If you're fearing modern art withdrawal when SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3 for its two-and-a-half-year-long expansion, rest assured. The museum has planned robust offsite programming to give you the culture fix you crave. Here's what to look out for around town.
Crissy Field (May 2013–May 2014)
SFMOMA has teamed up with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy for a yearlong waterfront display near the Golden Gate Bridge. Curated by SFMOMA director (and one of this year's Hot 30s > refer back to 7x7's October issue) Neal Benezra, the exhibition at Crissy Field is comprised of eight large-scale, steel sculptures by artist Mark di Suvero, who emigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco when he was seven and was greatly inspired by his passage under the GG Bridge (which opened a few years before his arrival). The outdoor exhibit (including a recent sculpture that's never been on view to the public before) is the largest display of the sculptor's work ever shown on the West Coast, and, wait for it … it's free.
Contemporary Jewish Museum (June 27–October 27, 2013)
"Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art" explores the connections between art and spirituality, with works from Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian to Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko to Kiki Smith and Teresita Fernández.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford (November 13, 2013–March 16, 2014)
"Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" looks at the inherent tensions between man-made and machine-made, with more than 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and illustrated books by such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Man Ray.
Los Altos (winter 2013–2014)
Silicon Valley gets a modern art makeover in this city-wide showing of works, both existing and newly commissioned site-specific projects. Artists respond to the history and culture of the place and its community in a variety of media.