What is the role of the modern art museum in contemporary society? Snøhetta addresses this question in a new publication on the design of their 2016 expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, published and designed in collaboration with Lars Müller Publishers. Featuring a foreword by Rebecca Solnit, and essay contributions from Justin Davidson and Andrew Russeth, What Is a Museum Now? Snøhetta and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art goes behind the scenes on the studio’s process of refreshing and reconnecting the Museum’s 1995 purpose-built home to a rapidly evolving city. No longer an inward-looking shrine to the art object, the reconceived SFMOMA and its architecture broadcasts a new, public-facing mission and dedication to art education.
Filled with sketches, photographs, and drawings that document Snøhetta’s research and design process from concept to construction, What Is a Museum Now? presents an intimate engagement with the building, its collection, and its connection to San Francisco. Featuring photography by Jeff Goldberg, Jon McNeal, Michael Grimm, Iwan Baan, and more.
Book available for purchase via www.lars-mueller-publishers.com.