Friday, March 31
The Museum blooms, the garden glows, and the Plaza pops!
Phenomenal, full-tilt fun awaits at Bloom Bash, the high-voltage, late-night celebration that kicks off Art Alive weekend.
Revel in craft food and cocktails, art installations, live performances, and music, plus enjoy the Museum galleries to be among the first to see the beautiful Art Alive floral exhibition.
Bloom Bash features
- Divine delicacies from San Diego’s top fine dining eateries and dessertiers
- An extravagant selection of custom mixed libations from this year’s partners Cutwater Spirits, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Hendrick’s Gin, Ketel One Botanical, and Panama 66
- Craft beer by Rincon Reservation Road Brewery, upscale wines, and other delicious thirst-quenchers
- Stunning contemporary art installations that will dazzle the eye
- After-hours access to the Art Alive Floral Exhibition
- Return of the Ferris wheel on the plaza sponsored by Harrah’s Resort Southern California
- Live music, unique performances, and dancing all night
- Plus more to be announced…
Tickets now on sale
$250 members | $300 nonmembers
This is a 21+ event. ID required.
Please bring your ID and printed ticket to the event. Learn about more exclusive VIP offerings available in our new Bloom Bash packages. Click here. Proceeds from Bloom Bash and Art Alive, The San Diego Museum of Art’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition, benefit education, outreach, and art initiatives year-round. No refunds available. Bloom Bash tickets are tax deductible (less $75 per ticket). If you are unable to attend, please return your tickets in advance of Bloom Bash so that your donation is fully deductible. Tickets are non-refundable. In the event of Bloom Bash cancellation due to inclement weather, all tickets are considered fully deductible charitable donations. Masks are strongly recommended inside the Museum. See full details here.
Bloom Bash Featured Artists
Laurie Shapiro is an installation artist and painter living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her work is featured in public and private collections worldwide; in addition to widely commissioned all-encompassing installations for clients including the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Otherworld, Walter Studios, and most recently, The San Diego Museum of Art. Shapiro holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Focusing on the intrinsic connection between all living species, Shapiro’s work both conceptually and physically brings people together.
“We Are All Connected To Each Other Through Nature” is an immersive, glowing tunnel installation made with repetitive screen-printed drawings of plant life, as well as layers of hand painting on clear vinyl. Hanging lanterns with the same patterns add colorful glows of light within and outside of the tunnel, creating an interactive and glowing environment on the plaza where visitors of all ages are encouraged to playfully interact with the artwork.
“Magic Lanterns” are a special edition of ten unique flower-shaped hanging light sculptures. Shapiro designed the metal frames, which she covered with mixed media painting and sewing. Equipped with smart bulbs, the Magic Lanterns flicker and change colors, creating glows that illuminate the Museum’s courtyard.
Amanda Witucki is a self-taught paper sculpture artist working from her home studio in Austin, Texas. Her paper-folded creations rely heavily on repetition, creating a textural playscape for her vivid and unique color palettes.
Bloom Bash Chairs
Robin Wilson Carrier
Bloom Bash Sponsors
ARLO San Diego
ARTIFACT at Mingei by Urban Kitchen Group
Barrel & Board
Dang Brother Pizza
Feast on This Culinary & Event Production
Flour Power Cakery
French Gourmet Catering, Bakery & Restaurant
Herb & Wood
Kairoa Brewing Co.
Karen Krasne’s Extraordinary Desserts
Lakehouse Resort & Golf
Le Parfait Paris
Nobu San Diego
Pretzels and Pints
Provisional at Pendry San Diego
Sweet Petite Confections
Terra Catering and Events
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
The Wild Thyme Company