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Orange Nights: Light | Friday Nights at the de Young

May 3, 2013 -

The Dutch value innovation, and nothing shines light on this better than light itself. Tonight’s theme explores the Dutch masters' innovations in representing light, as well as contemporary developments in lighting technology and design by Philips Lumileds and Artecnica.

InstagramTake the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #NorthernLight. A selection of images will be digitally displayed in Wilsey Court during Friday Nights at the de Young.

5:00 pm

A special Dutch-inspired prix-fixe menu is offered at the de Young Café beginning at 5:00 pm. Grab-and-go items are also available until the café closes at 8:15 pm.

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making in celebration of our current Dutch-related exhibitions! These projects help visitors of all ages get up close and personal with the artistic process. Join our museum teaching artists to create an artwork of your own to take home.

6:00 pm

de Young Artist Fellow Lenora Lee and collaborating artists and partners take up residence in the Artist Studio as they prepare and present works in progress throughout the month.

The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories are two new performances that incorporate dance, music, media design, text, and film to shed light on the experiences of women immigrants to the United States in the early twentieth century.

For more information on the artists, collaborators, or performances, visit the Artist Fellows page.

6:30 pm

Enjoy live jazz performed by Dutch pianist Sebastiaan van Bavel and local jazz musicians Gary Brown on bass and Jason Lewis on drums, plus a light show by Philips Lumileds and a Dutch-design lighting installation by Artecnica. Game consoles invite visitors to engage with a special selection of light-themed Dutch games, organized by Dutch Game Garden. Also, take a first look at the new Dutch Innovation website, to be launched during this evening’s program.

Postmodern American Poetry
6:30 pm

Leading West Coast poets will read their work in a publication event for Postmodern American Poetry:  A Norton Anthology, 2nd Edition, edited by Paul Hoover, poet and professor at San Francisco State University. Featuring: Michael McClure, Bill Berkson, Michael Palmer, Norma Cole, Aaron Shurin, Laura Moriarty, Elizabeth Robinson, Stephen Ratcliffe, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Andrew Joron, Will Alexander, Clark Coolidge, Rusty Morrison, Joseph Lease, and K. Silem Mohammed.

7:00 pm

Light and video show from Philips Lumileds and Artecnica.

7:30 pm

Special tour of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis with independent scholar Brad Rosenstein, focusing on the use of light in paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters.

Access Series on Disability and Art: Rembrandt's Beggars and the Representation of Disability and Poverty

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Beggar with a Wooden Leg," ca. 1630
May 25, 2013 -

Susan Schweik teaches disability studies at UC Berkeley, where she is associate dean of arts and humanities, and is the author of The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt's Century, this talk discusses Rembrandt van Rijn's depiction of beggars, placing it in the context of visual representations of poverty and disability both historical and contemporary.

Artful Discoveries

de Young Museum
May 15, 2013 -

A program for individuals with early-stage dementia and their family members and care partners, Artful Discoveries is interactive and a chance to join others in looking and talking about art – no previous experience required! Specially trained museum artists highlight themes, artists, and exhibitions in the museum's galleries.  

Art History Lectures: "California Indian Baskets at the de Young," by Bianca Finley Alper, and "Arts of the Plains and the Northwest Coast at the Fine Arts Museums," by Matthew H. Robb

Degikup basket, early 20th century, Attributed to Tootsie Dick Sam (1885-1929)
May 30, 2013 -

Bianca Finley Alper is the Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Matthew H. Robb is the Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Fifth Annual Artwear at the de Young

Fifth Annual Artwear at the de Young
May 4, 2013 -

Celebrating five years of Bay Area wearable art at the de Young, seventeen of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top textile and jewelry artisans and designers will be on hand to showcase their unique handmade pieces, including apparel, accessories, necklaces, earrings, and more. This highly anticipated annual pre–Mother’s Day shopping event will also coincide with the premiere of the de Young’s latest textile exhibition, From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection, opening on Saturday, May 4.


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