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SFMoMA to open massive photography center in 2016

SFMoMA to open massive photography center in 2016
The proposed addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will almost triple the current amount of space for photography at the museum, officials said. (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will open a new photography center in 2016 that leaders are saying will be the largest exhibition space for photography in any art museum in the United States.

The John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography will feature more than 15,500 square feet of space and will almost triple the current amount of space for photography at the museum, according to the museum. The center will be located on the third floor of the museum when it reopens in 2016 after extensive renovations.

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John and Lisa Pritzker were the lead donors for the new center. John Pritzker is a member of the prominent Pritzker family whose interests include the Hyatt Hotels chain and other holdings.

The museum's renovations, which are coming with a $610-million price tag, involve a major expansion of facilities. The construction required SFMoMA to shut down its main building to the public starting last year, though the museum has presented off-site exhibitions.

The museum's expansion is being designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta.

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