Headlands Center for the Arts

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Experience the vibrant city of New Orleans through the eyes of artists. Enjoy a guided exploration of the citywide contemporary art triennial Prospect.5 New Orleans in its opening week, plus opportunities to meet participating Headlands Alumni Artists and a conversation with Prospect.5 Artistic Co-Director and Headlands Alumna Diana Nawi. The triennial has presented artwork by local, national, and international artists in New Orleans cultural institutions, highly unexpected environments, and public spaces since its first iteration in 2007, one year after Hurricane Katrina swept through the city. Past participating artists include Nick Cave, William Cordova, Julie Mehretu, Rashaad Newsome, Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, and hundreds of others, all embracing the social mission of Prospect, creating projects that resonate with the city’s rich history, culture, and institutions. Founded on the principle that the art of our time can play a significant role in the revitalization of a city, Prospect.5 invites residents and visitors to celebrate art and artists as intrinsic to the local landscape. Don’t miss this incredible contemporary art experience.

Sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
Trip activities scheduled October 22–25, 2020
$2,500 per person
Estimated value: priceless
Bidder responsible for all travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and dining accommodations. Hotel recommendations will be offered.

Photo: Joaquín on Unsplash

Photo: Joaquín on Unsplash




Photo: MJ Brown

Photo: MJ Brown

Curious to experience the burgeoning creative energy of this 21st-century city? You’ll be taken on a unique tour of Detroit’s underground galleries, neighborhoods buzzing with public art, and architectural highlights, led by San Francisco gallerist Jessica Silverman. You’ll also visit private art collections, artist studios, and some of Detroit’s most renowned institutions. Detroit is known as a longstanding haven for creatives and visionaries—take this opportunity to witness the ingenuity of the city’s art scene in its current moment.

Sold as individual tickets (nonrefundable)
Trip activities scheduled April 17-20, 2020
Courtesy of Jessica Silverman
$2,500 per person
Estimated value: priceless

Bidder responsible for all travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and dining accommodations. Hotel recommendations will be offered.





Immerse yourself in the magic of Northern California with a private tour and an afternoon meal at McEvoy Ranch, where art, farming, and nature reflect the creative spirit of the McEvoy family. With a backdrop of gardens, olive groves, orchards, and vineyards, learn about the history of the Ranch’s olive mill and its commitment to sustainable agriculture while tasting award-winning organic olive oil. After you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down to a seasonally inspired lunch, personally prepared by the resident chef from the farm’s offerings and paired with current vintages of McEvoy Ranch’s limited-production wines.

Space for 6, sold as a single package (non-refundable)
To be redeemed by December 15, 2019
Courtesy of Nion McEvoy and McEvoy Ranch
Estimated value: $1,500

Advance booking is required. Subject to availability. Booking times available Wednesday through Sunday, 11 to 2PM. Event must be booked at least one month prior to anticipated event date. Final counts and dietary restrictions due 10 days prior to event date. Cancellation less than 5 days from event date will forfeit your experience.

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Travel to France for a fashion-forward tour of the City of Lights with San Francisco’s own clothing connoisseurs Chris and Ben Ospital of MAC (Modern Appealing Clothing). Enjoy a personal consultation with Belgian designer Sofie D’Hoore, and preview an exclusive MAC/Sofie D’Hoore collaboration curated for Headlands Center for the Arts, with the option to purchase directly from the collection. The trip also includes unique shopping experiences at Le Bon Marché and other chic destinations, incredible food and dining with three curated group meals, and all the charm Paris has to offer.

Sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
Trip activities scheduled March 2–7, 2020
Courtesy of Sofie D’Hoore, Ben & Chris Ospital
$5,000 per person
Estimated value: priceless

Bidder responsible for all travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and dining accommodations.
Hotel recommendations will be offered.





Join us for an exclusive opportunity to visit Louise Bourgeois’ home in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, and be among the few to view the artist’s creative spaces not yet open to the public. You’ll explore rooms where Bourgeois made much of her artwork, take in the spaces where illuminating artist salons were held, tour the backyard sculpture garden, and visit the adjacent townhouse featuring a gallery and a research center for Bourgeois scholars and curators. This guided tour includes access to a comprehensive survey of photographs, exhibition announcements, and personal writings from Bourgeois’s career, providing unique insight into her process. Next, you’ll head to 101 Spring Street, where artist Donald Judd developed the concept of the permanent installation. Judd’s installations of artworks, furniture, and decorative objects strike a balance between respect for the historic nature of the landmark cast-iron building and his own innovative approaches to architecture and design. In addition to these inspirational spaces, you’ll enjoy two curated group dining experiences and visit several artists studios, completing this artistic process–themed trip.

Sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
Trip activities scheduled November 6–10, 2019
Courtesy of The Easton Foundation and Judd Foundation
$2,500 per person

Bidder responsible for travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and dining accommodations. Due to the historic nature of Louise Bourgeois’ home, the exhibition space and sculpture garden are wheelchair accessible, but upper floors have stair-only access.

Louise Bourgeois in her home studio in 1974 photo: Mark Setteducati, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Louise Bourgeois in her home studio in 1974
photo: Mark Setteducati, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY




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Gain entry to the exclusive Villa Taverna, a 60-year-old private social club in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood. In the intimate Club Room, you will enjoy a presentation by San Francisco-based Nancy Boas, author of the acclaimed Society of Six: California Colorists and David Park: A Painter's Life. A specialist in 20th-century Bay Area art, Boas is known for bringing to life Californian artists who have gained recent acclaim. Sip expertly made cocktails and delight in perfectly prepared Italian finger foods as you take in images documenting Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s residence in the building, and Ralph Stackpole's work creating the large sculptures flanking the entrance to the former Pacific Stock Exchange. Sit back and marvel at the thought of the numerous cultural and political luminaries who have frequented this unique Bay Area treasure.

Space for up to 12; sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
Date coming soon…
Courtesy of Nancy Boas, Villa Taverna
$200 per person
Estimated value: $1,200





Embark on an art-filled morning at Pace Palo Alto, where you and up to 11 guests will take in the work of New York-based light artist Leo Villareal. During your private tour with the President or Director of the gallery, you will enjoy a thoughtfully curated mid-morning or afternoon tour accompanied by your choice of a continental breakfast with mimosas or wine and dessert reception. Blurring the lines between LED and projections, Villareal uses modern technology to create an ethereal experience for the viewer. In addition to the highly anticipated exhibition at Pace Palo Alto, Villareal’s local artworks include The Bay Lights, which has set  San Francisco’s Bay Bridge aglow since 2013, and more recently The LED-light sculpture Point Cloud which spans the new Moscone Center pedestrian bridge in San Francisco. Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Space for up to 12; sold as a single package (non-refundable)
Contact the gallery to schedule between September 18 and October 24, 2019
Courtesy of Pace Gallery, Palo Alto
Estimated value: priceless

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Photo: Hargreaves & Associates

Photo: Hargreaves & Associates

Drive up the coast to explore the modern and contemporary art collection of Robert and Daphne Bransten. Having collected art from the British Isles for many years, the Branstens have a broad array of artwork inside their seaside home and throughout their beautifully landscaped sculpture garden. View works by Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long and others as you sip wine, coffee, or tea and take in the breathtaking views. This guided home and garden tour and private reception are not to be missed.

Space for up to 20; sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
3PM Saturday, July 20, 2019
Courtesy of Daphne & Robert Bransten
$150 per person
Estimated value: priceless





Enjoy an exclusive, behind-the-scenes private tour through one of the Bay Area’s most respected printing institutions, Paulson Fontaine Press. The Press specializes in intaglio printing, where designs are etched into metal plates, then filled with ink. During your visit you will observe master printers at work, seeing firsthand the subtle, highly intricate ways in which one-of-a-kind prints are created. Paulson Fontaine Press has attracted and published more than 500 editions with artists including Tauba Auerbach, Ross Bleckner, Christopher Brown, Spencer Finch, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Shaun O’Dell, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, the Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Kerry James Marshall, and Martin Puryear. The press’s entire archive is part of the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Following your tour, you and your guests will view artwork in Paulson Fontaine Press’s on-site gallery and enjoy conversation over wine and finger foods.

Space for up to 10; sold as a single package (non-refundable)
To be redeemed by June 1, 2020; contact gallery to schedule
Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press
Estimated value: priceless

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Host a memorable dinner party in your home for up to eight guests with all preparations thoughtfully handled by Headlands’ Special Events Chef Katie Powers. For years, Katie has nourished Headlands Center for the Arts’ inspiring community of artists, Board, staff, and visitors. Using delicious seasonal and local ingredients, the evening will include a four-course plated dinner for up to eight, paired with perfect prepared cocktails featuring small batch whisky and gin from Spirit Works Distillery. Many of the most meaningful things in life happen when people gather, so treat this as a chance to connect in a most unforgettable and artful way. As a bonus, invite your guests to join you in Sebastopol for a Spirit Works Distillery tasting to relive the fun and flavors all over again.

Space for up to 8; sold as a single package (non-refundable)
Available for Bay Area residents (East Bay, Sonoma, and San Francisco area)
Dinner to be be redeemed on any weeknight by June 1, 2020; contact Katie Powers Catering to schedule

Contact Spirit Works Distillery to schedule your tasting on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday before June 1, 2020
Courtesy of Katie Powers Catering & Spirit Works Distillery
Estimated value: $2,500





Enjoy a family-friendly hands-on introduction to fermented foods that can easily be made at home. You’ll start off with a chef-prepared lunch in Headlands Center for the Arts' Mess Hall, which will include samples of Chef Damon Little’s fermented foods. Then, you’ll head into the kitchen with Chef Damon to create your very own batch of kimchi, sauerkraut, or mixed vegetable pickles, customizing your jar with different spices to take home and ferment. You will also receive a large canning jar and fermentation lock, as well as detailed notes and recipes to continue your fermentation experimentation at home!

Space for up to 12; sold as individual tickets (non-refundable)
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Best suited for adults and children ages 8 and up
Courtesy of Damon Little
$200 per person
Estimated value: priceless

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