Friday Nights at the de Young: Sustainable Americana

Georgia O'Keeffe Petunias
May 2, 2014 - 6:00pm8:45pm

This evening, we dig into Georgia O'Keeffe's garden and her passion for the land at Lake George. Come learn about food utopias, edible flowers, food sculpture and live music with the Real String Vocal Quartet.

fancy necklace
Piazzoni Murals Room
9:30 am

Celebrate six years of handcrafted wearable art at the de Young. Meet 16 Bay Area artisans and shop one-of-a-kind collections at the premier shopping event of the spring. Wares on view will include apparel, accessories, necklaces, earrings, and more. The event is held in the Piazzoni Murals Room at the de Young and admission is free. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. 

art making at the de young
Museum Lobby
6:00 pm

Create a mixed-media project inspired by the art work of Georgia O'Keeffe. Every week, Friday Night at the de Young offers art making to encourage everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

String quartet
Wilsey Court
6:00 pm

The Real Vocal String Quartet plays original songs and unique arrangements that pay tribute to music from Appalachia to Kenya or Brazil, with sparkling improvisation. String quartet, string band, vocal quartet, jaw-dropping improvising world-music collective… pick a box and the Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside it, with style.

food sculpture
Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden
6:00 pm

Ever wonder how to sculpt a piece of food? Shawn Feeney and the Invisible Underground can show you! Check him out as he sculpts seasonal fruit all evening long.

CUESA graphic
Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden
6:00 pm

Flowers as Food, presented by CUESA

  • Edible flower tasting
  • Seasonal farmers' market treat: strawberries dipped in crème fraiche and rose-petal sugar
  • Flower-matching and other food games
  • Flower seasonality chart handout
Paul Stock
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

From pollinating bees to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, how we produce and consume food says much about our relationship with the air, water, plants, and animals that surround us and nourish us. Family farmers play a vital role in the system. We all have different and deeply personal answers about what constitutes good food that are shaped by traditions, experiences, nutrition, and community. So what's in your food utopia?

Live Music: La Gente

April 11, 2014 - 6:30pm8:30pm

La Gente is a Bay Area-based international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique multilingual blend of reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, rock, and world music. They perform a high-energy dance party and have cultivated a large, loyal, and diverse following.

Guest Lecture: "How a Library Became an Artists' Workshop," by Megan and Rick Prelinger

Prelinger Library
May 24, 2014 - 3:00pm

Interesting and unpredictable things happen when cultural repositories become workshops. Megan and Rick Prelinger will speak about developing an appropriation-friendly library rich in visual materials that supports the work of artists as well as activists, scholars, and the curious of all kinds.

Guest Lecture: "The Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA), 1970–1984," by Tom Marioni

May 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

In 1970, Tom Marioni founded the Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA), which he described at the time as “a large-scale social work of art.” Until the museum closed in 1984, he organized many groundbreaking shows, including Sound Sculpture As in 1970. MOCA has entered history as one of the first alternative art spaces. Marioni had one-person shows in several significant venues for early conceptual art, among them the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh in 1972 and Gallery Foksal in Warsaw in 1975. In 1977 he had a solo show, The Sound of Flight, at the de Young. 

Guest Lecture: "Reading Other People's Mail," by Ted Purves

May 10, 2014 - 3:00pm

Ted Purves will speak on Steven Leiber's archive. The art dealer and collector opened the Steven Leiber Gallery (later Steven Leiber Basement) in 1987 before turning his focus to artists' ephemera: brochures, posters, exhibition announcements, flyers, and so on. His archive became an important resource for scholars, curators, artists, and students.

Weisel Family Gift Transforms the Museums’ Holdings of Native North American Art

The Thomas W. Weisel Family Collection is an extraordinary grouping of native North American art that spans a thousand years of artistic production. At its core are Southwestern ceramics from the 11th to the 20th centuries and masterworks of Navajo weaving from the 19th century. In 2013, the Weisel Family gave the museums 185 objects from these holdings; an additional 21 textiles are on loan to the Museums and are pledged to enter the permanent collection in 2016. Combined, the 206 objects will transform the Native American art collection of the de Young, giving it a new depth and scope.
Fri, 03/21/2014
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