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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  • 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.

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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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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  • 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...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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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.

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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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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  • 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 ♥ Football: Matthew Barney | SFMOMA Shorts

    Artist Matthew Barney describes how his experience as an athlete shaped his early work. He discusses his project Drawing Restraint (1987–ongoing), which includes overt and subtle references to football and the culture of organized sports.

  • SFMOMA VJs: Jessalyn's Songs for Protest Playlist | SFMOMA Shorts

    Question, analyze, and think about the world as you listen to the many shades of musical protest with SFMOMA VJ Jessalyn Aaland. Check out the playlist here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF6q6XKKrik&list=PL6LAgXLAqTH-St9XSSJXbnVFWcYQNDMd9

  • Art Is… Revolutionizing the Museum | SFMOMA Shorts

    Artists AA Bronson, Stephanie Syjuco, and Hans Haacke discuss the question of whether the museum is “over” and the complicated relationship between their work and the institution. They describe how they and other artists used their practice to break down barriers and reinvent the museum in the late twentieth century. Learn more about the featured artists at SFMOMA.org. AA Bronson: https://www.sf...

  • SFMOMA VJs: Joseph's Blood and Bile Playlist | SFMOMA Shorts

    We dare you to watch Joseph Becker's compilation of great moments in horror and gore. Happy Halloween!

  • Bruce Conner: It’s All True

    Bruce Conner was many things, among them a filmmaker, a mixed-media artist, a Beat, a punk, and a notorious prankster. In this collage of rare archival footage, Bruce Conner discusses how, as an artist, he can’t be pinned down and doesn’t want to be. Decades after his groundbreaking work first appeared, it’s still all true.

  • Artist Cribs: Fred Wilson’s Curious Collections | SFMOMA Shorts

    Sculptor Fred Wilson shows us around his Brooklyn studio. Watch him “play” with his extensive collection of tchotchkes, including old toys, food items, bizarre masks, and more. Learn more about Fred Wilson at SFMOMA.org: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/fred-wilson-on-degradaria/

  • SFMOMA VJs: Josh's Art, Comedy, or None of the Above Playlist | SFMOMA Shorts

    Will you be amused, bemused or confused by Josh's playlist of ambiguous performances?

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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  • 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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