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SFMOMA Announces Announces Finalists for Expansion

SFMOMA announced four firms that are the finalists in the museum’s hunt for an architect to design its forthcoming expansion, which will triple the size of its galleries. Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, and Snøhetta, made the final cut based on their past work and interviews conducted over two-days last month (as opposed to design proposals for the new expansion).

Exhibits To Catch On First Thursday

May brings rising artists on the move and familiar names back on the scene. Here's a brief look at a few of the Bay's openings and art events, just in time for First Thursday.

SFMOMA Launches a Rooftop Garden iPad App

SFMOMA's new iPad Rooftop Garden app makes sure you and your iPad won't leave the museum's rooftop empty headed.

High Hopes for SFMOMA

A bit of hard work and dedication never hurt anyone. Our beloved SFMOMA has already amassed $250 million out of their $480 million campaign goal. Money will be used for renovations, include tripling of the public space, expanded educational programs, enhancement of exhibitions and other services for the public. Particularly the anticipated Fisher Collection, a prized accumulation of private modern and contemporary art, will be sure to up the SFMOMA's street cred. Perhaps the new burst of support is from the Gap collaboration, but we're in full support either way. Their 75th year is off to a great start.

Luc Tuymans: The Artist Questions Art

Luc Tuymans may not be a household name but don’t mistake that as reason to bypass this very important exhibit. The Belgian artist’s first US retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, featuring nearly 75 key paintings from 1978 to the present. Considered by many as one of the most significant painters today, Tuymans’ has already made a lasting impression on today’s generation of artists.

A note of warning: steer clear if you’re looking for art that is fun and frivolous. The work on view here is richly layered, dauntingly dark and will pulse through you long after leaving the museum.

SFMOMA Teams Up with The Gap: Wear A Work of Art For Under $25

SFMOMA really knows how to throw a party. To coincide with their 75th anniversary celebration, they enlisted the help of nine artists with Bay Area ties and local clothing giant Gap to create a line of unique limited-edition T-shirts. The result is a brilliant collection of eight unisex shirts from the likes of well-known artists Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel that are sure to be highly covetable for art students and collectors alike.

Look of the Week: SFMOMA 75th Anniversary

As much as we love getting dressed to the nines to peruse the seemingly endless art galleries on First Thursday, the fabulous SFMOMA openings have remained elusive...until now. In honor of their 75th anniversary, SFMOMA is opening the floodgates to members and non-members (sadly, we fall into this category) alike to ogle what's sure to be one of the best collections we've ever seen, gratis. To top it all off, they're throwing a late-night bash Saturday night with live performances by Zoe Keating and Loop!Station, electronic collage artists and more importantly, a cash bar.

SFMOMA'S MAC @ 75

 

 

The Modern Art Council (MAC) of SFMOMA kicked-off its 75th anniversary yesterday with its 75th Holiday Luncheon at the museum.

Formerly known as the Women’s Board of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the MAC auxiliary serves as the museum’s fundraising arm and organizer of its many educational programs.

Originally spear-headed by Evie Haas and the late Mary Keesling, the auxiliary’s dedication to modern art is evidenced in the fact that its founding in December 1934 pre-dates the museum’s opening by one month.

While we couldn’t make it to lunch, we did attend a pre-party tea hosted by former MAC President Ann Fisher.

OPEN Restaurant's Futurist Extravaganza

There are rare times when words escape the writer: not because of block, mind you, but because words don't seem like quite enough. Such is the predicament in trying to describe the spectacle that was Saturday night at the SFMOMA, where a Futurism banquet organized by OPEN restaurant (part of the ongoing MOMA Futurist exhibit which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Futurism) went down.

Mod Squad @ SF20

 

 

There was much to celebrate last night at the SF20 preview party which benefitted the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Not only has this show and sale of 20th-century decorative arts firmly established itself as a solid hit among designistas, but museum members were abuzz over the news that Doris and Don Fisher had reached an agreement with SFMOMA to house their dazzling private collection which features some of the most significant works in modern and contemporary art.

Huzzah, sweetie!

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