With a massive expansion set to double the galleries and public spaces, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is looking to build a better future. However, renovations don’t happen overnight, and the museum will be closed for roughly three years, starting on June 3. Now’s the time to get your SFMOMA fix, and luckily there are a handful of interesting shows on display at the museum. Here’s what you should see before the SFMOMA shuts its doors.
Artist Christian Marclay has put together a stunning video installation called The Clock, a 24-hour-long movie that features a new film clip every minute. You’ll become captivated by the rapidly changing scenes that Marclay pulled from a wide variety of films, from old westerns to modern blockbusters (e.g., The Exorcist and Wall Street) to classic French films. Watching The Clock is an engrossing experience.
Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back
Fifteen years ago, collectors Kent and Vicki Logan donated a massive array of contemporary pieces to the SFMOMA. Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back is an exhibition that pays tribute to the Logans’ memorable contribution to the museum. It features work by many of the most influential artists of our time, including Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.
Photography junkies will enjoy the black-and-white images taken by one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Garry Winogrand. Winogrand specialized in snapping moments of daily American life and traveled the country doing so. His varied and complex pictures include shots of icons like President John F. Kennedy and Muhammad Ali as well as everyday people frolicking on the beaches of Coney Island. About 100 of the images were printed for the first time for this exhibit, making it a special celebration of Winogrand’s work and a showcase of his contribution to American photography.
Photos courtesy of Christian Marclay, Paula Cooper Gallery New York, MIR and Snøhetta, The Estate Of Gary Winogrand, Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco