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Friday Nights at the de Young | Abstraction

Crushing Spiral Ensemble

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Tonight we celebrate abstraction through music and art-making!

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
Hands-on art activities
6:00 pm

San Francisco Center for the Book presents abstract prints
 with Lisa Rappoport, Donna Seager, and Adam Ewing.

Print a letterpress keepsake on one of SFCB's vintage tabletop platen presses.

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

Expressionist Abstractions: Bay Area Modernism Then and Now in Art and Music