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SFMOMA’S NOW PLAYING SERIES RETURNS THIS SPRING WITH THURSDAY-EVENING ARTIST TAKEOVERS

Rineke Dijkstra talks photography; Mark Bradford inspires Bay Area musicians; and SECA 2010 artists animate the museum

Release date: February 7, 2012

SFMOMA’S NOW PLAYING SERIES RETURNS THIS SPRING WITH THURSDAY-EVENING ARTIST TAKEOVERS

Bump Records artists Keonte Belton and Mike Sneed; photo: Ian Davis. Courtesy Bay Area Video Coalition/Bump Records

Art gets off the wall at SFMOMA with its Now Playing series of Thursday-night events. On February 16 and March 15, artists will activate the museum with live music, readings, films, installations, and performances. Remaking the museum as platform, stage, and promenade, Now Playing invites artists to animate SFMOMA in unexpected ways, allowing guests to experience the museum as projection chamber, food as education and art, and artists playing the architecture. The events are free with museum admission and feature special menus in the Rooftop Garden from Blue Bottle Coffee Co., cash bars, and complimentary bites from some of the city's hottest restaurants.

BUMP Records on Mark Bradford, Rineke Dijkstra in Conversation

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6–10 p.m.

6 p.m. Blue Bottle Coffee Co. presents a whimsical Lovers Banquet featuring a signature cocktail and a performance by The Department

7 p.m. Artist talk: Rineke Dijkstra and SFMOMA Senior Curator of Photography Sandra S. Phillips

9 p.m. Performance: BUMP Records live set

Rineke Dijkstra starts the evening off with a conversation about her work with SFMOMA Senior Curator of Photography Sandra S. Phillips. Then local musicians from BUMP Records respond to Mark Bradford's multimedia piece Pinocchio is on Fire, featuring a composite pop star who is part soul singer Teddy Pendergrass.

BUMP Records is a free program that gives young artists (age 14–24) throughout the Bay Area the opportunity to develop real-world skills at a youth-run record label. Participants produce their own albums with the guidance of professional staff, who provide young artists with skills in music production, lyric/song writing, and social justice as they produce their own EP and group compilation; become more confident as artists and performers; and understand the elements of distributing, marketing, and promoting their work. BUMP artists performing at SFMOMA: Now Playing include Abbas Khalid, Moria Moore, and Queen Shabazz. The MC for this performance will be Do D.A.T., a performer and BUMP Records mentor from Oakland, CA.

SECA artists play SFMOMA—Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, Kamau Amu Patton

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6–10 p.m.

6 p.m. Blue Bottle Coffee Co. presents Society Banquet

7 p.m. Performances: SECA 2010 Artists

9 p.m. Performance: Coconut

On the occasion of the 2010 SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Art Award, we present an evening animated by the four awardees: Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, and Kamau Amu Patton. Each artist energizes the museum in new ways, including film- and sound-based performances, a live show by Jacobsen's band, Coconut, and his book release by Oakland-based publishing project Land and Sea.

SFMOMA: Now Playing is free with museum admission. Half-price Thursday-night tickets are available only on-site at the museum starting at 6 p.m.

Generous support for SFMOMA: Now Playing is provided by Levi Strauss & Co. Media support is provided by San Francisco magazine and SF Weekly. Production services are provided by Got Light?. Support for Thursday Nights at SFMOMA is provided by yp.com.

Media Contacts

  • Miriam Newcomer, 415.357.4170,
  • Robyn Wise, 415.357.4172,

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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 to open in 2016 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, from June 3, 2013 to early 2016, SFMOMA will be “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 our Web site at www.sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

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