California and the West at SFMoMA

California and the West — the title taken from Edward Weston’s celebrated book — consists of gifts and promised gifts to the museum that depict wild nature as a spiritual resource, illustrate how land here has been used over time, and explore diverging photographic approaches, from evocation to documentation to self-conscious art making. Arranged roughly chronologically, from the medium’s invention in the nineteenth century to the present, this exhibition reveals changes in the landscape as well as shifts in photographic attitudes and subject matter. Artists on view include Ansel Adams, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lewis Baltz, Imogen Cunningham, and Lee Friedlander, as well as Dorothea Lange, Ed Ruscha, Larry Sultan, Edward Weston, and Minor White, among others.


Open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
Public spaces open at 9 a.m.

Start Date

May 14, 2016

End Date

September 5, 2016


10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


151 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94103

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