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SFMOMA HOSTS 28TH ANNUAL DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE DINNER

Internationally Renowned Artist Mark Bradford to Speak 

Released: March 12, 2014

Mark Bradford; photo: Fredrik Nilsen

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Director’s Circle lecture and dinner recognizes donors who contribute $15,000 or more annually to the museum, and will take place this year on March 20. Attendance is by invitation only.

Generously sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank for the fifth year in a row, the evening marks an exclusive opportunity for Director’s Circle members to meet Mark Bradford, an artist with close ties to SFMOMA, and learn more about his practice, work, and forthcoming exhibitions. The loyal and enthusiastic support of Director’s Circle donors makes it possible for SFMOMA to present the thought-provoking exhibitions and dynamic public programs that make the museum a cultural leader locally, nationally, and internationally.

The dinner will be held outside SFMOMA’s building for the first time this year while the museum undertakes a major expansion to open in 2016.

Mark Bradford (b. 1961) lives and works in Los Angeles. Crafting abstract paintings from fragments of the urban environment — permanent-wave end papers, billboard paper, posters, newsprint—he has built a body of work that is richly layered in both material and meaning. The MacArthur award–winning artist’s seductive works reinvigorate abstraction with social awareness. Often resembling aerial views, they subtly map the patterns of class, race, gender, and sexuality that structure American life, especially life in South Central Los Angeles.

Bradford has exhibited widely, including at groups shows such as the Istanbul Biennial (2011), Seoul Biennial (2010), São Paulo Bienal (2006), and Whitney Biennial (2006). His solo exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum (2011), Maps and Manifests at Cincinnati Art Museum (2008), and Neither New nor Correct at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007). In 2009, Bradford was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. In 2012, SFMOMA co-hosted, with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the only West Coast presentation of Mark Bradford, the first major museum survey of paintings, sculptures, and multimedia works by this leading figure in contemporary American art.

What SFMOMA Director’s Circle Dinner
Who Co-chairs: Annie Robinson Woods and Kevin King; Honorary Chair: Ann C. Fisher
When Thursday, March 20, 2014
Where 888 Brannan, San Francisco; 6 p.m. Cocktails; 7 p.m. Program and dinner

The Director’s Circle Dinner is generously sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank. The venue is made possible in partnership with SKS Partners and Vantage Property Investors. Wines are provided by Peter Michael Winery. Catering is by McCalls. Décor is by Blueprint Productions and Got Light.