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Friday Nights at the de Young | Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

Richard Diebenkorn, Seawall, 1957. Oil on canvas. FAMSF, gift of Phyllis G. Diebenkorn © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. All rights reserved.

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Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 opening night for members. Friday Night programs are available to the public. Not a FAMSF member? Join today!

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 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. The special exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 is open to museum members only.

Paid admission is required to view the permanent collections.


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
de Young Café
5:00 pm

A special prix-fixe menu is offered at the de Young Café beginning at 5:00 pm. Grab-and-go items are also available until café closes at 8:15 pm.

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making in celebration of the new special exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966. 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.

6:00 pm

Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times.

dancers on Friday Night
6:30 pm

Celebrate hometown hero Richard Diebenkorn with a group of musicians inspired by Studio 13 Jass Band, the Dixieland jazz ensemble that included Diebenkorn contemporaries and Bay Area Figurative painters Elmer Bischoff and David Park. This classic early jazz/Dixieland combo features Ed Ivey on tuba, Carl Lunceford on banjo, Mike Rinata on trombone, Tom Griesser on clarinet, and others performing music that Studio 13 Jass Band performed, Turk Murphy pieces, and standards in the Jelly Roll Morton tradition.

Richard Diebenkorn Figure on Porch, 1959
7:15 pm

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, will share her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her father. Her lecture will be introduced by Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator in Charge of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and co-curator of the exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966.