Special Events

March 18, 2010 - May 31, 2012
SFMOMA: Now Playing SFMOMA: Now Playing

Museumwide

Art gets off the wall at SFMOMA: Now Playing. Artists electrify the museum with live music, spoken word, films, installations, and performances. Tasty drinks and good eats make the experience even more delicious. So come by, listen up, look around, rock out — in a word, play. With Thursday nights like this, who needs weekends?

Past

My Barbarian
My Barbarian

7:00 p.m. Screening of Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection
9:00 p.m. Performance by My Barbarian

Experience the museum animated by artists and luminaries. Tonight: whether re-establishing pagan rites in the desert, creating a song cycle for cross-dressing sailors and sequined…

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Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C
Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C

7:00 p.m. Screening of Douglas Gordon's Feature Film
9:00 p.m. Performance by Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C

Experience the museum animated by artists and luminaries. Tonight: the collaborative work of Bay Area-based Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C focuses on the real-time creation of film-like…

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Chris Johanson
Chris Johanson

7:00 p.m. Screening of Bay Area art documents, early 1990s to early 2000s
9:00 p.m. Chris Johanson presents the Mission supergroup The 17th & Capps

Experience the museum animated by artists and luminaries. Tonight: Johanson, a key figure who emerged among San Francisco's Mission School artists, returns to the Bay Area to…

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MEN
MEN

7:00 p.m. Screening by Ridykeulous
9:00 p.m. Performance by MEN

MEN's performance will feature ASL interpretation by Jennie Batchelder.

Brooklyn-based artist JD Samson has dubbed this evening her SFMOMA "takeover." In MEN, Samson (Le Tigre, Hirsute) joins Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet) and…

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Beth Custer Ensemble
Beth Custer Ensemble

7:00 p.m. Films by Alexander Hammid with music by Beth Custer Ensemble
9:00 p.m. My Grandmother with music by Beth Custer Ensemble

While the galleries await the installation of our fall exhibitions, roam the museum's open spaces recharged by artists. In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco Cinematheque…

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Sylvano Bussotti and sfSoundGroup
Sylvano Bussotti and sfSoundGroup

7:00 p.m. Screening of Bussotti's Rara (film), with live piano accompaniment by the director
9:00 p.m. Performance of music by Bussotti, featuring Bussotti and sfSoundGroup, curated by Luciano Chessa

In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Progetto Sonora-CEMAT, and inspired by Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera

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Anna Parkina and robbinschilds with Kinski
Anna Parkina and robbinschilds with Kinski

6:30 p.m. Curator talk
7:00 p.m. Performance by Anna Parkina
9:00 p.m. Performance by robbinschilds with Kinski

New Work artist Anna Parkina explores the legacy of Soviet and other early avant-gardes in a suite of works on paper and in this evening's West Coast performance debut. Then, in…

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How Wine Became Modern Featuring Pop-Up Magazine
How Wine Became Modern Featuring Pop-Up Magazine

6:00 p.m. Meatpaper magazine and Blue Bottle Coffee present "Food & Thought"
6:30 p.m. Curator talk
7:00 p.m. Screening: Dionysus in 69 (Brian De Palma, 1970)
9:00 p.m. Pop-Up Magazine presents Sidebar: Wine!

Pop-Up Magazine is unlike any other magazine. It won't arrive in your mailbox, and you can't buy it from a newsstand or read it online. Why? Because each issue is a live…

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Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards present Electric Party Songs
Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards present Electric Party Songs

6:00 p.m. Meatpaper magazine and Blue Bottle Coffee present "Food & Thought"
6:30 p.m. Curator talk
7:00 p.m. Screening: Allen Ginsberg home movies
9:00 p.m. Performance by Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards

Drawing from their investigation of Allen Ginsberg's poetry, 11 actors animate SFMOMA with a cycle of song, gesture, and movement that challenges the conventions of theater-based…

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Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof Present BAND
Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof Present BAND

A project of New York-based artist Pendleton with the experimental musicians of Deerhoof, BAND is an unfolding artwork that re-imagines Jean-Luc Godard's film Sympathy for the Devil.

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Ann Magnuson Plays David Bowie and Jobriath, or The Rock Star as Witch Doctor, Myth Maker, and Ritual Sacrifice
Ann Magnuson Plays David Bowie and Jobriath, or The Rock Star as Witch Doctor, Myth Maker, and Ritual Sacrifice

Magnuson is a performance artist, musician, and actress who defined 1980s downtown New York, marked college radio with her band Bongwater, and has graced everything from TV to…

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The Air We Breathe with Simon Fujiwara
The Air We Breathe with Simon Fujiwara

7:00 p.m. Poetry readings: George Albon, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian
8:00 p.m. Performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Simon Fujiwara (separate ticket required)
9:00 p.m. Poetry reading: Eileen Myles

"Equality is in the air we breathe," wrote Langston Hughes in his poem Let America be America Again. For the exhibition The Air We Breathe, SFMOMA invited artists to…

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BUMP Records on Mark Bradford, Rineke Dijkstra in Conversation
BUMP Records on Mark Bradford, Rineke Dijkstra in Conversation

7:00 p.m. Artist talk: Rineke Dijkstra and Sandra S. Phillips
9:00 p.m. Performance: BUMP Records live set

To mark the opening of our winter exhibitions, we present an evening of artists' voices and visions. Rineke Dijkstra starts the evening off with a conversation about her work with…

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SECA Artists Play SFMOMA: Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, Kamau Amu Patton
SECA Artists Play SFMOMA: Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, Kamau Amu Patton

On the occasion of the 2010 SECA Art Award, we present an evening animated by the four awardees: Ancalmo, Jacobsen, Laskey, and Patton. Look forward to film- and sound-based…

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Los Jaichackers Present Double Grooves and Dirty Menudo with CHUCHA SANTAMARIA, Moises Medina, and Los Master Plus
Los Jaichackers Present Double Grooves and Dirty Menudo with CHUCHA SANTAMARIA, Moises Medina, and Los Master Plus

Los Jaichackers (Spanglish for hijackers) is a project of artists Julio Cesar Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron, who track down the global DNA of emerging street and club music in…

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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.

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Photo: Winni Wintermeyer