2013 Update: SFMOMA Temporarily Closing Its Doors
Beginning in June 2013, SFMOMA will close its doors for a two-and-a-half year renovation and expansion that will add significantly to its galleries and public spaces, and create an opportunity to show more of its artwork. During the temporary closure, the museum is co-organizing traveling exhibitions, installations and educational programs throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Bringing More Art to More People
The Haas, Jr. Fund’s long history of support for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) was inspired by Evelyn D. Haas’s belief that the museum’s growing art collection and provocative exhibitions could be made available to even more people than before.
In 1997, the museum established the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund, which enables SFMOMA to present major exhibitions with broad public appeal. Complementing SFMOMA's regular exhibition program, these shows feature well-known artists and offer the potential to bring more people into the museum, increase membership sales and support other revenue-generating efforts. The Fund's challenge grant of $2.5 million helped establish this $6.5 million special fund.
Among the exhibitions featured to date: Degas to Picasso; Magritte; Keith Haring; The Anderson Collection; Diane Arbus; Chuck Close; Picasso and American Art; Matisse, the Painter as Sculptor; Frida Kahlo; Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities; The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde; and Jasper Johns: See with the Mind's Eye.
In addition to giving steady support over the years, the Haas, Jr. Fund has made special grants to the museum, including a gift of $6 million, pledged in 1989, for construction of the museum's internationally acclaimed building. In 2000-01, the Fund gave a total of $5 million to capitalize on the building’s success and help the museum grow. In 2004, the Fund made a grant of $1.6 million to enhance visitor services and make building improvements. Since 1973, the Fund has made gifts to the museum totaling nearly $18.9 million.