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Friday Nights at the de Young: Bridges

The Bay Bridge Stackpole photo

Peter Stackpole (photographer), American, 1913–1997. Gallows frames dot the catwalk as cable spinning begins between towers W2 and W3, ca. 1936. Gelatin silver print. Museum purchase, Pritzker Fund for Photography 2013.14.8

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Tonight, we celebrate the best of bridges and celebrate The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936 with the Marcus Shelby Ensemble, curator lecture and Bay Lights presentation.

Ticket Information

Public Programs are free with no reservations required unless otherwise noted. For those wishing to visit the galleries and special exhibitions, regular museum admission and special exhibition fees apply.


The Season Sponsor of Friday Nights at the de Young is Hanson Bridgett. Additional support is provided by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Georgia O'Keeffe Petunias
7:00 pm

Enjoy the festivities of Friday Nights at the de Young along with a pre-reserved spot on a docent led tour of Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe & Lake George.

Package includes the tour, an exhibition ticket, and a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic selection). Tours begin promptly at 7 pm. Discounts may not apply.

Museum Lobby
6:00 pm

Create a mixed-media project inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Art-making is a weekly project encouraging everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

Bay lights logo
Piazzoni Murals Room
6:00 pm

The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never repeating, dazzling display through March 2015 across the western span of the Bay Bridge.

Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Live music: Bridges, by The Marcus Shelby Ensemble and special guests

men building bridge
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

An overview of the current exhibition The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936 by Jim Ganz, curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.