We open Season 10 of Friday Nights at the de Young with a celebration of the special exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George.
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.
Celebrate these four diverse artists and their installation with light refreshments.
Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each has developed personalized techniques to obtain unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality. In order to create with cut paper, the artist must first destroy, an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of creation and destruction.
Create a mixed-media landscape inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Art making takes place every week during Friday Nights at the de Young. Everyone of all ages is encouraged to tap into their creativity.
Sit down, relax, and have your vintage portrait taken by the team at Smilebooth and Alfred Steiglitz (portrayed by artist Jeremy Sutton), who photographed Georgia O'Keeffe more than 300 times and made her an icon.
The period when Georgia O’Keeffe made regular visits to Lake George is the most productive of her career and coincides with her emergence as a professional artist, admired by critics and the public alike. Yet Modern Nature is the first exhibition to look closely at her work over these years.