San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA Photo by Caroline Culler

Bringing great art to more people

The Haas, Jr. Fund has supported exhibitions and efforts to make powerful art accessible to a wider public in the Bay Area.

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.”

Powerful Exhibitions

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.