities of a photographer documenting and engaging with history. his video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as "Susan Meiselas on ‘the ethics of see...

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  • Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué discusses his video work The Pixelated Revolution (2012), which explores how death is presented in images of the Syrian Civil War. He reflects on the phenomenon of activists and civilians using cell phones as recording devices that, in many cases, capture the final moments of eye contact between assassin and victim. This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Rabi...

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  • Artist Lamia Joreige researched the sieges, relics, occupations, and natural disasters of Beirut from 1200 BCE through 2010 CE to create Beirut, Autopsy of a City (2010). The work — a timeline that documents Beruit's past and speculates on its future — reflects both the city's violent and turbulent history and the sweetness that Joreige finds in her daily life there. This video originally appeare...

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  • Artist Yto Barrada discusses the complex realities of life in Tangier, a city on the northern coast of Morocco, along the Strait of Gibraltar. Barrada visually explores this subject in her photographic series A Life Full of Holes: The Strait Project (1998–2004). This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Yto Barrada on how the Strait of Gibraltar shapes life in Tangier”

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  • Artist Jananne Al-Ani discusses how war reportage has contributed to Western representations of the Middle East as a largely uninhabited desert region. Her work Shadow Sites II (2011) presents aerial views of a range of ancient and modern sites in southern Jordan, demonstrating millennia of human occupation. This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Jananne Al-Ani on the Middle Eastern la...

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  • Photographer Kikuji Kawada discusses Chizu (The Map) (1960–65), his series on the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, the Japanese military, and the post–World War II economic boom in Japan. He describes how he was able to capture sublime and sometimes terrifying aspects of these subjects through abstracted detail. This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Kikuji Kawada on the Atomic Bomb Dome ...

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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  • Man Ray began making photographs in the 1920s, in the midst of the Dada movement. Through an accident in the darkroom, he soon discovered a new means of creating photos without a camera. Meet the artist who committed “crimes against chemistry and photography,” as he described it, and produced some of the most memorable and iconic pictures of his time.

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  • 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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