While the rest of the world was at Pop-Up Magazine last night, I was at SFMOMA's Modern Ball. Why? The Modern Ball is hands down a not-to-be-missed affair. And nobody in the city goes all out for their events in the same way that SFMOMA does. With events wunderkind Stanlee Gatti curating the festivities, the outcome is always a work of creative genius.
The museum was flanked by two humongous tents which had been transformed into spaces meant to inspire gasps of oh-my-goodness-this-is-insanely-cool. The first was a glamorous supper club. While people lounged on low furniture around the dance floor grazing on decadent bites, orbs glowed magically overhead.
The second was a "poolside" affair. Undulating fabric mimicking a wave hung from the ceiling and cast an electric shade of blue around the space. Picasso-esque guitars sat on the tables and geometric shapes hung on the walls. But best of all, Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys presided over everything from behind the DJ booth.
You don't get many chances to walk the red carpet in this town, and the fact that SFMOMA had one last night was appropriate for the crowd that turned out. From couture numbers on society folk to backless chic numbers on hipsters to full skirted art pieces on drag queens, ogling the dresses turned out to be one of the most fun adventures of the night.
Worn out from all of the fun and one too many complimentary cocktails, we left just as Chromeo was getting into full swing with their DJ set. From the look of it, we missed out on an epic dance party. I'm crossing my fingers that SFMOMA decides to host the Modern Ball again next year and not do without it like in years past. There's just nothing else quite like it.
Photos by Natalie Nolan.