SFMOMA Expansion by Snohetta
NYT - By RANDY KENNEDY
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has long been renowned for its photography collection. Now it will have galleries whose size and scope will match the ambitions of that collection.
The museum announced Wednesday that as part of its overall expansion project – it expects to reopen in 2016 after three years of being closed for a $610 million capital campaign – it will create a center with more than 11,000 square feet devoted to photography exhibition, a space it describes as the largest in the country for that purpose.
The center, to be built on the museum’s third floor, will double the amount of space currently devoted to photographs and will allow curators to triple the amount of pictures from the museum’s own collection that they can exhibit every year.
It is being paid for by gifts from the philanthropists and photography collectors John and Lisa Pritzker, for whom the space will be named, and four more benefactors. Besides additional exhibition space, it will include a print study center, an interpretive center for the study of the history and social role of photography, and new climate-controlled storage facilities for the collection.
“What this is going to allow us to do is make shows from our permanent collection,” said Sandra S. Phillips, the museum’s senior photography curator, “to show it in ways we’ve never been able to do before. We don’t even quite know what to expect yet ourselves, but we think it’s going to be transformative.”
The Museum's capital campaign has raised 95% of its $610 million dollar goal which started back in 2010. An impressive display of leadership from the Board of Trustees and the great support from the community has made this expansion campaign a success. GL