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Friday Nights at the de Young: The Aerial View

San Francisco Demographics

Carlo Abruzzese, San Francisco Demographics, 2012. Acrylic and graphite on mylar

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Tonight we celebrate the art of mapping and aerial viewpoints through music, a special lecture, artist demonstrations, 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
6:00 pm

Friday, August 23, 6–8:45 pm | Artist Reception
Celebrate the artist's residency with light refreshments in the Kimball Education Gallery.

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.

6:00 pm

Mapping Cultural Landscapes: Reinterpreting Demographics in the Bay Area

Carlo Abruzzese's new work integrates the disparate worlds of fine art and quantitative information, creating images that encourage the viewer to reinterpret our world. He is currently working on a series of paintings that map demographic statistical data from the US Census into works of fine art.

6:30 pm

This year California Brazil Camp has arranged for Jazz Bliss Brazil to perform an enchanting mix of Brazilian music and classic American jazz at the de Young. The group features the stellar vocals and engaging presence of Carol Bach-y-Rita, singing in both Portuguese and English; the passionate and lyrical saxophone and flute of Robert Kyle; and the fantastic Larry Steen on bass.

7:00 pm

A Sense of Place: Diebenkorn and the Aerial View, Emma Acker, assistant curator of American art, FAMSF