Upcoming SFMOMA Exhibits You Won’t Want to Miss

A photo taken from the outside of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
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Some stellar exhibits are coming to SFMOMA in the coming months—not to mention some recently-added displays that are available right now. Robert Rauschenberg, Julie Mehretu, Isamu Noguchi, and more will have multidisciplinary work on display in the coming months.

As you might expect, these exhibits are made possible by a series of donors and arts organizations that make some of the finest contemporary art out there available to the San Francisco area. The Robert Rauschenberg exhibit, for example, is sponsored in part by area investment banker Thomas Weisel, who has a history of supporting the museum—as well as his own impressive collection of contemporary, Native, and Asian Pacific art and antiquities.

Other supporters of these exhibits include Helen and Charles Schwab, the Noguchi Museum in New York, and Christine and Pierre Lamond, among many others.

The Rauschenberg exhibit, called “Erasing the Rules,” is a prime example of the artist’s multidisciplinary work. Including prints, sculptures, paintings, and more, these 150 pieces offer an intimate look at how Rauschenberg broke boundaries between disciplines and dared to use humor and insight to redefine what art can be. The exhibit runs from November 18, 2017 to March 25, 2018.

Up front and center—and on display now—is New York-based artist Julie Mehretu’s “HOWL, eon (I,II).” On view in SFMOMA’s Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium, Mehretu’s work is made up of two huge abstract paintings that symbolize historical trends, including the political turmoil of today. Because Mehretu created these pieces specifically for their current location, they have an added weight and multidisciplinary element of collaboration between art and space—despite the fact that Mehretu created the pieces alone. They were installed on September 2 and are now part of the museum’s regular collection.

Finally, there’s “Noguchi’s Playscapes,” a series of designer Isamu Noguchi’s stand-alone play structures as well as sketches for several of his life-sized works. Few of these particular structures were actually built, but Noguchi was known for building art that encouraged viewers to interact directly with his work, often placed in public spaces rather than in museums. His art represents a multidisciplinary approach to creating community and inspiring creativity in the every day. The exhibit opened on July 15 and will be available through November 26, 2017.

These are just a few examples of the great works on display at the SFMOMA, courtesy of generous donors and supporters. These particular pieces remind us to be present in our world and to not be afraid to combine different elements to tell the stories of the world around us.

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