Happy 75th Anniversary SF MoMA


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA) held a 75th Anniversary bash last night to celebrate the occasion.  En route, we saw this convertible F-Market Street Car.



Rain was threatening so we walked around the side of the museum on Minna St. to check out the food trucks that were brought in for the occasion.  We sampled a delectable falafel sandwich in a pita from Liba'sSpencer's On The Go was also on hand and sported festive piñatas on the awning of their truck.




 We arrived just in time to check out the sound installation in one of the ground floor auditoriums.  Bill Fontana created "Sound Sculptures Through the Golden Gate" which featured sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge competing against those of the Farallon Islands.  Traffic and foghorns alternated with various bird calls.  It was an intriguing exhibit.

 
We popped up to the Rooftop Garden where a number of sculptures were on display.  I loved these nested arachnids.

 
We had a slice on Mondrian cake and Blue Bottle coffee at the cafe.

 
This big bronze head looks none-too-happy to be caught in the rain.

 
Elsewhere on the top floor, Jackie Jones put on a musical saw (as in the tool...) performance.

 
 
Lanterns cast an intricate shadow on the walls and floor.

 
We walked out onto a catwalk overlooking the atrium and watched the revelers below.

 
Musical performances were getting ready to begin and crowds of people waited to enter the concert hall.

 
I particularly enjoyed this representation of George Washington's Mount Vernon on the wall of the atrium.

 
Cellist Zoe Keating played to a sold out audience. Fortunately, SF MoMA projected the performance high on the wall of the atrium and had speakers piping the performance into the large entryway.  Keating's music was modern, melodic, and perfect for the occasion.

 
Between performances, we went to the 2nd floor to check out the anniversary gallery.  The entrance was covered with a gold beaded curtain. 

 
There was a pile of black and white posters on the floor featuring a lone bird soaring among the clouds.  The pile wasn't marked in any way.

 
People soon began gathering around taking one or more posters and rolling them up.  I asked a passerby what the deal was with the posters and why everyone was so excited about them.  "They're free" was her rationale for the "must have" attitude of the crowd.

 
We watched the second performance by Loop!Station from the second floor balcony.  Haunting vocals accompanied by the cello and backed by eclectic video was their forte.

 
I managed to capture a short video of the crowd with their music playing in the background.  




We made a quick pass through the gift shop on the way out and saw this red
monkey chillin'...

 
I thought a photo of this smiling ball was a fitting way to end a fun night of culture and entertainment.

  
Thanks, SF MoMA, for inviting San Francisco's residents to celebrate this milestone with you!

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