GAP’s Donald Fisher Unveils Presidio Museum Plans


One of the biggest stories in museum-ery came out this week, as the plans for the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio in San Francisco were finally unveiled this week by Gap founder, Donald Fisher (who is paying for the whole deal). Assuming it all goes down and the city goes for it, it’ll be a gigantic piece of metal, designed by Richard Gluckman of Mayner Architects, who was also behind expansions of the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here’s a bit more from the SF Chronicle:

The two-story, 100,000-square-foot structure would occupy the crest of the Parade Ground of the former military base that in 1994 became a national park. It would resemble a long stack of overlapping cubes, with white masonry walls broken by stretches of clear glass to allow views of work inside by artists such as Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.

If the proposal is accepted by Presidio officials, there also would be a network of terraces where sculptures could be displayed – including Serra’s monumental “Sequence,” a 14-foot-high, 65-foot-long maze of coiled steel that was the centerpiece of his acclaimed career retrospective during the summer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.