George Travels to the Afterlife (2013)

artist: Niki Ulehla
music: wobbly
puppeteers: Renu Cappelli, Petra Class, Niki Ulehla

SFMOMA Countdown Live


After nearly two decades of bringing modern and contemporary art experiences to audiences in its iconic Third Street building, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will temporarily close its doors to the public at end of day on June 2, 2013 to prepare for two-and-a-half years of construction on the museum’s major expansion project. After June 2, SFMOMA will be on the go, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area until the museum’s expanded home reopens in early 2016.

During the final four days before closure—Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2, 2013—museum admission and all related festivities will be free to all. A special Countdown Celebration will activate the entire museum with ways to mark this extraordinary moment of transformation for SFMOMA, launching a new chapter in its 78-year history.


A nonstop, 24-hour live art variety show brings artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, and writers to the stage. Each participant will perform a 20-minute set, offering a robust and lively portrait of the Bay Area creative community. Oakland arts collective Wonderment Consortium (Packard Jennings, Steuart Pittman, and Scott Vermeire), comedian Marga Gomez, comedian George Chen, and drag superstar Peaches Christ will each host a six-hour set of performances. The Blue Bottle Coffee Bar will offer a changing menu throughout the program, bringing back some of its most popular art-inspired treats. Toast to SFMOMA's future with cash bars on the roof and in the atrium from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

SF MOMA Countdown Celebration
May 30 - June 2, 2013
Free to all