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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Established 1935
Location 151 Third Street
San Francisco, California, USA
Director Neal Benezra

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum in San Francisco, California.

It opened in 1935 under director Grace L. McCann Morley as the San Francisco Museum of Art, the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. A gift of 36 artworks from Albert M. Bender, including The Flower Carrier, 1935, by Diego Rivera, established the nucleus of the permanent collection. Bender, a Trustee of the museum, proceeded to donate more than 1,100 objects to the museum and endow its first purchase fund before his death in 1941.

Grace Morley remained as director until 1958. Subsequent directors were George D. Culler, Gerald Nordland, Henry T. Hopkins, John R. Lane, David A. Ross and Neal Benezra.

For its first sixty years, the museum occupied upper floors of the War Memorial Veterans Building in the Civic Center. Under director Henry T. Hopkins (1974–1986) the museum added "Modern" to its title in 1975, and established an international reputation[1].

In 1995 the museum moved to its current location at 151 Third Street, adjacent to Yerba Buena Gardens in the SOMA district and its showpiece facility designed by Mario Botta. Inviting comparison to the preeminent Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the museum re-branded itself "SFMOMA".

The museum has in its collection important works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn, Clyfford Still, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp and Ansel Adams, among others. The cinema series Art in Cinema was started at SFMOMA in 1946 by filmmaker Frank Stauffacher. Annually, the museum hosts more than twenty exhibitions and over three hundred educational programs.

In 2008, the museum launched a re-designed website, which includes the ability to browse the museum's permanent collection. It opened a 14,400 square feet (1,340 m2) rooftop garden, designed to be a gallery, in 2009. Also in 2009, the museum gained a custodial relationship for the important contemporary art collection of Doris and Donald Fisher of The Gap.


  1. ^ Baker, Kenneth (2009-10-01). "Henry T. Hopkins dies, put 'Modern' in SFMOMA". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  

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Coordinates: 37°47′09″N 122°24′03″W / 37.78588°N 122.40084°W / 37.78588; -122.40084



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