July 15, 2017–January 1, 2018



Soundtracks is the SFMOMA’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art.

Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building. Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation, and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Select pieces address the association of “soundtracks” with film scores in unexpected ways, while others take various approaches to visualizing the relationship between sound and space. Moving beyond medium-specific histories of sound art and electronic music, this cross-generational presentation highlights past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from over twenty contemporary artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, O Grivo, and Susan Philipsz. Soundtracks is accompanied by a map and an online catalogue.

Photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Photo: Katherine Du Tiel


Artists in the Exhibition

Guy Ben Ner    
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Amor Muñoz
Paul DeMarinis
Camille Norment
Brian Eno
O Grivo
Bill Fontana
Susan Philipsz
Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon
Amalia Pica
Chris Kallmyer and Mark Allen
Anri Sala
Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader
Sergei Tcherepnin
Ragnar Kjartansson
Richard T. Walker
Christina Kubisch
Lyota Yagi