San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) Opening Soon

Words by My Art Guides Editorial Team
April 29, 2016

Following a nearly three-year, $305 million expansion, the SFMoMA will have 14 galleries spanning 15,000 square feet exhibiting photos—more room than the photography galleries of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art combined. On top of that, the museum has created a new study area for researchers called the Pritzker Center for Photography and added a pair of refrigerated storage vaults for the 18,000 photographs in its collection.

The museum launched its expansion plan seven years ago to make room for the addition of 1,100 works, mainly paintings and sculptures, amassed and lent to the museum by Gap clothing founder Don Fisher and his wife, Doris. But Mr. Benezra said he and his staff seized on the chance to enlarge its galleries for photography as well. Of the 145,000 square feet of total gallery space in the museum, 10% is reserved for photos alone.

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