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Guest Lecture: "Art and Politics", by Matt Gonzalez

September 29, 2016 -

Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in 2008. For over a decade, Gonzalez has been exhibiting his own art work, currently with Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been reviewed in Art LTD / West Coast Art + Design, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, NY Arts Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.

Film Screening: Danny Lyon's “Los Niños Abandonados” (The Abandoned Children)

"Joselyn, Colombia", 1975 Gelatin silver print from film stills Image 14.3 x 11 cm (5 5/8 x 4 5/16 in.); sheet 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.) Collection of the artist. © 2016 Danny Lyon
November 25, 2016 -

An inspiring film with unforgettable imagery, Los Niños Abandonados (1975, 63 min., color, Spanish with English subtitles) was filmed by Danny Lyon in Sana Marta, Colombia. The film shows the daily rhythms of a gang of urchin boys who live on the city’s streets and congregate around the cathedral. Their wily survival skills and errant lifestyle are in evidence as they beg for scraps to eat, wheel and deal with storekeepers and street vendors, and play and swim together.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

April 1, 2017August 6, 2017

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to this key figure in American modernism. Featuring approximately 75 works—spanning from the artist’s breakthrough series in the 1920s focusing on tobacco packages and household objects to the painting left on his easel at his death, in 1964—the exhibition highlights Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the visual languages of European modernism, the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, and the rhythms of jazz into colorful, complex works.

Ticket Information 

Adults $22, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $13, youth 6–17 $7, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Tickets not yet available.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Stuart Davis, "The Mellow Pad", 1945–51

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–1951. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in. (66.7 x 107 cm). Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.6. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Summer of Love

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
April 15, 2017August 20, 2017

In the mid-1960s, artists, writers, and musicians moved into San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967, during the highly publicized “Summer of Love,” the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. Local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack; the San Francisco Sound found visual counterparts in the creative industries that sprang up around it.

Ticket Information 

Tickets not yet available.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966. Color offset lithograph poster, 19 15/16 x 14 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. Copyright 1966, 1984, 1994. Rhino Entertainment Company. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.familydog.com

Summer of Love

Film Screening: "The Asphalt Jungle"

The Asphalt Jungle movie poster
August 19, 2016 - 7:15pm

The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 104 min) is a naturalistic film noir classic (resembling numerous B-films) of the early 1950s directed by John Huston. The realistic, documentary-like, urban crime/heist film, advertised as "A John Huston Production," is one of the first films that completely detailed how to pull off an authentic-looking heist—considered morally improper under the Motion Picture Production Code.

Friday Nights at the de Young: A Night of Sensations

Friday Nights at the de Young
September 30, 2016 -

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.

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 refurbush Three 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.  

t.w.five installing at Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

September 7–October 2, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception: Friday September 30, 2016, 6–8:30pm. Please join us in celebrating the artist's installation with light refreshments.

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.

Club SOME THING's Tiara Sensation 2015 at the de Young museum
Wilsey Court
7:00 pm

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).

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.

Christopher Brown, "Start", 1996
Koret Auditorium
7:15 pm

Tonight's conversation will be moderated by Pam Paulson and Renee Bott.


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