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Friday Nights at the de Young: Modernist Movements

image of water

Moses Hacmon, Faces of Water. Courtesy of the artist

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Soundwave creates a modernist event with works that explore water, our most important natural resource, in conjunction with special exhibition Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection.

Inspired by the modernist-era sonic artists such as John Cage, Elliot Carter, and Igor Stravinsky, who reinterpreted music and created innovations that led to new ways of organizing and approaching harmonic, melodic, sonic, and rhythmic aspects of music, this evening's program will present artists and musicians who explore these notions and pay homage to modernism throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces.

MEDIATE presents San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial festival of innovative sound, art, and music. Each two-year season brings together multidisciplinary artists to investigate a new idea through sound that challenges the way you see, hear, and experience art and music.

Ticket Information

Friday Nights at the de Young public programs are free of charge. Tickets are required to view permanent collection galleries and the special exhibitions.


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

Contact Information
Public Programs
(415) 750-7694
art making table
Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

Create a Modernist mixed-media art project inspired by Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

de Young exterior
Garden of Enchantment
6:00 pm

Sound artist and instrument builder Jay Kremier creates When It's Gone, a performance installation that explores human use of water and waste, using an invented instrument made of laboratory glass, which makes sounds of different tones and pitches as it fills and empties, evoking repetition and emptiness. 

Luciano Chessa
Hamon Education Tower—9th Floor
6:00 pm

Composer Luciano Chessa performs the world premiere of a site-specific work, which he calls "a sky-view aural experience into our changing landscapes that summons back our vanishing seas."

Performances are 30 minutes long and take place from 6–6:30 pm and 7:30–8 pm.
man in water
Wilsey Court
6:00 pm

Artist Moses Hacmon presents his breathtaking large-scale photographic art installation Faces of Waterwhich captures the movement and energy of water.

Photo of Adele Crawford's work
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

Adele Crawford's work investigates transience and impermanence. Drawing from an ever-expanding collection of commonplace materials, she explores elements of past and present. Selecting obsolete things, such as photographs from the 1800s, vintage books, or personal papers, she alters their appearance and creates for them a new intention. Process drives her work, which is slow, reflective, and repetitive as she dissects, alters, and reconfigures.

Conspiracy of Beards choir in action
Wilsey Court
7:00 pm

7–7:30 pm & 8–8:30 pm

The unique 30-member all-male choir Conspiracy of Beards performs water-inspired songs of legendary poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen (b. 1934).