Yesterday SFMOMA closed its doors for a two-and-a-half year expansion project for which the institution broke ground on Wednesday, with museum director Neal Benezra, San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee, Craig Dykers — a principal in Snøhetta, the firm that designed the expansion — and many more digging in at a festive ceremony.
“The museum and its supporters have been leaders in this community, from helping to revitalize this neighborhood to furthering the city’s reputation as a center for arts and ideas,” Lee said in a statement. “On behalf of all San Franciscans, I can say I was thrilled to participate in today’s event and look forward to welcoming a transformed SFMOMA that will serve as an even greater resource to all who live, work, and visit the San Francisco Bay Area region.”
While its building will be shuttered through early 2016, SFMOMA has planned a packed roster of off-site exhibitions, the first of which — a major show of large Mark di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field (pictured) — opened last month. It also recently raised the goal of its capital fundraising campaign to $610, with the addition funds not only covering the costs of the new building, but also allowing the museum to offer free admission guests 18 and under.
“This is shaping up to be a phenomenal summer for SFMOMA, with the kickoff of construction on our new building, reaching an amazing fund-raising milestone, and the start of an exciting series of art programs with partner institutions across the region,” Benezra said in a statement. “The support and excitement from people within this community is gratifying, and we are thrilled to be proceeding on the next phase in SFMOMA’s life in the city.”
— Benjamin Sutton
(Top photo via SFMOMA/Facebook. Bottom photo by Matthew Millman.)