The Modern Ball, 2016; photo: © Drew Altizer Photography

Special Event

The Surprise Bash

Part of The Birthday Bash

Expect the unexpected. Enjoy early intimate access to the whole museum before the Bash kicks into high gear. Head to Floor 7 to celebrate with copious libations, festive fare, and unique art experiences, including a special mural by Clare Rojas and Barry McGee. Take in live performances by Helado Negro and Les Twins, and more. Then join the Late-Night Bash, featuring a headline performance by Grammy Award–winning artist Solange.


6:31 p.m.


Enter at Howard Street through Be No More, an installation by Judy Chicago

Helen and Charles Schwab Hall, Floor 2

7:31 p.m.

Festive Fare, Libations, + Art Encounters

Galleries, Floor 7

  • Mural by Clare Rojas + Barry McGee
  • FLASH FLASH FLASH: An Exhibition as Tattoo Parlor by Gagosian*
  • DJ set by King Most
  • Multibowl by Bennett Foddy and AP Thomson
  • The Refusal of Time by William Kentridge
  • Magic + Mentalism by Brad Barton, Reality Thief

8:15 p.m.

Performance by Helado Negro
Stage, Floor 7

8:45 p.m.

Performance by Les Twins
Stage, Floor 7

9:01 p.m.

Join the Late-Night Bash with a Headline Performance by Solange
Floors 1–7
During the Late-Night Bash, limited reserved seating will be available on Floors 2 and 3 for guests of the Surprise Bash.

*Original flash tattoos designed by Alex Israel and St. Vincent will be tattooed in editions of three, and hand-numbered on the skin of each recipient—once three people get each tattoo, the designs are retired forever. Space is limited. Email bash@sfmoma.org to find out more.
All guest names will be held at the door; tickets will not be mailed.
Monochromatic attire. Be bold in the color of your choice.
All Birthday Bash guests must be 21 and older. Valid photo ID required.

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