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"Alice Neel: People Come First" Opening Day Celebration

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painting by Alice Neel

© The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner. Image courtesy the Cleveland Museum of Art

Join us to celebrate the art and legacy of American artist Alice Neel and the opening of Alice Neel: People Come First. This free, all-day event includes art making, live portraits, live music, and a panel conversation offering an in-depth look at the making of the exhibition and the life the artist.

Ticket Information

Admission to Alice Neel: People Come First is free on opening day, March 12. Tickets for the exhibition will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis and available onsite only, with a limit of four tickets per family.

child making art with an adult

Photo credit Gary Sexton

12:30 pm–4:30 pm \ Family Art Making Activities
Piazzoni Murals Room

Families are invited to draw each other during this drop-in activity centered on Alice Neel and her pictures of people. All ages are welcome.

people holding up drawings

Courtesy of Eli Africa

11 am–12 pm and 1–4 pm \ Portrait Drawing with Eli Africa
Piazzoni Murals Room and Café Terrace

Learn the basics of drawing people in an 11 am interactive workshop with local artist Eli Africa, and receive a free live portrait drawing. Live portrait drawing will also take place at 1 pm. Limited spaces available, drawings will be made on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to workshop participants.

B-Side Brujas artists

Courtesy of B-Side Brujas

1–4 pm \ Live Music by B-Side Brujas
Wilsey Court

Enjoy live music by Bay Area DJ collective B-Side Brujas! Cherry Bogue (aka The Geekin Rican) and Zakiya Mowat (aka Lil Zé) are born and raised Bay Area artists of all mediums. As women rooted in their Caribbean ancestry, they appreciate the incredible sounds of the world on and off the turntables, and actively hold space for arts and music within their community. Learn more.

People in an auditorium

Photo credit Gary Sexton

2–3:15 pm \ Exhibition Curators in Conversation
Koret Auditorium

Join us for a behind the scenes look at Alice Neel: People Come First. This in-depth conversation will feature Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition co-curators Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky curator of contemporary art, and Randall Griffey, curator of modern and contemporary art, facilitated by Lauren Palmor, assistant curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis an hour before the start of the program. Learn more.


Free admission to Alice Neel: People Come First on opening day is generously underwritten by Gucci.

Contact Information

Public Programs
(415) 750-7694