Exhibitions at SBMA

In addition to a selection of works from its critically acclaimed permanent collection, SBMA also presents temporary loan exhibitions of art from the past and the present.
For information on archived exhibitions please visit the Archives.


A riveting array of media works by Petra Cortright, Diana Thater and Wu Chi-Tsung (many in SBMA’s collection) represent how the contemporary experience of the natural world has been shaped and influenced by current media technologies.

December 19, 2021 - March 13, 2022

From the spontaneous and joyous to the posed and quiet,  renowned photographer Santi Visalli’s portraits all relay a storia, an Italian word meaning tale, story, and history. This select exhibition features 29 perceptive portraits of well-known figures in the 1960s and 70s worlds of film, literature, art, music, and popular culture.


Joining painting, sculpture, and film elements, contemporary artists have pushed the boundaries of photography into new terrain, melding materials and photography to construct painterly or sculptural objects, or constructing tableaux meant to be photographed and then later dismantled.

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