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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art turns 75 with a splash
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art turns 75 with a splash

When Grace McCann Morley became director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, she knew what she wanted to focus on: the art of her time. "If art of today is today overlooked or misunderstood, the loss is serious," she once wrote. "Art fails then to give its full value to daily life." She championed such artists as Klee, Matisse and Picasso and gave first solo museum shows to Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky and a young Jackson Pollock. It was only some 40 years later, long after Morley had ended her tenure, that the museum finally got the word "modern" inserted into its title, befitting the art it had shown and collected and the institution it had...

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