SFMOMA Set to Sizzle This Summer

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has really cranked up the heat for art lovers this summer season.

That's in part because of the recent addition of a 14,000 square foot rooftop, popular Blue Bottle Coffee Bar and an exclusive exhibit from one of the most celebrated American photographers in history is set to debut. 

Cool sculptures twist and climb out of the ground to help create this contemporary oasis feel on the rooftop, that's quickly becoming the go-to scene to relax after a long day or sit and catch up with a friend.

The main attraction that's drawing crowds onto the 5th floor deck isn't for the eyes, however -- it's for the taste buds.

It's Oakland's own, Blue Bottle Coffee Bar.

Blue Bottle's incredibly meticulous, hands-on approach to micro-roasting has made it the most talked-about cup of joe on the market.

The Rooftop Garden Blue Bottle Coffee Bar at SFMOMA serves espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, caffè latte, caffè mocha, affogatto and New Orleans-style iced coffee made from carefully selected and prepared organic beans.

Products from other local vendors including Rechuitti chocolate, milk from Clover Organic Farms and Humphry Slocombe ice cream can also be found on the menu.

The coffee bar is open everyday, except Wednesdays, from 10am to 5 pm. Enjoy warm summer evenings on the roof on Thursdays when it stays open until 8.

After you jot that down, mark your calendars for July 11.  That's when "Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946–2004" opens.

The exhibition is being hailed one of the biggest events of the summer, with people from all over expected to visit.

SFMOMA is the only venue in the country that will show this collection. It's the first major retrospective of the iconic Avedon’s work since his death.

Over 200 photographs spanning the artist’s career will be presented ... from his early post-WWII street scenes, to his fabulous fashion work in 1950s Paris, to his far-reaching survey of American counterculture in the '60s and '70s, to the Reagan-era series, to his portraiture of the nation's most influential people.

The exhibition will run through the fall.

SFMOMA is located at 151 Third Street between Mission and Howard.

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