Posts Tagged ‘sfmoma’


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’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 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 or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

Yet Another James Bond Villain Yacht in SF Bay: Galeocerdo – A “Tiger Shark” with Three Turbine Engines

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

AKA WallyPower 118, AKA Wally 118.

This thing gets 15 gallons to the mile.

As photographed by Paul Kaplan at Gas House Cove in The Marina on January 2, 2015:

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And look, it super-impressed the SFMOMA in SoMA a decade back:

The WallyPower is … being honored by the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art as the sole boat in its major architecture and design exhibition, “Glamour: Fabricating Affluence,” which runs from October 9 2004 to January 16 2005.”

And hey, did thing get pulled over by the US Coast Guard last year? I think so.

That’s your James Bond Villain Yacht In SF Bay Update.

Free “Yerba Buena Family Day” is Coming to SoMA This Sunday, September 23rd! SFMoMA, JewMu, MoAD, and CCM

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


Yerba Buena Family Day is downtown San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission to four leading museums including

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

Contemporary Jewish Museum,

Museum of the African Diaspora, and

Children’s Creativity Museum

plus a huge array of special art activities for kids and free performances on two big stages courtesy of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.”

See you there!

And here’s the full sked for our Museum of the African Diaspora:

“Yerba Buena Family Day presented by Target

Sunday September 23, 2012

11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Five of San Francisco’s top cultural destinations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Children’s Creativity Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival welcome families with a full day of free admission, hands-on art making and special family-friendly performances. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for people of all ages to experience all that downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district has to offer.

Here at MoAD we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Music Across the Diaspora from Puerto Rico, Peru and Mexico.

11-5pm | Tour the exhibition Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction!: Celebrating Bay Area Abstract Artists

11-5pm | Experience Music from the Diaspora featuring films from Peru and Mexico in the Celebration Circle

11-5pm  | View Henry Louis Gates’ documentary film Black in Latin America in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center

11-1pm | Hear the African Drumming Ensemble for a performance outside of MoAD

12-4pm | Create a Painting with Music in the 3rd Floor Education Center

1-2pm & 4-5pm | Come to a family friendly workshop and performance with Afro Puerto-Rican band Los Pleneros de la 21 in the 2nd floor MoAD Salon

1-3pm | Sidewalk Chalk Art with Jamie Treacy in front of MoAD”


Friday, April 20th, 2012

The best wrestlers are masked wrestlers, it would seem:

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Photography in Mexico

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Launches Family Membership Program for $150 Per Year

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I’m going to raise my kids rocker so I’m not so sure about the “Mods Club” for children ages 4-12, but, otherwise, family membership from our San Francisco Museum of Modern Art looks like a good deal:


On October 1, 2011, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will launch a new membership program designed to enhance opportunities for families to engage with the museum and its growing family community. The Family membership includes exclusive viewing hours and unlimited admission for two adult cardholders as well as two adult guests and all accompanying children age 17 and younger. From families looking for hands-on fun at SFMOMA Family Sundays to art aficionado parents wanting to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the arts in their children, households of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the benefits of the new membership.

The comprehensive and flexible membership structure encourages family visits and ensures that everyone in the family can take advantage of SFMOMA’s offerings. With a Family membership, children ages 4 to 12 can join the Mods Club, SFMOMA’s club for kids, and visit the museum with an adult caregiver for free; teens 17 and under receive their own membership card and can visit independently with a friend; and parents may invite grandparents, an aunt and uncle, or two friends for a museum visit any time. Exclusive Family member viewing hours every month provide space for families with young children in strollers or who want to experience the museum with other like-minded, art-loving families.

In the past year, SFMOMA has deepened its longstanding commitment to families by offering expanded resources and programming designed specifically for family visitors. With the support of seed grants from The Wallace Foundation, the museum created an animated, interactive mobile tour for families; created printed and online activity guides that focus on key artists in the museum’s collection; and, as of July 2011, began hosting family programs every Sunday. SFMOMA Family Sundays offer museumwide activities, including hands-on projects, docent-led family gallery tours, book readings, and film screenings linked to SFMOMA’s collection and special exhibitions. Led by SFMOMA educators and guest artists, Family Sundays are designed to encourage experimentation and creativity and to develop critical thinking skills. Families will have free, unlimited access to these entertaining and educational programs with the new Family membership.

More deets after the jump


ZOMG, October 16th, 2011 is Yerba Buena Family Day – Free Admission to SFMOMA – Thanks Target!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

October 16th, 2011 will be on a Sunday so I’ll prolly be breakin’ in the malls, breakin’ on the streets, natchbut you, you’ve got kids, so you should head down to SoMA for Yerba Buena Family Day 2011.


“…San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission, special art activities and free performances for children and families at the following venues within 1 or 2 blocks of each other in the Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.”

That means that Target will pick up the tab when you visit the SFMOMA, the Jew Mu, the MoAD and the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Hurray! (Hey Target, why are you taking so long to open down there in Metreon? Or for that matter, Geary and Masonic. C’mon, wiki wiki.)

 All right, see you and your fam there!

All the deets:


  • Be inspired by the exhibition Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
  • Sketch, scribble, and squiggle your way through the wonderful world
    of drawing

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Marvel at Harry Houdini’s famous escape acts in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic
  • Thrill to a live performance by The Magic of Chin-Chin

Museum of the African Diaspora

  • Tour the exhibition COLLECTED: Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation
  • Make a memory box to take home, participate in a drumming workshop,
    and more

Children's Creativity Museum

  • Be among the first to experience the Museum’s freshly redesigned exhibits including the new Imagination Lab
  • Create clay animations, music videos, digital art, and more
  • Ride the historic carousel for free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

  • From hula dancers to taiko drummers, enjoy live performances on the
    Esplanade Stage in the Gardens from 11 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Delight in the clowning of Unique Derique and the grooves of the
    Venezuelan Music Project on the Children’s Stage near the Children’s
    Creativity Museum from 12 – 3 PM

It’s Here! At the SFMOMA through September 6th: The Steins Collect – Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Well, it’s here – running from Saturday, May 21 through September 6th, 2011, it’s The Steins Collect – Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde at our soon-to-be-embiggened MoMA in the SoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Cathy Bowman has the deets, everything you need to know before you go.

Check out the collection via KQED and watch some quick video clips here.

Pablo Picasso: Gertrude Stein, 1905–06. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)

Ever more deets:

“American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, the Steins — writer Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Sarah — were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Through their friendship and patronage, they helped spark an artistic revolution. This landmark exhibition draws on collections around the world to reunite the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. Artworks on view include Matisse’s Blue Nude (Baltimore Museum of Art)and Self-Portrait (Statens Museum, Copenhagen), and Picasso’s famous portrait Gertrude Stein (Metropolitan Museum of Art).”

All right, see you there!

OMG, OMG, OMG! Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs Coming to SF MoMA to Debut iPad-Only Digital Newspaper, The Daily?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

You know, I was just telling one my parole officers the other day, you know what this town needs is something you could call San Francisco’s Online Newspaper, or something. Wouldn’t that be appealing, SF? Well guess what – coming soon to an iPad near you, is The Daily from Rupert Murdoch.

Now, The Daily will be based out of Noo Yawk so it won’t have too much of a San Francisco focus at first, anyway, but for some reason the glitzy kick-off stage event will be in the 415 next week at our MoMA in the SoMA. At least that’s what they’re saying.

Expect Great Things!

This looks just like RP, you’ll see.

Our SF MoMA is a magnet for aging, trophy-wived media barons, for some reason. Check out Larry King’s visit with one of his wives from just last year:

Via the incomparable Steve Rhodes

Good times.

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

Grisly Hanging Bacon at Our MoMA in the SoMA – Sure, Meat is Murder, But Is It Art? – “EXPOSED” and “HENRI CARTIER BRESSON” Debut

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’m not sure if this scene of bacon drying on the line at our San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is for the kick-off of Exposed, Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870, or the kick-off of HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: The Modern Century, or both.

Or maybe you’re supposed to eat it?

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Irregardless, a better way to start your day is with Bakon, the bacon-flavored vodka. This is a real product, srsly:


(Bacon, enjoy 2010, ’cause you’ll never be as popular as you are this year. Oh well.)