Great art can change the way we see the world and live our lives, and should be accessible to all.
A Passion for Sharing Art
The Haas, Jr. Fund has a long history of making great art more accessible at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). This work was inspired by our co-founder Evelyn D. Haas, also a longtime leader on the museum’s board of directors. A great lover of art, Mrs. Haas believed that the museum’s growing collection and provocative exhibitions could reach and inspire a wider audience.
“Mrs. Haas’s love for SFMOMA was legendary,” said Ira S. Hirschfield, president emeritus of the Haas, Jr. Fund. “She had a real passion for bringing more people to the museum and helping them experience the joy and wonder of great art.”
In 1997 the Fund used a $2.5 million grant to help the museum establish the $6.5 million Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund, which enabled SFMOMA to present major exhibitions with broad public appeal. These shows featured well-known artists that spoke to common human experiences and brought new audiences and new revenue into the museum.
The Fund also established “Art in the Atrium,” a program of commissioned work in the Haas Atrium. This program was open to the public without purchase of a museum ticket, giving visitors a chance to see important works like the murals of Kerry James Marshall.
The Haas, Jr. Fund has made gifts to the museum totaling nearly $19 million (through 2016) since 1973. These included a special grant of $6 million in 1989 for construction of the museum's internationally acclaimed building; grants totaling $5 million in 2000-01 to capitalize on the building’s success and help the museum grow; and a further $1.6 million in 2004 to enhance visitor services and make building improvements. The museum reopened in May of 2016 after a major expansion and renovation.
Click here to view some of the current and past exhibits supported by the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund and/or the Haas, Jr. Fund.