SFMOMA’s Going Away Party: Winogrand Closes, Sprinkles Opens, And Free for All

Garry Winogrand , Metropolitan Opera, New York 1951

Garry Winogrand, Metropolitan Opera, New York 1951

While waiting for visiting friends to finish their shopping on Olivera Street, I perused the various social media outlets to distract myself from purchasing another pair of huarache sandals. The buzz around San Francisco, our fair city to the north, was impossible to ignore. Besides the elation of it’s inhabitants enjoying scorching summer temperatures pushing 75 degrees, there was a steady stream of bittersweet chatter surrounding the temporary closing of SFMOMA. The museum is shutting it’s doors for an estimated three years to focus on expansion. As a going away gift SFMOMA offered free admissions for the public to bid adieu.

Tweets whispered Annie Sprinkles and a gaggle of other sexual creatives were scheduled to perform. An Instagram of a special passed confirmed Sprinkles performance and that a dear colleague and burlesque performer would be joining her as an honorary sprinklette. An incoming text of gratitude arrived from a photography enthusiast whom finally caught the amazing Garry Winogrand exhibit. Inspired by Winogrand’s eye and passion for documentation, she gushed over his imagery and I refrained from saying I told you so. But, it was a local posting on Facebook, from a Los Angeles based tarot reader, that really piqued my interest. She was well, ecstatic about the ecstatic dancers participating in the closing processional scheduled for June 2nd at 5:30pm.

Artist Desiree Holman designed a send off befitting a city famously known as the birthplace for the new age. Within the procession are the Indigo Children, “a living and evolving humanity whose emotional and intellectual intelligence outstrips our own.” (Source) Holman’s The Indigo and the Ecstatic: A Motion to the Future is a 24 hour performance art spectacular that pays homage to the eclectic history of San Francisco while hinting at a different new age, one in modern art, that will follow once the doors reopen.


Collette McGruder