SFMOMA va deschide cel mai mare centru dedicat fotografiei din America. Acesta va avea 15,500-square-foot (peste 1400 mp) si face parte din proiectul de reconstructie a muzeului. Centrul va monopoliza etajul 3 al institutiei si este compus din galerii, un spatiu de studiu al printurilor si o zona interactiva. Acesta va fi deschis in 2016 si va purta numele finantatorilor principali – John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography.

“The Bay Area has always played an important role in the history of photography and is home to a uniquely vibrant and engaged community of enthusiasts and private collectors,” John Pritzker said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to support San Francisco and SFMOMA as the preeminent center for all things photography and to further cement the museum’s long-standing leadership in the study of a medium that’s such a far-reaching and powerful cultural force.”

Pe langa galerie, centrul va avea un centru interactiv ( Photography Interpretive Center ) si un spatiu de studiu al printului pentru studenti si profesori  ( Print Study Center ). Muzeul a creat si o noua pozitiei de curator fotografie contemporana.

SFMOMA a anuntat si achizitia a 500 de fotografii, in special lucrari legate de America de Vest. La acestea se adauga o donatie realizata de colectionarii David Mahoney si Winn Ellis ce include printre altele imagini de Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, si Robert Heinecken. Muzeul a achizitionat lucrari de Ansel Adams, John Harding, Dorothea Lange, Larry Sultan, Andy Warhol, si Robert Rauschenberg.

“It is difficult to imagine a better and more fortunate set of circumstances than these incredible new spaces for photography and the addition of these significant new artworks to our collection as we deepen our commitment to exploring the medium’s evolving future,” said SFMOMA senior curator of photography Sandra S. Phillips.

via BlouinArtInfo si SFMOMA

(Photo: John Harding, “San Francisco, CA, U.S. Restaurant,” from the portfolio “Analog Days,” 1984; Collection SFMOMA, gift of the artist; © John Harding / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)