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Friday Nights at the de Young | Sights and Sounds of Mexico


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This week highlights Ilan Bar-Lavi and Sonex playing Son Jarocho, a jazz and pop fusion, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. It also features a special lecture on the photographer Rose Mandel.

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
Jewel Castro
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

Walking with Ancestors
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Fridays 6–8:45 pm

Hands-on art activities
6:00 pm

Passion for Color and Poetic Metaphors

In celebration of Richard Diebenkorn’s passion for light, color, and shapes, the Consulate General of Mexico presents activities for the public to participate in.  

First Activity

Studio. Master. Students.
Diebenkorn's passion for teaching is well known; through the years he touched the lives and careers of many budding artists. The Piazzoni Murals Room showcases the importance of the relationship between master and pupils with a pop-up show by local painters of Mexican descent.

6:30 pm

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and Union Square Live.

Come dance to the sounds of Son Jarocho, a jazz and pop fusion.

Rose Mandel, Jerrold Davis, 1955
7:00 pm

Drawing on images and documents from the Rose Mandel Archive, including Mandel’s unprecedented 1956 portraits of Richard Diebenkorn painting in his Berkeley studio, Susan Ehrens will share her insights and thoughts on the improbable journey and original work of this Polish-born Bay Area photographer.