Boing Boing co-presents SFMOMA's closing festivities!

After this Sunday (June 2), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be closed to visitors for three years as they begin their massive renovation to accomodate the incoming Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. But for the next four days they're celebrating the museum's future with free admission for everyone and lots of activities, culminating with a performance art marathon and farewell procession on Sunday co-presented by Boing Boing!

The final 24 hours are jam packed with activities and celebrations: the live performance marathon starts on Saturday evening and changes out every half hour. They'll also be finishing up their Sweded version of Christian Marclay's The Clock, and this is the last 24 hour showing of the real piece in the museum.

Finally, come join us for the farewell procession on Sunday to look to the future of the new building. Local artist Desiree Holman is curating the procession, which recasts the Young American Patriots fife and drum core and Dance Sanctuary dancers as docents for the future. You're encouraged to come in your best future time traveler costume, and Teri Sage from TS I Love You Hats will be helping everyone make awesome tin foil future hats as well. We hope to see you there!

SFMOMA Countdown Celebration: May 30 - June 2
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  1. I read the title, thought the SFMOMA was closing for good, and almost had a heart attack!!!

  2. THURSDAY – FINAL GATHERING OF THE DPMCT (Dean Putney Memorial Conference Table) FOR THREE YEARS.

    See you there.

  3. 3 yrs. Almost as long as Don Fisher fought the Supes to let him build it in the Presidio.

  4. IMO, this is the best modern art museum in the country, though I’m an East-coaster myself. 

    To my mind, it’s clearly superior to MoMA in NYC, and better too than the Guggenheim by far. Better than the disappointing Guggenheim in Bilbao for that matter. The  Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris may have a superior collection, but the SFMOMA is a far more pleasant space with many very good works, and the presentation of the pieces is better there too.So in other words, I hope they don’t screw it up, as sometimes happens with these renovations.

  5. I find it odd that a museum (building) that’s only been open for 18 years needs to close for three years.  Usually these things are planned a half-century in advance.

  6. Also part of the festivities, local public radio producers, Kitchen Sisters, have organized a multi-media event, The Making of…, “about what people make in the Bay Area and why, capturing the art, creativity, and innovation happening in backyards, workplaces, cultural institutions, and public spaces throughout one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the country,” taking place at the museum over Thursday and Friday. I’ll be there with some painters from my sign shop, 10am Friday, painting signs reading “The Making of (you fill in the blank)”, for as many people as we can fit into an hour. Line up early if you’ve got a filling for that blank!

    Details at

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