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Friday Nights at the de Young presents an Immersive Art Experience with a performance by Alva Noto

Carsten Nicolai
September 23, 2016 -

Performance by Alva Noto

After being the home to Gerhard Richter’s immense work, Strontium (2004), for the past eleven years, Wilsey Court currently hosts the video installation, fades (2006), by Berlin-based artist Carsten Nicolai.

t.w.five installing at Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015
Kimball Education Gallery
1:00 pm

September 7–October 2, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception: Friday, September 30, 2016, 6–8:30 pm

James Turrell, "Three Gems", ca. 2005
Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden
5:00 pm

Visit James Turrell's Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time—at sunset! Open 5–8:45 pm.

In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to refurbushThree Gems (2005), a site-specific “skyspace” located in a grass-covered hill in the Osher Sculpture Garden. The work was approaching its tenth anniversary at the de Young, having been installed during the opening of the new building in 2005.  

A museum visitor makes art on a Friday Night at the de Young
Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

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

Ed Ruscha, Coyote, 1989
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

Printing Ed Ruscha is the 2016 Anderson Lecture on American Graphic Arts, which this year takes the form of a panel discussion with four master printers who have worked with Ed Ruscha: Renée Bott, Paulson Bott Press, formerly of Crown Point Press, where she worked with Ruscha; Ed Hamilton, Hamilton Press; Shaye Remba, Mixografia; and Jacob Samuel, Edition Jacob Samuel. Each participant will provide a brief overview of their press and their personal history working with Ed Ruscha, followed by a conversation.

Ed Ruscha, A Particular Kind of Heaven, 1983
Herbst Exhibition Galleries
7:00 pm

Enjoy the festivities of Friday Nights at the de Young with a pre-reserved spot on a docent-led tour of the special exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. 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. Space is limited.

Package Contents: Exhibition ticket, docent guide, tour reservation, choice of any wine, beer, or soft drink at the bar or café.

ArtPoint Lecture and Reception: Photography and Journalism Today

Danny Lyon, "Crossing the Ohio River, Louisville," 1966
November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

ArtPoint presents a discussion between Darcy Padilla, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, and Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and after-hours viewing of the exhibition Danny Lyon: Message to the Future. Described as “quietly brilliant” by Art News and “unexpectedly moving” by The New York Times, this exhibition was curated by Cox and developed in collaboration with the artist.

All That Glitters: Ed Ruscha’s Hollywood an ArtPoint Cocktail Party

 Ed Ruscha, Pepto-Caviar Hollywood, 1970
September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

Hollywood, its films, and celebrity culture, have become an integral part of the modern mythology of the American west. The de Young’s current exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, examines the artist’s visions of Hollywood as it chronicles his fascination with the evolving landscape and character of the region.

de Youngsters 2017 Art Party

de Youngsters Party
January 6, 2017 -

Early admission 5:30 pm ǀ General admission 6 pm

Begin the New Year with an evening of creativity and conviviality at the fourth annual de Youngsters Art Party, on Friday, January 6. All proceeds from this family friendly fundraiser support services (such as providing scholarships to Summer Art Camp and art supplies for free Saturday workshops), wayfinding, and free programs for children and their caregivers at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Come put the art in party at this dynamic event!

Pokémon Go Scavenger Hunt

Pokémon Go at the de Young
August 13, 2016 -

Pokémon Go at the de Young

Pokémon trainers of all ages are encouraged to join us on the grounds of the de Young to explore our eight Poke stops and gym.

Stop by the Family Welcome Station in Wilsey Court for directions and to enjoy a complementary art activity in the galleries. Children who complete the activity will receive a prize.

The Pokémon Go Scavenger Hunt is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is in no way associated with Niantic, Inc. ©, Pokémon. ©, Nintendo © Creatures Inc. ©, or GAME FREAK inc ©.

6th Annual Tiara Sensation Pagaent

Club SOME THING's Tiara Sensation 2015 at the de Young museum
September 30, 2016 -

Contestants show their artistic talents to woo the audience and persuade the judges to crown one of them the next Tiara Sensation of San Francisco.

SOME THING is a weekly party that explores, opens, and redefines drag performance through lipsynch, dance, live singing, vaudevillian antics, and the creation of new personas (regardless of race, gender, or color).

Live Projected Touchscreen Painting

Jeremy Sutton and Peggy Gyulai doing live painting during Friday Nights at the de Young
October 7, 2016 -

From Monument Valley to Silicon Valley

Using innovative digital paint technology generously provided by Touchjet, artists Jeremy Sutton and Peggy Gyulai will paint on a projected touchscreen surface that spans the breadth of Wilsey Court. Their live painting will build up a scene inspired by the exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Museum visitors will experience painting with the Touchjet POND projector and the Corel Painter Mobile app.


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