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Travel to San Francisco: The San Francisco Modern Arts Museum
The first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art, the San Francisco Museum of Art opened in 1935 under the direction of Grace L. McCann Morley. The San Francisco Modern Arts Museum, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1985, rose to international prominence under the leadership of Henry T. Hopkins (1974–86). “Modern” was added to the Museum's title in 1975 to describe its purview more accurately. Subsequently, the San Francisco Modern Arts Museum undertook an extremely active special exhibitions program, both organizing and hosting traveling exhibitions.
In January 1995, the San Francisco Modern Arts Museum opened a new museum facility in the burgeoning South of Market district, designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. Ross steered the San Francisco Modern Arts Museum through an unprecedented period of growth, during which time the Museum's membership grew to more than 44,000 people and the permanent collection to more than 22,000 objects. He was particularly interested in artists exploring the intersection of art and technology, a theme carried out in such exhibitions as Bill Viola, Seeing Time: Selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection of Media Art and the groundbreaking 010101: Art in Technological Times. Neal Benezra succeeded David Ross as director in August 2002.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Modern Arts Museum Hours
San Francisco Modern Art Museum galleries close 15 minutes prior to the Museum's closing hour. SFMOMA is closed on the following public holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Admission and event tickets are available at the San Francisco Modern Arts Museum with no surcharge or in advance through TicketWeb.com (866.468.3399).
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