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SFMOMA Opening Day 2016: “NEW SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NOW OPEN” – Bigger and Better

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Here it is:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NOW OPEN – Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Edwin Lee Joined SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Board Chairman Charles Schwab and Board President Bob Fisher to Inaugurate Expanded Museum – More than 5,000 Visitors Welcomed to Museum For Free Today

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The new SFMOMA from Howard Street; photo by Devlin Shand, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

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Charles Schwab, Robert Fisher, Neal Benezra and Nancy Pelosi, Edwin Lee and Craig Dykers; photo by Drew Altizer, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2016)—With a blizzard of red confetti, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened its doors to the public today, May 14. Opening Day festivities were attended by local dignitaries, members of the Bay Area arts community and the general public. After the program, the first visitors were welcomed to the new museum by SFMOMA staff and leadership.

The program included remarks by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Edwin Lee, SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab, SFMOMA Board President Bob Fisher and SFMOMA’s Helen and Charles Schwab Director Neal Benezra. The museum distributed more than 5,000 free timed tickets for Opening Day to the public. Surrounding cultural institutions including the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Children’s Creativity Museum and many more throughout the Yerba Buena Cultural District also offered free admission and programming to celebrate the return of SFMOMA to the neighborhood.

“After years of planning and construction, it feels terrific to welcome visitors back to the museum,” said Neal Benezra. “With our goal of providing more art to more people, now and for generations to come, we are excited to share the new museum experience we have created that features the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, new works gifted or promised to us by 230 generous donors and the Pritzker Center for Photography which deepens our commitment to the medium.”

SFMOMA, which opened today with 19 inaugural exhibitions, underwent a three-year transformation to add a 10-story expansion designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta that nearly triples its gallery space, allowing the museum to show more of its exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art. With free admission for guests ages 18 and younger and 45,000 square feet of free public space, SFMOMA is more open to the community than ever before.

“Today, with the opening of this gorgeous museum expansion, San Francisco affirms our city’s place as a global leader of art and culture,” said Congresswoman Pelosi. “The new SFMOMA is a manifestation of our city’s deep respect for creativity, and it embodies the spirit and the generosity of the entire Bay Area Community. For that, we are very proud, and very thankful indeed.”

“San Francisco is a city of big ideas, and SFMOMA is a really big idea—and now, a big reality,” said Mayor Lee. “Not only is the new SFMOMA a place to showcase innovative art, culture and education initiatives, but it is a piece of art itself in the Yerba Buena Art District. The museum is a major draw for visitors, residents, families and youth from around the world, and its contribution to the Bay Area economy will now grow significantly with its new expansion.”

SFMOMA OPENING DAY EVENTS

SFMOMA’s Opening Day began with street performers on Howard Street including entertainment by the Circus Center, SFJAZZ High School All Stars, the San Francisco Youth Ballet Ribbon Dancers and We Talk Chalk.

After remarks, at the museum’s new entrance on Howard Street, the speakers and architect Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, ceremonially opened the museum by pressing a large red button with the new SFMOMA logo on it, releasing a blizzard of red confetti from the roof of the new museum and adjacent buildings. The Golden State Warriors Aftershock Drumline played while SFMOMA staff members in red shirts paraded with large red balloons. Ribbon dancers from the San Francisco Youth Ballet led the first visitors into the building.|

Free admission on Opening Day was made possible in part by PG&E, a partner in making the new SFMOMA a model for energy efficiency for art museums through participation in the Step Up and Power Down and Savings by Design programs, The Yerba Buena Community Benefits District and the museum’s Premier Sponsors Bank of America and Cadillac.

SFMOMA HOURS AND ADMISSION

SFMOMA is open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Free public spaces open at 9 a.m. daily. The museum hosts extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m., giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy exhibitions and programs in the evening.

Annual membership begins at $100, and members enjoy unlimited free admission (with advance reservation). Adult admission to SFMOMA is $25 and admission for seniors 65 years and older is $22. Admission for visitors ages 19 through 24 is $19. SFMOMA provides free admission to all visitors 18 and younger, furthering its goal of building the next generation of art lovers.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA features significantly enhanced gallery, education and public spaces. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, access to 45,000 square feet of free art-filled public space and free admission for visitors age 18 and younger, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to San Francisco than ever before.

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

Attention Bay Area Fiancees and Fiances – Wedding Event Tonight at Fort Mason!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

I’m not sure if it’s too late to get in on this, but check it out and see if there’s room for one or two more tonight at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at the Dream Team Mixer – it’s just especially for people wishing to get married in the bay area.

(Be warned – somebody might try to make the case on how you should spend your cash in order to make your Big Day special, but isn’t that what you want anyway?)

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See you there!

Meet the Dream Team Mixer
 
We would like to invite anyone wishing to get married in the bay area to attend this fun and informative evening. 
 
Music from Spintronix. 
 
Flowers from  Branch Out Floral and Event Design. 

Movie Trailer featuring the Dream Team, from Studio MSV.

Hors d’ouevres from Spring Loaf Catering.

Wines from Franciscan Winery.

Lighting from North American Theatre Technology. 

Fashion Show featuring Bella Mia Bride, Bliss Bridal Shoes, Natural Images Skincare, One World Designs, and Get Your DO Up!

Photo Booth from The Laugh Box.

Special Display from Nancy Liu Chin Designs.

Rentals from Williams Party Rentals.

Cupcakes from Freedom Bakery & Confections.

Photography from Lilia Photo.

Limo from Lone Star Limousine.

Featured Special Guests: Haute Horticulture, Balloons Equal Fun,  Jon Casey Caricatures, and Blue Water Party Rentals.

Come meet the couples vying for the title of “San Francisco’s First Dreamy Couple”. 

You’ll learn more about the vendors responsible for this community-driven project and how you can enter for a chance to win a $100,000.00 Dream Wedding! 

We hope to find a hard-working and deserving couple who values the impact of giving back to the community around them.

Could it be YOU?

Enter the $100,000 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway to Win Win Win!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Are you just about to get married? If so, there appears to be no downside entering the 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway. And if you win, you’ll be getting hitched on May 14, 2010, whether you like it or not!

All this assumes that you’re not bashful talking about your fiance (or fiancee) and that you don’t mind being exposed to a wedding-related sales pitch or two. After all, you only get married one time (or eight (!) times, something in that area). 

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And just for fun, read the FAQ. Apparently, ingrates, people who haven’t even won yet, write in with less-than-gracious inquiries:

Q} – I already paid deposits to other vendors for the wedding I have been planning on my own. Can I get those deposits back?

Q} I can’t afford to take time off work. If I am the winner, will I be compensated for my time?

Q} Can we cancel the wedding if we are the winners?

(Can you imagine? I mean, really, mink coats and no manners, right ladies?)

Anyway, here are the deets. The contest starts August 4, 2009, at exactly 7:55 AM Pacific Standard Time.

You can’t win if you don’t play! And Our Schools Win Too!*

“San Francisco’s top wedding vendors are giving away a Dream Destination Wedding & Honeymoon to Napa!
Contest opens August 4, 2009.  Visit
www.sfweddinggiveaway.com  to enter online.

Valued at $100,000.00, one deserving couple will win the wedding of their dreams. With a date set for May 14, 2010, the long list of prizes include everything a bride and groom need for the perfect dream come true.
 
Over 40 of the Bay Area’s most sought-after wedding professionals have gathered forces create a lavish wedding at Hotel Vitale, one of San Francisco’s most luxurious hotels, for the winning couple along with 75 of their friends and family.   No stone will go unturned, as this team puts together a high-end wedding worthy of platinum status.
 
Afterwards, the winners will head to Milliken Creek Inn in Napa, CA for a three night honeymoon including: Dinner on board the Napa Valley Wine Train, spa treatments and a private lunch and winery tour at Robert Mondavi Winery.
 
“These days, it seems all we ever hear on TV is bad news, with the recession, home foreclosures, and hundreds of people losing their jobs every day,” says Liz Guthrie, the contest producer, and owner of San Jose Wedding Consultants, LLC. “Weddings are expensive, and many people cannot afford a lavish wedding, especially given the state of the economy. We wanted to offer something back to the community that has been so good to us over the years, and the 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding seemed like the perfect opportunity.”   
 
The winning couple will receive the following goods and services: wedding planner, coordinator and event designer; catered rehearsal dinner for 25 guests at a 1 Fort Mason; wedding ceremony and reception venue at Hotel Vitale; 3 nights’ accommodations in San Francisco; 3 nights’ accommodations in Napa; catered dinner; specialty rentals; shoes and dresses for the bride and her bridesmaids; Massage treatments in San Francisco and again in Napa; bridal party hair and makeup; jewelry for bride; wedding rings for bride and groom; wedding cake and grooms’ cake; engagement, rehearsal and wedding photography; videography; classical guitarist; cocktail hour jazz trio; party band for reception; DJ/emcee; custom invitations and wedding stationery; specialty lighting; limo transportation; photo booth; wedding favors; and more…

*Our schools win in only the most indirect sense.

San Francisco Bike to Work Day 2009 – War Declared on NIMBYs

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Look out NIMBY‘s – the San Francisco Bicycle Plan is coming to YOUR neighborhood, whether you like it or not. That’s the conclusion you’d come to had you made it this morning’s Bike to Work Day rally on the steps of City Hall. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition put on quite a show for a couple hundred-something in the crowd, most of whom parked their colorful bikes thusly:

The mise-en-scene:

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum MC’ed the rally, speaking of NIMBYs and the Bicycle Plan. The battle is joined, or it will be starting next month, probably. Get up to speed with the 2008 San Francisco State of Cycling Report put out by the SFMTA.

Lots of Supes were there:

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar briefly addressed the crowd, talking about improving cyclist safety, mentioning the lower Haight Wiggle he uses to get back and forth from the Richmond District.

District 3 Supervisor and Board President Davis Chiu doesn’t think changes should stop with the proposed Bike Plan. He wants to Go Further. Lots of cheers for that.

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu showed off her fashionable fuzzy white helmet to the delight of the crowd.

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi always makes these events – he hasn’t really gotten much sleep since the recent birth of Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.

District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty cited recent changes to the streetscape, including Pavement to Parks.  

District 9 Supervisor David Campos was pleased to see the outreach to people living in the Mission.

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos gave a shout out to District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. He also said, “Bikes Rule.”

The “Big 56” will go somewhere in here. Click to expand to see a much larger version: 

 One Less Car, One More Bike. A young scion amused the pols.

What’s that on City Attorney Dennis J Herrera’s shirt?

“One Less Lawyer in a Car.”

O.K. fine.

2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bike Plan.

To Be Continued…

This Thursday is Bike to Work Day – Presidio Offers Free Lunch, Bicycle Drawing

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 14, 2009, of course, but you already knew that. Here’s the news: Those cyclists who find their way to the Presidio might get an extra reward or two.

How about winning a bike in the free drawing? Or a free BBQ lunch at the Acre Cafe? Or a quick bike tune-up from the Sports Basement? In short, it’s going to be ON. Just get over to near the Fire Station at the corner of Halleck and Lincoln between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM.

The giant endangered parking lot of the Presidio Main Post. You’ll need to bring your bike to get the goodies. If you drive, then No Soup For You. Click to expand

All the deets below, and after the jump.

See you there!

 
Bike to Work Day – May 14

On Thursday, May 14, thousands of people will put their car keys aside and hop on their bicycles to commute to work. As always, the Presidio Trust will sponsor an Energizer Station near the Fire Station at the corner of Halleck and Lincoln between 6:30 and 9:30 am. Ride in to get FREE refreshments and goodies, and to sign up for a raffle to win one of two bikes, courtesy of Sports Basement and Honest Tea. Sports Basement mechanics will also be at the Station to offer quick bike tune ups. Riders who register at the station will enjoy a free BBQ lunch at Acre Café that day. Questions? Contact Chris Weeks at the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5474. Visit the web to find out what is happening for Bike to Work Day throughout the Bay Area.

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