Friday Nights at the de Young | Faith and Abstract Improvisation

John Santos at the de Young Museum

This week features the theme of Faith and Abstract Improvisation in conjunction with Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 and Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Special performance by the John Santos Sextet.

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.

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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
6:30 pm

The John Santos Sextet

John Calloway—flute, piano, percussion
Melecio Magdaluyo—saxes
Saul Sierra—bass
Marco Diaz—piano, trumpet
David Flores—drums
John Santos—percussion

Faith and Abstract Improvisation is the theme of this evening's concert, presented in conjunction with Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 and Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

The John Santos Sextet's original compositions and arrangements will emphasize the art of musical improvisation and the tremendous leaps of rhythmic and harmonic faith that are required for this style of Afro-Caribbean jazz. Highly expressive and open-ended passages are woven into the music and can be intimately and personally interpreted by the listener. Many decades of experience playing music—and many years of experience playing music together—allow these artists to navigate freely in this way.

Japanese American veteran
7:00 pm

Films and lectures related to American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal, on view June 29–August 4, 2013.

All films and lectures take place in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young. Koret Auditorium doors will open to the public approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the film or lecture.