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.


Portrait of Mexico Today is one of the only intact murals painted by David Alfaro Siqueiros while he was a political exile in Los Angeles in 1932.

August 15 - December 5, 2021

One of the few women members of the renowned Magnum agency in early-1950s Paris, Austrian-born Inge Morath became a leading international photographer in the second half of the 20th century. This exhibition features 15 classic Morath images of people and places from a 1977 portfolio and her iconic vision of a llama in a Times Square car.

August 15 - December 19, 2021

This exhibition of 25 photographs from SBMA’s collection features the human face as its captivating subject. Artists include Kwame Brathwaite, Tseng Kwong-Chi, Genevieve Gaignard and Trude Fleischmann, whose work engages photography’s unique ability to suggest narrative, biography and psychology via the photographic portrait.

August 15, 2021 - January 9, 2022

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.

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