Tuesday, June 04, 2013
In the windup to the building closure on Sunday, the SFMOMA was free & open around the clock this past weekend. I dropped in around midnight on Saturday, just to say I was there. The place was wall-to-wall people, & it felt like a party. Drinks were available in the lobby & the rooftop garden, where it was even hard to find a place to stand.
There were continuous live events in the 5th floor cafe area, though the chatter from the rooftop crowd was so loud that it was hard to pay attention to anything. I saw archivist Rick Prelinger narrate a 20-minute excerpt of his silent documentary No More Road Trips?, a compilation of home movies shot on family road trips. Footage of tourists feeding bears along the highway was alarming.
There were a lot of couples & groups of young people who looked like they'd be comfortable spending all night in the museum.
The central stairwell was jam-packed, & it took me a good 5 minutes to get back downstairs. The wait to see The Clock was announced as 4 hours. When I left after midnight, entry to the building was temporarily paused, & the line outside stretched around the corner.
§ SFMOMA Countdown Celebration
May 30, through Sunday, June 2, 2013