SFMOMA invites all art lovers to Art Bash, a spectacular party across the museum, celebrating trailblazing art and artists. This year’s Art Bash on April 19, 2023, honors the artist Marilyn Minter and features incredible artist-designed installations by Minter, Woody De Othello and Sadie Barnette. Partygoers also will experience a one-of-a-kind lineup of live performances and an array of food and beverage experiences.
The 2023 Art Bash rolls out in multiple phases of celebration throughout the evening, beginning with the immersive dinner experience (6 p.m.), followed by the pre-party (7 p.m.), party (8 p.m.) and late-night party (10 p.m.). Dinner guests will hear from acclaimed artist Marilyn Minter. Marilyn Minter will also provide provocative and lushly textured art featured on wallpaper and projected on screens during the dinner. Minter’s thrilling and hyperrealist paintings and photographs explore the female body, glamour and notions of beauty from a feminist perspective.
Throughout the night, SFMOMA will burst to life with engaging encounters and surprising art experiences, including a performance by pop-R&B singer Amber Mark, a DJ set by Toro y Moi and immersive art installations by Bay Area artists Woody De Othello and Sadie Barnette. Duserock and DJ Umami will keep the music flowing and invite guests to dance late into the night.
For the Art Bash pre-party, starting at 7 p.m., Oakland-based artist Woody De Othello will create a surreal and experiential jazz lounge across four galleries, including multiple bars and a performance art piece. A vinyl reproduction of a painting by Othello will serve as a feature wall welcoming guests as they enter the galleries.
Art Bash also marks the unveiling of Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette’s The New Eagle Creek Saloon at SFMOMA, an installation that reimagines her father’s bar—the first Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. The New Eagle Creek Saloon will feature a local DJ and performers from the Bay Area’s Black queer community as well as custom-designed coasters and a craft cocktail menu. While the original bar closed in 1993, Barnette’s installation acts as a site of celebration and resistance, embodying the slogan, “A friendly place, with a funky bass, for every race.” Public programs in Sadie Barnette’s The New Eagle Creek Saloon at SFMOMA will continue through May 11. More information may be found below or visit sfmoma.org.
To generate more excitement leading up to Art Bash, SFMOMA has commissioned local artists Rewina Beshue, Jeffrey Cheung, and Simón Malvaez to design eye-catching event posters that will be wheat-pasted around San Francisco. In addition, each of the artists will create a large-scale photo backdrop in their own style for the big event.
Photos courtesy of SF Moma