Press Release

California Modernist Women: Groundbreaking Creativity


 Charles Schuler 
Director of Marketing & Communications 
San Francisco International Airport
(650) 821-5031

California Modernist Women: Groundbreaking Creativity  
New exhibition at SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 features the work of outstanding female artists and designers from the mid-twentieth century.

SAN FRANCISCO—California played a central role in the formation of a modern American aesthetic during the mid-twentieth century. Decorative arts and design reflected exciting new technologies and forms of expression. As modernist artists and designers looked beyond traditional methods and towards the future, some also found inspiration in the handmade qualities of crafts. Many of the Golden State’s most innovative artists and designers were women who faced great adversity due to prevailing gender discrimination. The most determined women persevered, driven by their enthusiasm, their strength, and their creative vision. California Modernist Women: Groundbreaking Creativity features the work of outstanding artists who made their mark in California and beyond, including Ruth Asawa, Margaret De Patta, Ray Eames, and Edith Heath, among others.

California Modernist Women: Groundbreaking Creativity is located post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 of the San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible from June 18, 2022, to April 30, 2023 to ticketed passengers, and through prior arrangement by emailing

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About SFO Museum

Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2005 and 2020, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport.

Today, SFO Museum features more than twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit Follow us on,, or

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