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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Opens Transformed Building in May

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will reopen to the public May 14 after undergoing a transformation that will add nearly three times the previous exhibition space and a striking new feature to the downtown San Francisco cityscape.

The 10-story addition will feature 260 works from the Fisher Collection, a first showing of more than 600 artworks promised to the museum, the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography and an outward-looking architectural design that weaves the museum into the city.

The expansion project also includes a double-height White Box space, a new education center, a two-story conservation center adjacent to the galleries and a new restaurant, In Situ.

The eastern facade of the expansion, inspired in part by the waters of San Francisco Bay, has more than 700 fiberglass reinforced polymer panels affixed to a curtain-wall system that give a rippling horizontal effect, while silicate crystals from Monterey Bay embedded in the surfaces of the panes catch the changing light.