San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMoma

 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMoma

This has been a long time in the making and the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SF Moma in short is a fantastic addition to the museum scene in San Francisco. Touted as the largest Modern art museum in the United States, the new SF Moma increases the exhibit space by over four times its original size. The new space is enormous and showcases many of the museum’s permanent collections and a series of rotating art shows.



 SF Moma video highlights

I spent the day at SF Moma, enjoying the exhibits and creating a video about the experience. My take was more in terms of experiencing the exhibits with fresh eyes and a bit of humor with many of the exhibits which were in need of interaction and observation. Almost irreverent in our approach, we played and saw the exhibits in a different way and enjoyed our visit.




San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma

Main entry and staircase to SF Moma


Main entry at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma


Richard Serra’s gigantic Sequence at the main entrance


Richard Serra Sequence Main entry at SFMoma

Enormous art installations at SF Moma

One of the first installations placed at SF Moma is by native son Richard Serra with his piece called Sequence. This monumental steel sculpture located in the entrance area of the new wing is gigantic and draws you in to it’s rusted steel walls of interconnected rings that you can explore from one central ring leading into the other. It’s a fantastic piece and I had fun with my friend Kyna taking photographs and using the beautiful lines and light to play with and capture a fashion type shoot below.


Serra's Sequence Main entry at SFMoma

Capturing beautiful light and curves at Sequence installation



Fashion scene at Serra's Sequence at SFMoma




San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma





Calder exhibits San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma

Calder’s on display at SF Moma

In a bright gallery with plenty of glass panels looking out into a wall of green in a living wall, the Calder exhibit and displays are handsomely arranged and spaced out well. It’s easy to walk around the many sculptures, while they twirl and create these fascinating floating motions from the slight wind coming from the outside and gently moving them in kinetic fashion.


Calder exhibits San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMoma

The Living Wall

The living plant wall facing the Calder gallery is huge and draws you in to check out all the textural foliage and interesting layered effects from all the unusual plant materials. Of course, it is a perfect spot to take selfies with all these beautiful greens and patterns – the effect is impressive with this Living Wall, the largest of its kind in the United States with over 19,000 + plants from over 37 different species. It is breathtaking to see this wall of green and take a nice break from all the visual stimulus inside. When you are ready to get back in, there’s over seven floors of artwork to explore in the new wing, quite a feat even if you are a die hard modern art fan.


Green wall at SF Moma


Fronting the Living Wall is the exterior shell of the new wing, in undulating wave forms made of composite materials and adding a sculptural presence to the façade. This rippling façade creates interesting patterns and changing shadows from the shifting effect of sun moving through the building throughout the day – it’s a perfect exterior for such a grand museum.


Exterior façade of the SF Moma

Exhibits at SF Moma

With over 7 floors of exhibit space in the new wing, there’s plenty of spacious galleries to display works from the permanent collection and revolving shows that SF Moma is hosting. Covering contemporary art from the modern era to present times, the various collections at SF Moma are expansive and offer large galleries with breathing space for most of the museum to showcase their permanent collection and rotating exhibits. Here are a few more exhibits that drew my attention when walking through the different galleries.

For those visitors not well versed on modern American art, you can join a docent lead tour depending on your interest in specific media current exhibits, or a general tour of the museum. You can check out the tour schedule and current shows here for more information.





Modern art exhibits at the SF Moma in San Francisco



Here’s a huge blow up photograph of a super store filled with snacks (would you consider this art?)



Modern art exhibits at the SF Moma in San Francisco

Just blending into the surroundings



Modern art exhibits at the SF Moma in San Francisco


Kyna is getting her ‘Flash dance moves’ on



Modern art exhibits at the SF Moma in San Francisco



While I have a conversation with the police officer

Unfortunately he is not real and a life-like version with amazing skin and hair, it freaked out everyone, but I was the only one taking a photograph with my new buddy in blue.



The police officer at SF Moma in San Francisco



I’m totally digging the color scheme in this exhibit



Modern artwork at SF Moma in San Francisco





America Neon at the SF Moma in San Francisco

If you go to SF Moma

151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Hours – 10am – 6pm everyday, until 9pm on Thursday

Prices – Adults $25, 65+ $22, 19 – 24yrs $19, Under 18 yrs free

You can order tickets online to get your time slot for entry to the museum

You can check out the SF Moma website here for more details and a calendar of monthly events.



Exterior scene at SF Moma in San Francisco



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8 Responses to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMoma

  1. Julie Cao November 1, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    I have been to SF many times but have never visited MOMA. My favorite part of your post is the Sequence. I would love to walk through from one end to the other and explore its structure and capture its beautiful lines and the lighting effects. The photographs look great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. nicki November 1, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    I have never been here while visiting San Fran! I will check it out on my next visit.

    I do love your playfulness while touring – it adds all the fun to the photos and the experience.

  3. Cori October 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    It’s been far too long since I’ve been to the SF MOMA. I’m overdue for a trip back to SF.

    Since it’s Halloween, I saw someone dressed as a Dan Flavin installation today — very cool.

  4. Candy October 31, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    I so wish I would have visited MOMA when I was living in San Fransisco. It looks like you had a fun time and I loved that you added a video. I’ll have to make a visit San Francisco 🙂

  5. Sarah Kim, Tales From a Fork October 31, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    Modern art is always interesting. I love some of it, and some of it is like, “huh? I really don’t get it.” I loved the Moma in NYC and the San Francisco looks equally as awesome! I actually saw that light one in the NYC Moma!

  6. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    What great images! I was prepared not to like the new SFMOMA, but have been twice now since it reopened and am loving it. Here is my take on it, notice that it is different than yours,

  7. jane canapini August 11, 2016 at 3:15 am #

    Love this post! I haven’t been to San Fran in decades, but have been thinking of basing a road trip from there in the near future (now that Burning Man tickets didn’t work out!). This is another thing to put on that itinerary.

  8. Rhonda Albom August 11, 2016 at 1:28 am #

    I have not been to MOMA in many years and I was not able to visit on my recent trip to San Francisco. Thanks for your look inside. I remember some of the artwork you have in photos.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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