San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens Mark di Suvero sculpture exhibition

. May 22, 2013

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of Mark di Suvero sculpture on view from May 22, 2013, to May 26, 2014.

Mark di Suvero, Figolu, 2005–11; painted steel, steel buoys; 47 x 55 x 23 feet; installation view of Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King Art Center; Collection of the artist; photo: Jerry L. Thompson; © Mark di Suvero

Mark di Suvero, Figolu, 2005–11; painted steel, steel buoys; 47 x 55 x 23 feet; installation view of Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King Art Center; Collection of the artist; photo: Jerry L. Thompson; © Mark di Suvero


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy presents a major outdoor exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s works near the Golden Gate Bridge: eight large-scale steel sculptures installed at historic Crissy Field, a former airfield and military base that is now one of the most-visited national park sites within the Golden Gate National Parks. Curated by SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field surveys five decades of the artist’s work, including a recent sculpture that has never before been on public view. The temporary exhibition is the largest display of di Suvero’s work ever shown on the West Coast, and is free for all visitors, extending the programs celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.

Coinciding with di Suvero’s 80th birthday, the exhibition holds particular significance for the artist, who immigrated to San Francisco from Shanghai at the age of seven. His passage beneath the Golden Gate Bridge—which opened a few years before his arrival—proved to be a lasting inspiration, as the scale and color of the structure have influenced di Suvero throughout his life. Di Suvero notes, “It was like a rainbow, a bridge coming to the New World starting a new life. The woman who chose the color of the bridge, Malo Lowell, taught me how to work wood as a teenager and from there, all was freedom.”

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field kicks off the extensive slate of off-site exhibitions and programming that SFMOMA will offer during the museum’s expansion project. The exhibition opens just prior to the temporary closure of the building for construction from June 3, 2013, through early 2016.

Visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

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