Photos & Video | Bay Area Turns Out for SFMOMA’s Epic Art Bash

Event: Art Bash 2023
Date: April 19, 2023
Location: SFMOMA, San Francisco
Photos (85): Drew Altizer, Devlin Shand, Ando Caulfield, Jessica Monroy for Drew Altizer Photography

SFMOMA’s marvelous, museum-wide party and fundraiser on April 19 featured spectacular creations and performances by trailblazing artists, with immersive art installations, music and dancing from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.  A total of 2,000 guests attended SFMOMA’s 2023 Art Bash, including a wide array of artists, performers, and community members, as well as leaders in the fashion, business, finance, tech and philanthropy sectors. The museum welcomed 340 dinner guests, 100 pre-party guests, and more than 2,000 additional partygoers from 8 p.m. onward. 

Highlights of the night included Marilyn Minter’s artwork My Cuntry ‘Tis of Thee in wallpapers and video, Woody De Othello’s Jazz Lounge, Sadie Barnette’s installation The New Eagle Creek Saloon, a performance by pop-R&B singer Amber Mark, and a DJ set by Toro y Moi. The evening also featured memorable, fashion-forward looks worn by guests dressed by the evening’s fashion sponsor Valentino.  Art Bash raised $2.3 million in support of SFMOMA’s much-loved education and family programs and community engagement events that benefit over 150,000 people every year.

Art Bash was spearheaded by Art Bash 2023 Host Committee members Kumasi Aaron, Azzurra Alliata, Sabrina Buell, Katie Colendich, Wes Mitchell, Brittany Pattner, Alexis Pence, Grace Salk and Neal Sarin. Art Bash funds SFMOMA’s much-loved education and family programs and community engagement events that benefit over 150,000 people every year, such as the popular First Thursdays, offering free admission for all Bay Area residents. More…

April 22–May 11, 2023 | Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon – Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette’s The New Eagle Creek Saloon (2019) is an installation and performance series that reimagines San Francisco’s first Black-owned gay bar, opened by the artist’s father, Rodney Barnette, in 1990 … While on view, the installation will be brought to life with performances, storytelling, and open “happy hours” for dancing and enjoying a drink. More…

April 27, 2023 | Libations and Spirits: An Evening of Film and Performance with The Black Aesthetic – Inspired by the history and legacy of The New Eagle Creek Saloon, San Francisco’s first Black-owned gay bar, curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic (TBA) presents an evening of film, moving image, and performance within Sadie Barnette’s installation. Featuring music videos, excerpts from James Baldwin’s trip to San Francisco, and original film works by Marlon Riggs, John Sanborn, and H. Lenn Keller, their response to Barnette’s work is curated to depict and uplift the queer rhythms and cuts of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. More…

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