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.
Visit James Turrell's Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time, around sunset. Open 5–8:45 pm.
In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to review Three Gems, 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.
Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.
Live music by Schmieds Puls from Austria featuring Mira Lu Kovacs, guitar and vocals; Christian Grobauer, drums, and Walter Singer, contrabass.
Willie (1985, 82 min., color and b&w), a film by Danny Lyon and Nancy Weiss Lyon, was shot in Bernalillo, New Mexico, home of the filmmakers and their subject, Willie Jaramillo. Defiantly individualistic and implacable in the face of authority, Willie is repeatedly thrown into jail for relatively minor offenses.