SFMOMA Hosts Four-Day Countdown Celebration Before Building Closes For Expansion And Museum Launches Out With Extensive Off-Site Programming

Museum Admission Free to All, Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2


Festivities Include Rooftop Party, 24-Hour Live Art Variety Show, All-Night Gallery Access, Special Day for Families, and More


After nearly two decades of bringing modern and contemporary art experiences to audiences in its iconic Third Street building, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will temporarily close its doors to the public at end of day on June 2, 2013 to prepare for two-and-a-half years of construction on the museum’s major expansion project. After June 2, SFMOMA will be on the go, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area until the museum’s expanded home reopens in early 2016.


During the final four days before closure—Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2, 2013—museum admission and all related festivities will be free to all. A special Countdown Celebration will activate the entire museum with ways to mark this extraordinary moment of transformation for SFMOMA, kicking off a new chapter in its 78-year history.


Visitors will have the opportunity to party on the rooftop with cocktails and live music; stay up all night in the galleries and catch performances by 48 artists in a 24-hour variety show marathon; explore SFMOMA’s landmark photography exhibition Garry Winogrand and Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video masterpiece The Clock; meet museum staff and docents in the galleries to hear talks about their favorite artworks; get to know Bay Area makers and artists featured in a special live-format edition of KQED Public Radio’s popular series The Making Of…by the award-winning Kitchen Sisters; see a large-scale model of SFMOMA’s new building to get a closer look at the museum’s future; and bring the kids to a special family day.


“We’re thrilled to welcome our growing audiences and the community of artists who inspire our work into the museum at this incredible moment,” says SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “I can’t think of a better way to bid farewell to our building as we know it and embrace the exciting future ahead. We invite everyone to come by and enjoy this free four-day thank-you party.”


“For us, this is a chance to celebrate the great collaborative relationships we have with the creative communities of our city and region,” says Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMOMA. “These four days will honor the Bay Area as a place of making and of incredible everyday creativity.  As we move out of our building and into our cities and neighborhoods, it’s relationships like these that will bring life to everything we do.”


Major support for SFMOMA’s Countdown Celebration is provided by the Fisher family and the Koret Foundation. Generous support is provided by Dana and Bob Emery. KQED is the media sponsor. Support for family programs during the celebration is provided by Target.

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