The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), closed for an expansion project since June 2013, reopens its doors on May 14 and celebrates the event with its neighbours in the Yerba Buena district with a day of performances and free entrance to nearby museums.
One of the museum’s newest neighbors, moving in across the street at 657 Howard, is Larry Gagosian, the international art dealer with a chain of galleries from Beverly Hills to Hong Kong. Another major dealer, John Berggruen, says he plans to move his San Francisco gallery south across Market and Mission next door to Gagosian.
The Yerba Buena district -- and the larger South of Market area in which it is located -- was redeveloped in the 1980s, with SFMOMA opening there in 1993. Here are some suggestions for other local art spots in addition to the newly reopened SFMOMA (opening-day tickets have sold out, though) and the new Gagosian outpost, which opens on May 18.
The Campaign for Art: May 14 to September 18
The museum ran a fundraising campaign from 2009 to 2015 to acquire modern and contemporary works that increased its collection by ten percent. The exhibition shows some of the works that SFMOMA was able to buy thanks to the campaign, including works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys, Diane Arbus, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Nam June Paik.
California and the West: May 14 to September 5
The photographs in the exhibition also come from the Campaign for Art, and range from the early days of photography in the late 19th century to the present. With works by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Ed Ruscha, Edward Weston and others.
In Yerba Buena
Larry Gagosian opens his new San Francisco gallery across the street from SFMOMA with “Plane.Site” (May 18 to August 27), a show that looks at the “dynamic exchanges between drawing and sculpture.” Curated by Sam Orlofsky, director of Gagosian’s New York gallery, the show includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Joe Bradley, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread.
The San Francisco-based dealer will be moving next door to Gagosian in October.
The contemporary arts center opened in 1993 and was built as part of the urban renovation project that developed the area into what is now called the Yerba Buena cultural district. Featured are performances, film and video as well as visual art. On show currently is “Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area,” a show that looks at the use of performance, visual art and technology in social activism.
The state of California’s official historical society, which dates back to 1871, is inaugurating on May 10 a new installation of photographs by Ira Nowinski and Janet Delaney of the South of Market neighborhood from the 1970s and 80s, when the area was the object of a transformation from a working-class quarter into a business and entertainment district.
Housed in a landmark power substation from 1907 that was adapted for the museum by the architect Daniel Libeskind, the CJM presents exhibitions that mark the “diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a 21st-century audience.” Upcoming events include an exhibition about Stanley Kubrick (June 30 to October 30) and an installation, “Negev Wheel” by Ned Kahn, a large spinning disc filled with sand from the Negev desert in Israel (July 28 to January 8, 2017).
MOAD explores contemporary art that reflects the African diaspora. Running until September 18 is a show about the singer Grace Jones and “Dandy Lion,” a photography exhibition that “(re)articulates” black masculine identity.