August 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with a retrospective spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her current body of work, a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, begun in 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramic sculptures, in addition to ephemera, several films, and a documentary. Together, these works of art chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist named Cohen by birth and Gerowitz by marriage, who, after trying to fit into the patriarchal structure of the Los Angeles art world, decided to change her name and the course of history.

Organized on the heels of the 40th anniversary of Chicago’s landmark installation, The Dinner Party, in San Francisco and opening in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote across the United States, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective pays homage to an artist whose lifelong fight against the suppression and erasure of women’s creativity has finally come full circle.


Joan Mitchell

September 4, 2021–January 17, 2022
Floor 5


Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

The painter Joan Mitchell has long been hailed as a formidable creative force. She first attained critical acclaim and success in the male-dominated abstract expressionist circles of 1950s New York, then spent over three decades in France creating distinctive abstract paintings that pulse with energy and color and draw on landscape, memory, poetry, and music.

With its world premiere at SFMOMA and co-organized with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Joan Mitchell is a comprehensive retrospective featuring over eighty distinguished works. This exhibition includes rarely seen early paintings and drawings that established Mitchell’s career, along with large-scale multi-panel masterpieces from her later years that demonstrate her mastery of color. Suites of paintings, sketchbooks, and drawings, as well as an illuminating selection of the artist’s letters and photographs, open a new window into the richness, range, and ambition of Mitchell’s deeply influential and barrier-breaking creative practice.


The Crocker hosts one of the state’s premier collections of Californian art, dating from the Gold Rush to the present day, a collection of master drawings, European paintings, one of the largest international ceramics collections in the U.S. and collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art.

See Collections Here

Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008)
Oil on canvas, 63 x 58 1/4 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Roland Petersen, 1989.19.


Stanford University is the home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art.

The collection is a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years.

Visit the permanent collection here 


November 13, 2021 – December 23, 2021

Register here for the Virtual Art Talk on Thursday, Nov. 18, 5pm

Artwork that embraces the unexpected

Happenstance is a dynamic exhibition of work that demonstrates how fortunate accidents, or unexpected events, often contribute to serendipitous results in the art-making process. Juried by Zoë Taleporos, the exhibition showcases the work of twenty artists from around the country. Taleporos states: “All the works selected demonstrate a reverence to process over outcome. These works all integrate unintended factors that surprisingly create harmonious, interesting forms and compositions.”