Your Guide to SFMOMA This Summer

Make the most of your visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in summer 2018 with these suggested highlights, including the magic and mystery of artist René Magritte and the powerful photography of Susan Meiselas.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season

On view through Oct. 28, this worldwide exclusive presentation features the famed artist’s later paintings, including more than 20 artworks never seen in the United States before. Explore Magritte’s otherworldly images in which day becomes night, birds become sky, and boulders hover in midair. His beautiful, powerful, and mysterious images are a timely reminder that not all is what it seems. Please note: Tickets to this special exhibition are available separate from general admission. For more information and to purchase special exhibition tickets for The Fifth Season, click here.

Susan Meiselas: Mediations

Opening July 21 and on view through Oct. 21, this photography exhibition showcases Meiselas’s iconic portraits of carnival strippers, her vivid color photographs of conflict in Central America, and more, exploring subjects ranging from the personal to the geopolitical. For more information, click here.

Floor 7

Three captivating not-to-miss contemporary shows are on view on the seventh floor this summer. Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner is an aural and visual odyssey across a three-channel video presentation, encompassing fiction, documentary, and essay on the variety of maritime history. In Nothing Stable under Heaven, the contested past, turbulent present, and unpredictable future are reflected upon, examining how individual artists respond to urgent issues of our time. Also on view is Jim Campbell’s mesmerizing light installation, Tilted Plane, featuring hundreds of suspended incandescent bulbs that have had their filaments replaced by LEDs, creating the perception of moving imagery. All three shows are on view through Sept. 16.

The Art of the Meal

From family-friendly, California-fusion at Cafe 5 on Floor 5, to Michelin-star dining at ground-floor In Situ, there is a range of options for anyone looking to fuel up and fight museum fatigue. Sightglass on Floor 3 is perfect for a lighter choice, with Instagram-worthy coffee creations and treats. For foodies, the cuisine at SFMOMA can be as much of a draw as the art!

The Museum Store

No visit to SFMOMA is complete without a stop at the Museum Store on Floors 1 and 2. Curated as carefully as the exhibitions, the store’s collection of books, home goods, jewelry, toys, and more is the perfect one-stop-shop. Every purchase supports SFMOMA’s exhibitions and education programs. For more information, click here.

SFMOMA is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena arts district, near both Union Square and The Moscone CenterGroups of 10 or more can save on general admission, and tour operator rates and private guided tours may be available.