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SFMOMA's 2019 Art Bash Fundraiser Enlivens Entire Museum on May 22

Unique Activations from Artists JR, Tauba Auerbach, Nick Cave and Stephen ESPO Powers for Museum’s One-Night-Only Benefit

Riveting Live Music from A-Trak, Luna, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and More

Released: March 12, 2019 · Download (891 KB PDF)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 12, 2019) — The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces that Art Bash, its art-filled biennial fundraiser, will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. With seven floors of modern and contemporary art installations and performances, Art Bash is an exciting one-night-only experience that benefits SFMOMA’s vibrant exhibition and education programs, which affirm the significance of art with the goal to be accessible and meaningful to the broadest possible audience.

The two-part fundraising evening of art experiences throughout the museum will include an exquisite dinner with tablescapes by artist Tauba Auerbach, followed by a lively museum-wide party featuring activations by artists JR, Nick Cave and Stephen ESPO Powers, as well as special music performances by A-Trak, Luna, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and more.

Tauba Auerbach; photo: courtesy the artist


Dinner guests will kick off the evening at 6 p.m. with an artful cocktail hour in SFMOMA’s street-level Roberts Family Gallery, surrounded by JR’s monumental digital mural The Chronicles of San Francisco. At 7 p.m. dinner guests, including celebrated artists and art world leaders, will ascend the museum’s Roman Steps to Helen and Charles Schwab Hall for a delectable vegetarian dinner experience featuring tablescapes by artist Tauba Auerbach, who will be the subject of a major survey exhibition at SFMOMA next spring.



Following the dinner, the entire museum will open to dinner and party guests from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for revelry throughout the building. Guests will enjoy outstanding music, live art-making and all you can eat and drink. Highlights of the party will include:

Artist JR; photo: courtesy JR-art.net

Floor 1



JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco and Inside Out

Art Bash will mark the debut of The Chronicles of San Francisco, the extraordinary digital mural by French photographer and artist JR depicting a cross-section of daily life for over 1,200 people in San Francisco. JR will also activate Inside Out: The People’s Art Project in the outdoor Howard Street corridor by taking portraits of guests in his mobile studio and immediately pasting the images onto a nearby wall, offering partygoers the exciting opportunity to participate in one of the artist’s unique installations. Over the course of the evening, the wall will transform into a temporary one-of-a-kind mural of Art Bash attendees.



Nick Cave

Renowned performance and multimedia artist Nick Cave will activate the atrium with a glowing LED art floor and Soundsuit Invasions. Throughout the evening, 10 dancers in Cave’s elaborate and whimsical Soundsuits will take to the floor.

Left: Nick Cave; photo: Sandro
Right: Nick Cave Soundsuit Invasions; photo: photo Zan Wimberley, courtesy Carriageworks, Sydney


DJ D Sharp

The official DJ of the reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors, DJ D Sharp will spin irresistible beats in the entrance at Minna Street.




The party will culminate in the soaring atrium with an unforgettable performance by Canadian DJ A-Trak. Named one of the 50 most important people in electronic dance music by Rolling Stone, A-Trak has toured with Kanye West and worked with Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus, among other musicians.


Floor 2



Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now

Mythos, Psyche, Eros: Jess and California


Floor 3



Art Bar by Stephen ESPO Powers

On the third floor, guests will enjoy festive cocktails at an Art Bar created by Brooklyn- and Philadelphia-based artist Stephen ESPO Powers. The outdoor bar will be in front of Living Wall on the sculpture terrace near Powers’s exhibition in the Architecture + Design gallery. Powers’s site-specific commission, Daymaker, will bring his energetic layering of sign painting, contemporary iconographies and typographic musings to SFMOMA.

Stephen ESPO Powers; photo: Matthew Kuborn


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Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light

Johannes Brus

Elemental Calder


Floor 4



The Silver Factory featuring Luna and DJ Kelley Stoltz

In celebration of the major retrospective Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, the fourth-floor White Box will be transformed into The Silver Factory inspired by Warhol’s New York studio and presented by Bank of America. Guests will party like famous artists with Warhol film screenings and intimate performances by the indie pop band Luna and DJ Kelley Stoltz. Luna band members Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips have been closely involved with The Andy Warhol Museum over the past 15 years, including through the performance commissions 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests and Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films.


Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

New Work: Rodney McMillian

Approaching American Abstraction


Floor 5



The California Experience featuring Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and DJ Lady Ryan

San Francisco–based alternative folk rock band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and DJ Lady Ryan will perform in the pavilion and outdoor sculpture garden.



Louise Bourgeois Spiders

Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art


Floor 6



German Art after 1960


Floor 7



Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here

Pat O’Neill: Three Answers


Produced in partnership with Artsy, SFMOMA’s Art Bash Benefit Auction features works donated by SFMOMA Artist Trustees Rosana Castrillo Díaz and Ed Ruscha, and Art Bash special guests Tauba Auerbach and JR. Proceeds support SFMOMA’s exhibition and education programs. Bidding is available through noon PDT on May 24, 2019.



All benefit tickets may be purchased at sfmoma.org/art-bash:


Dinner + Party Ticket, 6 p.m.–1 a.m. – $3,500

VIP Party Ticket, 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m. – $500 (includes first Party entry and exclusive lounge with food, drinks and entertainment from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.)

Party Ticket, 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m. – $250

Late Night Party Ticket, 10 p.m.–1 a.m. – $95


The dress code for the evening is “artsy chic.”


All guests must be 21 years old or older to attend; valid photo ID is required for admission. A portion of all ticket sales is tax deductible.



Dolly and George Chammas
Melinda and Kevin P.B. Johnson
Jessica and Jason Moment
Gina and Stuart Peterson
Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg
John and Ali Walecka


Art Bash is sponsored by:

Dolly and George Chammas
Penny S. and James G. Coulter
Roberta and Steve Denning
The Fisher Family
Kathryn Hall and Tom Knutsen
Jessica and Jason Moment
Diana Nelson and John Atwater
Deborah and Kenneth Novack
Gina and Stuart Peterson
Lisa S. Pritzker
Helen and Charles Schwab
Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg
Larry Sonsini
John and Ali Walecka

With generous support from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund.

Art Bash 2019 is sponsored by AT&T, Bank of America and United Airlines, with interactive experiences designed by Dropbox, Facebook and method.

Franciscan and Ruffino are the official wine sponsors. Hangar 1 Distillery is the official spirits sponsor. Fort Point Beer Company is the official beer sponsor.

Jill Lynch 415.357.4172
Clara Hatcher Baruth 415.357.4177 chatcher@sfmoma.org