The has announced gifts from John and Lisa Pritzker and a handful of other benefactors to create what will be one of the most advanced centers for photography in the United States.
The John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography will nearly triple the amount of space currently dedicated to photography at SFMOMA, including almost eleven thousand square feet of special exhibition and permanent collection galleries, an upgraded print study center, and an innovative interpretive space that will be the first of its kind in the country. The center will take up most of the third floor when the museum reopens in 2016 after completion of a Snøhetta-designed expansion.
In addition to the gift from the Pritzkers, the center received a large collection of photographs from David Mahoney and Winn Ellis that includes key works by Edward Weston, Minor White, and Imogen Cunningham, as well as pledges from Nion McEvoy, Kate and Wes Mitchell, and Mary and Andrew Pilara. The campaign for the museum's expansion also aims to raise funds for a new curatorial position dedicated to contemporary photography, additional exhibition development, increased conservation and education efforts, and more research-based travel opportunities for curators as well as visiting artists and scholars.
"The Bay Area has always played an important role in the history of photography and is home to a uniquely vibrant and engaged community of enthusiasts and private collectors,” said John Pritzker. "We're thrilled to support San Francisco and SFMOMA as the preeminent center for all things photography and to further cement the museum's longstanding leadership in the study of a medium that’s such a far-reaching and powerful cultural force."