If you’ve ever stared up at the two steel monoliths on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus or felt dwarfed by the 60-foot square tower at the Gap’s headquarters, then you’ve marveled over the brilliance of artist Richard Serra. The San Francisco native is legendary for his massive sculptures, but in October, SFMOMA highlights a lesser-known side of his artistic career in the first major museum retrospective of his works on paper.

The exhibit showcases pieces culled from public and private collections worldwide, including drawings from the artist’s sketchbooks that have never been shown before. Serra’s Installation Drawings of paintstick on canvas are on view, and a selection of his early sculptures in lead, rubber, and resin bring clarity to the impact his sculptural work had on his later drawing practice.

Oct. 15–Jan. 16; SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (at Howard), 415-357-4000.