Special Event

Arts Medallion 2016

The Board of the Museum of Performance + Design takes great pleasure in announcing that Robert Mailer Anderson and Nion McEvoy will be presented with the San Francisco Arts Medallion 2016 for their outstanding leadership in the arts on March 14, 2016 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom.



An Evening with the Amazons

February 10, 2016

Join us for a unique chance to get insights into the revival of Carlo Pallavicino's Venetian opera The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, which has not been heard for more than 300 years. All SEATS ARE SOLD OUT! STANDING ROOM ONLY!


Exhibition Opening

Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin

March 17 - May 31, 2016

Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin will put on display a selection of iconic choreographic scores and performance videos by California dance pioneer Anna Halprin from the collection of the Museum of Performance + Design. Vibrant with colors and elaborate in design, the scores provide essential spatial, temporal and physical instructions for performances Halprin created between 1960s to 2000s and represent a record of her creative activity.


On view

The Roots

An interactive Participatory Public Installation by Latifa Medjdoub

The Roots is a site-specific installation designed to engage the public with the notions of movement, space and history. Spanning the whole open space of the archive, the installation is an aleatory open-ended structure that evokes the passing of time and the inter-workings of life. As an interactive, kinetic sculpture, The Roots disrupts our reality and enliven our senses. 


NEW! Online Exhibit

Leonid Yakobson Digital Archive

Developed by Janice Ross and Ljubisa Matic in partnership with the Museum of Performance + Design in conjunction with the publication of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia by Janice Ross, Yale University Press.


Online Resources


Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) is the only independent, non-profit art organization in the United States devoted to the history
of the performing arts and theatrical design. 

Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for over sixty-five years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials.

It manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the
history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area and hosts public programs onsite and online. MP+D recently moved from the Veterans Building in the Civic Center to a creative loft space in SOMA in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.