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The Final Moments at SFMOMA

Scott Lucas | May 30, 2013 | Story Galleries and Performance

By now, you know that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be closing its doors for the next three and a half years while it constructs a 225,000-square-foot addition. The final day will be Sunday, June 2, after which the place will go dark. But don't despair! This weekend offers a host of free events to mark the final countdown. Here's our guide to what you don't want to miss.

Countdown Celebration Kick-Off Party. A sangria bar by Coqueta. Beer from Anchor Brewing. A gaming lounge. DJ my little pony. Why can't going to the museum always be this much fun? Thursday, 6-9:45 PM.

Gallery Talks. Never got that art history degree you fantasized about in college? It's not too late to learn something. There's a roaming series of 20-minute talks about major piees in the permanent collection, including some by Marchel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, and Mark Rothko. All day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Continuous Viewing of The Clock. Christian Marclay's triumph of film editing will be shown in full over a 24-hour period. Saturday through Sunday.

Farewell Processional: We'll let the museum explain this one: "Drawing on eccentric histories of time and space, from New Age culture and extraterrestrial encounter to paranormal powers, [artist DesirĂ©e] Holman mobilizes extraordinary characters, costumes, and objects that can make the museum’s and our own futures happen now." Sunday, 5:30 PM.

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