SCMA Then\Now\Next explores what it means to “make” a museum and how museums are “remade.” Art is at the heart of many museums, but museums are more than collections of objects. Museums reflect and respond to the ideas, passions, and hopes of the communities they serve, yet these qualities are not fixed.
We are using SCMA’s 100th anniversary in 2020 to examine our history in order to understand our present and envision the future. The construction of the museum’s collection over the past century reveals the institution’s evolving vision and values. This exhibition is presented in two distinctive galleries on separate floors. SCMA Then\Now allows works to speak to each other across time, place, and media to illuminate key moments and ideas. SCMA Now\Next features works acquired since 2000, signaling new directions and priorities for the museum.