Following budget cuts related to the pandemic, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has done away with some of its beloved and long-standing programs. in accordance with Chronicles of San Francisco.
Among the losses will be museum Gallery of artists at the Fort Mason Center, an initiative that has been in operation since 1946 with the mission to sell, lend, and lease the work of Bay Area artists to local offices and homes. The Artists’ Gallery closes in December. The museum’s film program, operating since 1937, will close after the fall season of 2021. And the museum publishing platform Open Space and its Raw podcast will also end after fall, although the podcast will be reimagined as an online audio and gallery audio platform tied to ongoing exhibitions. Finally, the Museum’s Contemporary Art Volunteer Council, which is a social fundraising group, will be disbanded. These closings are expected to result in job losses for a total of seven employees, following several rounds of layoffs, pay cuts and layoffs related to the pandemic that have affected hundreds of museum employees.
“We are committed to our mission to be a dynamic center for contemporary art, attracting and inspiring a wide variety of audiences. The reality is that the pandemic has had a serious impact on our operations, exacerbating existing problems such as declining attendance, rising costs and a tight budget, ”a museum spokesman said in a statement. “For SFMOMA to support a healthy organization for our community, we must change our approach to make these goals more effective and successful in today’s dramatically changed environment. We are committed to programming that enhances the visitor experience both in our galleries and throughout the museum. ”