SAN FRANCISCO (April 22, 2016)—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will open to the public for free on Saturday, May 14, 2016, with a day of festivities that include a neighborhood celebration with cultural organization activations in the Yerba Buena district and beyond. The newly expanded SFMOMA will offer nearly triple the gallery space, with inaugural exhibitions showcasing 260 works from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of postwar and contemporary art, more than 600 artworks promised to the museum through its Campaign for Art and the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography.
SFMOMA’s ribbon-cutting festivities with SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, other members of museum leadership and civic dignitaries will be open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Howard Street, which will be closed to traffic between Hawthorne and Third Streets from 4 a.m. to noon that day. Street entertainers, musicians and chalk artists, including performers from SFJAZZ, the SF Conservatory Collective, the Chinese American International School and Circus Center will entertain the crowd in front of the museum’s new entrance at Howard Street.
The museum distributed more than 5,000 free timed tickets for Opening Day and tickets are now sold out. Visitors with timed tickets are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their ticket time and the museum will open to ticket holders at 11 a.m. While tickets to the museum’s galleries on free Opening Day are sold out, tickets are available to purchase online for May 15 and onward at sfmoma.org.
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