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.
Ryan, Sidney, and Rueda Con Ritmo offer two hour-long Cuban salsa and Rueda classes, starting at 5 and 6 pm. At both hours, four instructors will teach four different levels simultaneously. Beginners are welcome in any Level 1 class in Wilsey Court.
5–5:50 pm Rueda Con Ritmo Dance Class 1 (four levels taught simultaneously)
Wilsey Court - Intro/Beginning (Level 1) Cuban salsa and Rueda
Outside patio - Levels 2 and 3 Cuban salsa and Rueda
Piazzoni Murals Room - Level 4 Cuban salsa and Rueda
Visit James Turrell's Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time—at sunset! Open 5–8:45 pm, best view times are around sunset.
In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to review Three Gems, the “skyspace” sited 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.
Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.
Hosted by emcee Luis Medina
The internationally acclaimed dance group, Compañia All Stars of Santiago de Cuba come to San Francisco to teach dance classes to museum visitors in collaboration with local dance troupe Rueda Con Ritmo. The All Stars also perform their innovative choreography throughout the evening. Under the direction of Jorge Luna Roque, they have toured Europe, Mexico, and the United States, and are now coming to the West Coast for the first time, hosted by local dance group Rueda Con Ritmo and sponsored by Brava! for Women in the Arts.