Museums are places of dialogue and diversity— but they can also be places of historical exclusion, homogeneity, and even protest. How can cultural institutions support art and artists that respond to or amplify dissent? The stories and artists below tackle these questions.

Citizen Museum

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Calling all SFMOMA Members – we are going technicolor tonight in celebration of 'diane arbus: in the beginning' opening on 1/21! Come grab a drink + take the dance floor by storm from 5—9p.m. in the White Box alongside the incomparable ✨Juanita More✨

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How do artists respond to history? These interviews highlight artists seeking answers—or at least solace— to turbulent historical conditions such as war, apartheid, censorship, and totalitarianism. #ArtistLove

Artists Respond to History

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SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society are thrilled to present the second season of Modern Cinema featuring one of cinema's living legends: Werner Herzog.

Taking Herzog's idea of ecstatic truth as a guide, this season includes a range of his nonfiction films, as well as complementary works by other directors, such as Philip Gröning, Agnès Varda, and Abbas Kiarostami. Space is limited, so...
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SFMOMA is 82 years old today! On January 18, 1935 under the leadership of director Grace McCann Morley, we opened our doors on Van Ness Avenue. The following year, we became one of the first museums to recognize photography as a fine art by establishing a photography collection. More fun facts found here

Our History

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The final week of #BruceConner: It's All True is upon us (closing on Sunday 1/22.) Come experience the man Art in America heralded as the "master of emotion as well as form" whose "iconoclasm inspires us still." Finally decide for yourself if #itsalltrue.

[Bruce Conner, A MOVIE, 1958]
#closingsoon #AMOVIE
How do artists incorporate their own history into their work? Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her monumental piece Czara z Babelkami on Floor 5 (2006) by reflecting on her family’s history as Polish peasant farmers and World War II refugees. She describes a dark past that is still “running through [her] blood.” #OnView

Ursula von Rydingsvard on sculpture and ancestry

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What is the relationship between public museums and private collectors?

SFMOMA is bringing together museum leaders from Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, de Young Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Museo Reina Sofía, Tate, and The Broad to answer that very question during a public symposium, Yours, Mine, and Ours: Museum Models of Public-Private...
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Yours, Mine, and Ours: Museum Models of Public-Private Partnership

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#HappyBirthday to Eva Hesse, born #onthisday in 1936. Hesse was a pioneer in the use of nontraditional materials like latex and fiberglass, and her powerfully evocative sculptures refuse any one straightforward meaning. #EvaHesse #FemaleArtist #ArtistLove

Eva Hesse and gender

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10 years ago today, Apple's #iPhone was introduced to the world, quickly transitioning from just a device to a cultural object that can be found in our collection. Conservator Martina Haidvogl writes, "little did I know, when asked to activate SFMOMA’s iPhone 1, what a rabbit hole I was about to dive into." Read more about Martina's adventure in conserving old tech

There’s No App for That: Adventures in Conserving Old Tech

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#BruceConner re-creates his childhood Kansas of the 1940s as a dreamland in his 5 minute film, “Valse Triste." Dive deeper into Conner's mind at 'Bruce Conner: It's All True' only #onview until 1/22. #itsalltrue #closingsoon

VALSE TRISTE

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On this day in 1973, conceptual artist #TomMarioni sent out this card claiming he had been appointed SFMOMA's new director. Who said pranks aren't an art form?

[Tom Marioni, Untitled, 1973]
Happy New Year! Thank you for helping us bring more art to more people in 2016. We are looking forward to an art-filled year ahead and we're excited for you to join us! #HappyNewYear
#HBD to Henri Matisse, who would have been 147 today. Matisse rejected painting that imitated nature with his vibrant colors + bold brushstrokes knowing that, "it is not enough to place colors one beside the other; colors must also react on one another."
[Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905]
Why does abstract art make our brains hurt so good? Nobel-winning scientist Eric Kandel says abstract art "strips away the narrative" and "requires active problem-solving." Salon

This is your brain on art: A neuroscientist’s lessons on why abstract art makes our brains hurt so good

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"Concealed by bedraggled vegetation alongside a freeway, the path would beckon to Anthony Hernandez; and like an urban archaeologist, he’d venture forth to find the traces of an unknown civilization."-The New York Times

One week left to see #AnthonyHernandez's retrospective, closing on Monday January 2nd→ sfmoma.me/AHernandezExhibit #closingsoon
Bay Area book lovers, in need of a last minute gift? Give someone the chance to explore their creativity with this hands-on bookmaking workshop. Participants will use bookmaking techniques such as cutting, folding, gluing, and binding to realize their book dreams #GiveArtfully

Various Small Books: Reading + Making Artists’ Books

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The holidays mean family time! Watch how Michael Jang Photography reflects on documenting the quirks of his extended family in 1970s suburbia.

Michael Jang’s family snapshots

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We're celebrating the first day of winter with a closer look at Wilson Alwyn Bentley's delicate "ice flowers." Bentley was the first to photograph snowflakes by using black velvet to catch them before they sublimated. In his lifetime, he took more than 5,000 images of these "tiny miracles of beauty." #wintersolstice

[Wilson Alwyn Bentley, Snowflake, 1885-1931]