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Friday Nights at the de Young | The Figure

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Tonight we celebrate the figure 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
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.

6:00 pm

Rick Rodrigues and the Modernist Painter’s Studio: Horizon with Figure

Bay Area painter Rick Rodrigues will once again delight visitors as he sets up an artist studio inspired by Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 in the Piazzoni Murals Room. Using his models, Rodrigues will create a stunning figurative painting while visitors are invited to sketch alongside him.

Adam Theis
6:30 pm

Tonight's ensemble is led by award-winning composer Adam Theis, whose work is rooted in the jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and classical genres. Join us for a very special evening as Theis launches his new project, "Adam Theis and the Western Territory Project."

Adam Theis on trombone, sousaphone, electric bass, and electronics; Alisa Rose on violin; Matthew Szemela on violin; Lewis Patzner on cello and trombone; Aaron Kierbel on drums and percussion; and special guests.