Rashaad Newsome, Shade Compositions, October 5, 2012; Photo: Chris Brennan


Performance at SFMOMA is always new. New commissions, new stories, new relationships. It’s the art of the now.

Dominic Willsdon
Leanne and George Roberts Curator of
Education and Public Practice

Performance at SFMOMA explores and honors the ways that artists think about objects and experiences. Through our commitment to new work, key artists, and our audiences, we provide a forum for understanding creative processes.

SFMOMA has a long-standing history of presenting groundbreaking live performance experiences, dating back to the 1940s. By 1959, SFMOMA was a regular venue for a wide range of live performances, including experimental music, sound events, light shows, and more.

Each year, we commission artists to consider new ways of presenting their work in a gallery context. From daytime family events to nights out, audiences have a unique opportunity to follow works in progress and establish relationships with our artists. All access, and often all ages, we invite you to leave your devices behind and join us in real time.

Limited Edition

Organized by Open Space, the museum’s interdisciplinary platform for contemporary arts and culture, Limited Edition celebrates distinct voices in the local and national performance scene. Inspired in part by Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, the winter 2018 program takes a thematic look at artistic lineage, exploring a range of connections in contemporary performance.