Event Press Release

SFMOMA Announces 2008 Summer and Fall Family Programs

Release date: July 1, 2008

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is pleased to announce the Summer and Fall 2008 family programs schedule, for which free museum and program admission are extended to all participants. The museum will present The Family Studio twice monthly—on the first and third Sunday of each month—as well as the popular Target Family Day, which will be held October 19, 2008. Recent grants from Target and The Wallace Foundation directly support SFMOMA's family program expansion and free admission to the museum for all families participating in the programs.

2008 Family Programs Schedule

First and third Sunday of each month, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Family tour at 1 p.m. Special presentation at 2 p.m. Koret Visitor Education Center

July 6 and 20
Working with special guest artist Fritz Haeg as part of his Animal Estates 5.0: San Francisco project, these Family Studios focus on creating model homes for the California slender salamander (July 6) and the peregrine falcon (July 20). Join us on July 6 for an animal-inspired garment-making workshop and on July 20 for an animal movement workshop.

August 3 and 17
Discover the various ways artists portray themselves in self-portraits. Using works from the SFMOMA collection as inspiration, create your own unique self-portrait. Don't miss a special reading of Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith at 2 p.m.

September 7 and 21
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the art of Frida Kahlo, whose work is proudly rooted in her Mexican heritage. Learn how Kahlo's folkloric style was inspired by traditional Mexican art, then enjoy a reading from Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales, written by Neil Phillip and illustrated by Jacqueline Mair.

October 5
Focusing on the exhibition Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, this Family Studio explores what happens when science and photography collide. Prepare for school picture day with a reading of Charlie and Lola: Say Cheese! by Lauren Child.

October 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Does energy have shape? What do sound waves look like? Delve into the wonders of science and photography through the special exhibition Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible. This daylong exploration leads you through the history of photography and offers a glimpse of the science behind it.

November 2 and 16
This Family Studio focuses on the work of Alexander Calder, engaging families with a medley of colors and shapes. The afternoon includes a reading of Calder's Circus, by the Roland Collection.

December 7 and 21
Be inspired by the dynamic sculpture of Martin Puryear, and then create your own wood and wire artworks. Don't miss a screening of Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas, the enchanting holiday film by William Wegman.


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Target Family Days are sponsored by Target. Major support for family programs is provided by The Wallace Foundation.

Generous support for school, youth, and family programs is provided by Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional support is provided by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., the S. H. Cowell Foundation, the McKesson Foundation, Robert Stewart Odell and Helen Pfieffer Odell Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, the Compton Foundation, Inc., the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Vodafone-US Foundation, Washington Mutual, and the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.

Media Contacts

  • Emma LeHocky, 415.357.4170,
  • Jill Lynch, 415.357.4172,


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.