The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced that it will open a 15,500-square-foot space dedicated to photography as part of the renovation that has closed the museum until 2016.
Dubbed the Pritzker Center after lead donors John and Lisa Pritzker, the new photography facility will include an 11,000-square-foot exhibition space that will be the largest in the country permanently devoted to the display of photography, according to a statement released by SFMOMA. The facility will also include a new photographic study center and “an innovative interpretive space that will be the first of its kind in the country.” The upgrade to the museum’s photography department will also include a new curatorial position.
SFMOMA has also announced that more than 1,000 photographs have been added or pledged to their permanent collection by a group of San Francisco-based collectors led by David Mahoney and Winn Ellis.
“The new center, together with the gifts to our collection, represent a transformative development for our photography program and for the entire museum,” SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra said.