The Gala Dinner

At the Modern Ball 2014

The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer
The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer
The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer
The Gala Dinner 2012; photo: Drew Altizer

Experience the ultimate night out: an exquisite dinner, a thrilling live auction featuring an artwork by Luc Tuymans, and irresistible surprises around every corner.

Gala Dinner guests will enjoy:

Details Location

5:45 p.m. Cocktails

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum

7:00 p.m. Seated dinner and live auction

The Gala Tent on Yerba Buena Gardens Terrace

9:00 p.m. Access to The Post-Modern Party

City View at Metreon

Raise a glass to the future! To purchase Gala Dinner tickets, please call 415.618.3263 or email An order form with table and ticket pricing is available here.

Live Auction

Auction artworks will be on view at John Berggruen Gallery from April 12 to April 30. Please inquire at the front desk for a special viewing.
John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
M-F 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sa 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For more information on auction items and to place a pre-bid, visit the SFMOMA Modern Ball online auction powered by .

Luc Tuymans, Dad's Heat, 2013

Luc Tuymans, Dad's Heat, 2013

Oil on canvas
64 x 45 in.
Courtesy the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Estimated value: $700,000-$950,000

Widely heralded as one of the most influential painters working today, Luc Tuymans uses deceptively straightforward imagery to plumb the complexities of politics, culture, and memory. His large-scale oil painting Dad's Heat, which depicts a space heater given to him by his father, beautifully showcases the artist’s alchemy, transforming a banal object into a mesmerizing composition.

Image: Luc Tuymans, Dad's Heat, 2013; © Luc Tuymans; photo: © Pictura Imaginis.


Philip Guston, Untitled, 1960, Estate #189

Philip Guston, Untitled, 1960

Ink on paper
26 1/2 x 32 in. (framed)
Estate #189
Courtesy Musa and Tom Mayer and McKee Gallery, New York
Estimate value: $100,000-$150,000

Philip Guston's creative daring over the course of his five-decade-long career helped secure his place as one of the most celebrated American artists of the twentieth century. This 1960 drawing captures a key moment of stylistic metamorphosis, reflecting the spontaneous, gestural abstraction for which Guston was so well known at the time, while anticipating the quivering figurative elements of his later paintings.

Image: Philip Guston, Untitled, 1960; © Philip Guston.


Wayne Thiebaud, Steep Street, 1981

Wayne Thiebaud, Steep Street, 1989

Color spit bite aquatint with drypoint
41 1/2 x 33 in. (framed), ed. 2/50
Courtesy Christine and Pierre Lamond
Estimated value: $12,000-$17,000

No artist captures the real and fantastical beauty of San Francisco as deftly as Wayne Thiebaud. Steep Street, created in the studios of the renowned Crown Point Press, showcases Thiebaud's unique approach to rendering the city's signature terrain, freely conflating the geometry of streets and buildings, undulating topography, and ethereal, sherbet-hued light in a magical composition.

Image: Wayne Thiebaud, Steep Street, 1989; © Wayne Thiebaud.


Celebrity Chef Dinner

Celebrity Chef Dinner

Courtesy Lindsay and Michael Tusk
Estimated value: Priceless

Four of the Bay Area's most celebrated chefs, boasting a stunning eight Michelin stars among them — Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, David Kinch of Manresa, Joshua Skenes of Saison, and Michael Tusk of Quince and Cotogna — will combine forces for one night only to become a fine-dining dream team of legendary proportions. The winner of this package will receive a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime private dinner for sixteen — and memories to last a lifetime. Date and location to be mutually agreed upon.

Images, clockwise from top left: David Kinch; photo: Eric Wolfinger. Dominique Crenn; photo: Stephanie Hua. Michael Tusk; photo: Eric Wolfinger. Joshua Skenes; photo: Mark Leet.


Please note: All Modern Ball attendees must be 21 or over. Valid photo ID required.

Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final.

Artists and times are subject to change.