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.
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.
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.
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.
This October, SFMOMA will launch a new free-to-the-public educational program, Pickpocket Almanack. Under the direction of independent curator Joseph del Pesco, temporary faculty from the Bay Area arts community will build curricula around lectures, workshops, screenings, and other scheduled Bay Area events. The course will result in a new framework for each event, allowing the public to engage with the topic on a higher contextual level. Faculty include Megan and Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library and filmmaker Les Blank.
Little wonder that the nimble-footed Fred Astaire played a fashion photographer so clearly based on Richard Avedon in the 1957 musical, Funny Face: He ideally translated the supple movement and sublime grace of Avedon’s ‘50s fashion photography (and love of Hungary’s Martin Munkacsi) in his portrayal, all while snapping the radiant Audrey Hepburn.
But Avedon was so much more than the landmark shots that have entered the visual vernacular. More than, say, Dovima caressing the elephants in a surreal juxtaposition of the rough and the wild against the silkily draped and the divine artful (Dovima incidentally also had a teensy cameo in Funny Face as the ditzy swan with a grating whine).
The crowd-pleasing art superstars may be holding court one floor up - at “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities,” opening Saturday, May 30 - but before you wander O’Keeffe’s pink and orange abstractions of the Southwestern desertscape and Adams’ iconic prints, dare to stop in at “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans,” on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Aug. 23.
Peaceful, it was not up on the roof Friday at the patron’s party celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s wondrous new Rooftop Sculpture Garden.
Rather, the spirit inspired by this garden of sculptural delights was fantastical, exciting, beautiful, sky-blue and scintillating.
Or as SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra succinctly stated: “It’s pretty terrific!”
SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab was appropriately wowed, too.
The SFMOMA opened its new Rooftop Garden to the media this morning and 7x7 got to take a sneak peak. A project twenty years in the making, the garden consists of several new spaces designed by San Francisco's Jensen Architects. The Sculpture Garden, Pavilion, and Garden Terrace sit atop the MOMA garage, connected to the main building by a bridge lined with large windows overlooking the streets. The enclosed pavilion houses sculpture not suited for exposure to the outdoors—and a Blue Bottle Coffee bar—while the terrace and garden house several large pieces that can withstand the elements. The large glass windows enclosing two sides of the pavilion can be opened on sunny days to make the space feel even more open than it already does.
If you've never been to SFMOMA's offshoot Artists Gallery in Fort Mason, then you've been missing out on some wonderfully curated exhibits featuring a dynamic mix of Bay Area artists. Not to worry, though - there's no better time than this week to make your way there, where from Wednesday through Sunday they will be holding their 16th annual Artists Warehouse Sale. Original artwork from new and established artists will be available at up to 50% off the retail price, with proceeds benefitting the programs of the gallery. Prices range from $50 to $5,000, so there really will be something for everybody's budget.