• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Celebrate Free Opening Day on May 14

    Date posted: April 26, 2016 Author: jolanta
    Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, opening May 14, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

    SAN FRANCISCO (April 22, 2016)—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will open to the public for free on Saturday, May 14, 2016, with a day of festivities that include a neighborhood celebration with cultural organization activations in the Yerba Buena district and beyond. The newly expanded SFMOMA will offer nearly triple the gallery space, with inaugural exhibitions showcasing 260 works from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of postwar and contemporary art, more than 600 artworks promised to the museum through its Campaign for Art and the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography.

    SFMOMA’s ribbon-cutting festivities with SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, other members of museum leadership and civic dignitaries will be open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Howard Street, which will be closed to traffic between Hawthorne and Third Streets from 4 a.m. to noon that day. Street entertainers, musicians and chalk artists, including performers from SFJAZZ, the SF Conservatory Collective, the Chinese American International School and Circus Center will entertain the crowd in front of the museum’s new entrance at Howard Street.

    Image: Courtesy of SNØHETTA AS

    Image: Courtesy of SNØHETTA AS

    The museum distributed more than 5,000 free timed tickets for Opening Day and tickets are now sold out. Visitors with timed tickets are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their ticket time and the museum will open to ticket holders at 11 a.m. While tickets to the museum’s galleries on free Opening Day are sold out, tickets are available to purchase online for May 15 and onward at sfmoma.org.

    Opening Day Schedule of Events

    8:30 a.m. SFMOMA ribbon-cutting festivities begin with entertainment by street performers, musicians and chalk artists.

    9:15 a.m. Speaking program begins on the Howard Street stage in front of the museum. Speakers include SFMOMA leadership and civic dignitaries.

    9:45 a.m. Festivities conclude with ceremonial ribbon cutting.

    11 a.m. Visitors with timed tickets begin entry at SFMOMA. Other local cultural institutions begin free entry.

    Opening Day is supported by PG&E. Additional support is provided by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and SFMOMA’s Premier Sponsors Bank of America and Cadillac.

    Neighborhood Celebration

    Yerba Buena cultural district institutions including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens and many others will celebrate the museum’s opening by offering free admission and expanded programming to the public on May 14.

    Participating neighborhood organizations include:

    111 Minna Gallery, 111minnagallery.com
    Open 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

    American Bookbinders Museum, bookbindersmuseum.org
    Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    California Historical Society, californiahistoricalsociety.org
    Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; featuring Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971

    Children’s Creativity Museum, creativity.org
    Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; various kid-focused activities

    Contemporary Jewish Museum, thecjm.org
    Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; featuring Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

    Crown Point Press, crownpoint.com
    Open 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; featuring Scratches, Pit and Vinegar: A Group Show Curated by Ed Ruscha

    Mexican Museum with Precita Eyes at Jessie Square, mexicanmuseum.org
    12–2 p.m.; mural activation

    Museum of the African Diaspora, moadsf.org
    Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; featuring The Grace Jones Project and DANDY LION: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

    Museum of Performance and Design, mpdsf.org
    Open 12:30–5:30 p.m.

    Root Division, rootdivision.org
    Open 1–5 p.m.; featuring New Growth 2016: Celebrating our Community, annual Youth Art Celebration and Exhibition

    San Francisco Art Dealers Association, sfada.com
    Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; various galleries in San Francisco

    Tenderloin Museum, tenderloinmuseum.org
    Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ybca.org
    Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; featuring Take this Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area, Samara Golden: A Trap in Soft Division and Slow Dialogues: Time, Space, and Scale

    Yerba Buena Community Benefit District—Annie Alley, ybcbd.org
    Open 1–3 p.m.; featuring Lady Chi and Visuals by 3

    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ybgfestival.org
    Open 12–5:30 p.m.; Con Brio, Duniya Dance & Drum Company and Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor

    For a complete list of neighborhood and cultural partners participating, please visit: sfmoma.org/opening-celebrations.

    151 Third Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94103

    Courtesy of SFMOMA

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