SFMOMA to Open the Country’s Largest Photography Exhibition Space

San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art seen through Yerba Buena Gardens, 2008.
San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art seen through Yerba Buena Gardens, 2008. Photo: JaGa, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopens after its current renovations, it will be home to the largest photography exhibition space in the country. The museum, which has been closed since June of last year, is expected to celebrate its grand reopening in 2016.

Named for the leading donors to the project, the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography will take up most the third floor at SFMOMA. The institution’s photography holdings span the full history of the medium, from its 1839 invention to today’s digital technology.

Designed to accommodate the museum’s 17,000 object photography collection, the largest of its kind, the center will feature 5,000 square feet for special exhibitions and 5,880 square feet for the permanent collection, as well as an interactive visitor center and a print study center to better serve the needs of visiting scholars and students.


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