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jan 13 2010

San Francisco: MoMA's 75th

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (JD Rinne)

Happy Birthday, SFMOMA: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's 75th Anniversary weekend starts this Saturday, with free admission all weekend.

The museum's special "Best Of" anniversary show features works from big names like Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol, all from the permanent collection. Instead of just doing an audio tour for the show, museum curators have invited a group of 75 artists, writers, musicians, and staff members to give quick, 7.5-minute talks about an artist in the collection they are passionate about.

Luminaries include designer Yves Behar, New Yorker writer Rebecca Solnit, and California artist Robert Bechtle. The talks will be spread out throughout the museum and among the collection, every hour on the hour.

On Saturday night, there's an evening cash bar party with free performances by experimental musicians including cellist Zoe Keating, Loop! Station, and Matmos.

Also be sure to check out artist Mike Shine's temporary installation set up in a truck parked outside, on Minna Street between Third and New Montgomery Streets. Shine is a Northern California artist who works with found objects like driftwood.

Stay tuned for more of SF MOMA's anniversary events. It's going to be a jam-packed year.

151 Third Street, sfmoma.org, 415/357-4000. Cash-bar party is Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.; free admission and museum talks are from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Mike Shine's exhibit is Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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