A Memorable Evening at the SFMOMA Modern BallMay 8th, 2012 | By Joyce Maroon | Category: What's Cloutworthy
Photo credits: Joyce Maroon and Drew Altizer, used with permission
Rain or shine, a ball must go on, and go on it did! With the rain pitter pattering over our heads more than 2,000 guests attended the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s Modern Ball on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Bay Area’s biggest art bash of the year and SFMOMA’s premier fundraising gala, the event completely transformed the museum for the night, with sumptuous cuisine, flowing cocktails, chic lounges, dancing, art, and a DJ set by acclaimed Montreal-based electrofunk duo Chromeo for the post-party.
While San Franciscans always thrill to dress up for a Stanlee R. Gatti-designed soiree—this affair was no exception with fabulous looks at every turn. Of course the main cause for the occasion was to raise critical support that allows SFMOMA to serve more than 50,000 students, teachers, and families with free access to innovative art education programs.
The overall theme of the evening was a nod to Picasso. In the Gala Dinner tent, dramatic blue velvet drapery and neon blue tables lit from within—each crowned with a cubist “guitar” centerpiece—tipped a hat to Picasso’s Blue Period. In the more laid-back Supper Club tent, rattan décor channeled the artist’s fascination with “Primitivism.”
The three-tiered affair began in the museum’s Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music by DJ Vin Sol for the Gala Dinner guests, which included honored artist of the night Doug Aitken; former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown; event chair Dolly Chammas (looking stunning in Roberto Cavalli) and her husband George Chammas; honorary event chairs Helen and Charles Schwab; event sponsor and museum trustee Mimi Haas; celebrity chefs Hubert Keller (who also delighted everyone with a DJ set later in the evening), Michael Tusk, and Gary Danko; SFMOMA board president Bob Fisher and his wife Randi Fisher; Mrs. Donald Fisher; and designer Yves Behar; among 500 other guests including, Norah and Norman Stone, Vanessa Getty, Charlotte and George Shultz, Pat and Bill Wilson and Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson, to name a few.
Simultaneously at The Supper Club, partygoers mingled in a stylish lounge with signature cocktails by Patron Tequila, gourmet culinary stations, irresistible dance music by DJ CAMS, and a performance by LA-based pop-disco band Poolside—the packed dance floor was definitely a hot spot all night long.
Gala Dinner and Supper Club guests then converged with additional party people at the completely sold-out Post-Modern Party, centered in the museum’s soaring atrium, with bubbly by Chandon and late-night bites by Aziza, Bix, Tacolicious, and others. Chromeo held court on the decks and Patr?n’s crowd-favorite photo booth was in demand all night long.
This event was definitely an event not to be missed and one that has set the bar extremely high for the next Modern Ball.