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Friday Nights at the de Young | 1,000 Leagues under the City

Photo by Helga Ingibjörg Sigvaldadóttir

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Tonight's event is presented in partnership with de Young Artist Fellows Urbanauts, and Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Plumb the depths of urban infrastructure with Urbanauts, Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore (Rebar), featuring whimsical music and projections by the Goat Family, an eclectic collection of films presented by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts Program, the wondrous and curious world of Atlas Obscura, and other surprises to come. Hosted by the inimitable Ben Burke and presented in partnership with Black Rock Arts Foundation.

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 Friday Nights prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.

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Public programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Access to special exhibitions and the permanent collection requires additional fees and tickets.


The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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Gregory Stock
Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making for everyone. 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.

Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

The Art of Painting Music: Allegro (ma non troppo)

Peggy Gyulai's work explores the connections between music and the expressive possibilities of paint on canvas. She approaches music as a subject, object, and inspiration, and, like Richard Diebenkorn, invokes the dynamic tension between abstraction and representation in order to create substance from the most ephemeral phenomena.

6:30 pm

The Goat Family began as a group of filmmaker friends who gathered weekly to play original and traditional music on homemade instruments. Over the years it has grown into an energetic rhythm machine that combines avant-garde film projections with rump-shaking sing-alongs. On August 2 see the Goat Family at the de Young, featuring Rock Ross, Dan Janos, Thad Povey, Chris Santeramo, and Cecil B. Feeder, and filmmaker Alfonso Alvarez projecting his 16mm and digital films.

The evening is hosted by Ben Burke.

Also in Wilsey Court, Atlas Obscura presents a look at the wondrous world of urban exploration in San Francisco. View a recent work by the Urbanauts, Sean Orlando and Rebar's Matthew Passmore, to learn more about their investigations over the past year.

7:15 pm

Structural Frames: Urban Explorations in Cinematic Works
Presented by the Exploratorium Cinema Arts
7:15–7:45 pm and 8–8:30 pm