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San Francisco, CA | Exhibition Tour – “Joan Brown” at SFMOMA with Chief Curator Janet Bishop

February 23, 2023 | 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Painting by Joan Brown

Please join us for a tour of the retrospective exhibition, Joan Brown, on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture.

Comprising eighty colorful paintings and sculptures, Joan Brown spans the charmingly personal and engaging career of one of San Francisco’s most important local heroes. Deeply embedded in the Bay Area art scene, Joan Brown drew inspiration from many sources to create works that merge autobiography, fantasy, and whimsy, with weightier metaphysical and spiritual themes. This retrospective is the most expansive presentation on the artist’s work in more than twenty years, charting the turns and devotions of a vision that was once dismissed by critics as unserious but was rooted firmly in impassioned curiosity and research and remains uniquely compelling today.


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The Museum entrance and floors are accessible to visitors using wheeled devices or who have mobility difficulties. Our Accessible Drop-off Entrance allows passengers to be dropped off in close proximity to the entrance at Third Street. The entrance also has electric push-button doors for easy entry.

Admission is free for one person accompanying a visitor with accessibility needs.

Service animals on a leash and under their owner’s control are welcome.

Lightweight, portable gallery stools and manual wheelchairs may be checked out free-of-charge. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in exchange for an ID card at Coat Check on Floor 1.

The use of personal mobility devices and motorized vehicles (including Segways) is permitted, on the lowest speed setting.

Elevators on Floor 1 (off of Third Street and Howard Street) are available to take visitors up to the Ticketing Desk and galleries on Floor 2. A second elevator, located in the Helen and Charles Schwab Hall on Floor 2, stops at all gallery levels (Floors 2–7).

For more information on accessibility at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, visit their website.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is located at 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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About the Curator

Janet BishopJanet Bishop is SFMOMA’s Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture. With associate curator Nancy Lim, she is the co-curator of the museum’s Joan Brown retrospective, on view through March 12, 2023, followed by presentations at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. Bishop’s first assignment when she joined SFMOMA was to assist with the survey Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950-1965, which gave her a chance to meet Brown. Bishop’s later exhibitions with Bay Area ties include The Steins Collect, Matisse/Diebenkorn, and David Park: A Retrospective. When SFMOMA was closed for construction, she oversaw “SFMOMA On the Go.” Janet is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell.

Image: Joan Brown, The Bather #5, 1982; collection SFMOMA, gift of the estate of Joan Brown, Noel Neri, and Michael S. Hebel; (c) Estate of Joan Brown.


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