Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights 2014
June 5, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
June 12, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
June 19, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
June 26, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
July 3, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
July 10, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
July 17, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
July 24, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
July 31, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
August 7, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
August 14, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
August 21, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
August 28, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
September 4, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
September 11, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
September 18, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
September 25, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
October 2, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
October 9, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
October 16, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
October 23, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
October 30, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
November 6, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
November 13, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
November 20, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm
November 27, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm

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.

June 5, 2015 - 5:00pm

Friday Nights at the de Young: Opening of Season 11

Red Thistle Dancers
April 17, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm

We open Season 11 of Friday Nights at the de Young with a celebration of the special exhibition Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland and the annual Bouquets to Art exhibition.

Mixed-media art-making. Photo by Asta Karalis
Buchanan Court
5:00 pm

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.

Jeff Cambell, bagpiper
Diller Court
5:45 pm

Bagpipe performances greet Friday Nights visitors from 5:45–6:45 pm in Diller Court.

Jeff Campbell has 30+ years of piping experience. He performs a medley of up-beat tunes in traditional highland attire. Campbell has performed with six-time Grammy winning group, The Chieftains. He studied under World Champion Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsay, B.E.M. and has played with the San Francisco Irish, Alameda Sheriffs, Dunvegan, Seattle Clansmen, and Diablo Highlanders pipe bands.

Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm
April 1May 3, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
plus Friday Nights April 17, April 24, and May 1 unti 8:45 pm
Red Thistle Dancers
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Friday Nights at the de Young presents the Red Thistle Dancers, a traditional Scottish dance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Red Thistle performs a variety of Scottish dances, including Scottish country dancing.

Performance Schedule

6:30–6:50 pm


7:30–7:50 pm

Audience participation starting at 8 pm

Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child ('The Wemyss Madonna')
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

Esther Bell, Curator-in-Charge of European Painting at FAMSF presents a lecture on the special exhibition Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

April 17, 2015 - 5:00pm

Get Smart with Art: California History

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To discuss California history is to explore the multiple layers of cultural heritage that comprise the fascinating story of our state. Focusing on the mid–to–late nineteenth century, the ten objects presented in this guide address the growth of Euro–American settlements in the California region, technological advancements such as the Transcontinental Railroad, and the great wealth produced by western mining operations.


Oscar de la Renta

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
February 27, 2016May 30, 2016

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family.

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Image courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, 2014

Image courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, 2014

Discovering Connections Teacher Institute 2015 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum, and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Discovering Connections Institute
July 28, 2015 - 9:00amJuly 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

This four-day program will allow teachers to explore the collections of four major San Francisco museums through observation, inquiry, and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with art and learn how the museum setting empowers critical thinking and creativity. This institute is designed for high school teachers and includes gallery experiences, discussions with museum staff, and an education packet. Application deadline is May 4, 2015.

July 28, 2015 - 9:00am
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