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Orange Nights: Amsterdam and San Francisco | Friday Nights at the de Young

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Amsterdam and San Francisco have a lot in common beyond being named the world's top two destinations by Lonely Planet. Tonight we celebrate diversity, multiculturalism, and creative expression while exploring the themes these cities share.


Take the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #SFOAMS. A selection of images will be digitally displayed in Wilsey Court during Friday Nights at the de Young.

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.

Paid admission is required to view the permanent collections and the special exhibitions Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt's Century.


Orange Nights at the de Young

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, Orange Nights celebrate Dutch culture and innovation in conjunction with Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt’s Century.

Education programs for Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis are supported in part by a grant from The Netherland-America Foundation. The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of The Hearst Foundations and The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. The Artist Fellows program is part of Cultural Encounters and is also supported by major grants from The James Irvine Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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Gregory Stock
5:00 pm

A special Dutch-inspired 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.

6:00 pm

De Young Artist Fellow Lenora Lee and collaborating artists and partners take up residence in the Artist Studio as they prepare and present works in progress throughout the month.

The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories are two new performances that incorporate dance, music, media design, text, and film to shed light on the experiences of women immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century.

6:00 pm

6:00–6:20 p.m. Lion dance by Kei Lun Martial Arts
6:30–7:15 p.m. Performance by SF Gay Men’s Chorus
7:30–8:30 p.m. Live Latin music by La Gente

Hosted by Mica Sigourney

6:00 pm

A special exhibition of posters created by students from San Francisco’s California College of Arts during a workshop with Amsterdam-based graphic design team Cobbenhagen Hendriksen. Plus a display of Dutch bikes from My Dutch Bike.

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Come visit with our friends from San Francisco's own Rickshaw Bagworks. View hand-sewn bags and make a bicycle pennant for your own special Dutch or San Francisco bike! 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.

Also in the Museum Lobby:

7:00 pm

These two cities have much in common: liberal politics, cultural diversity, and urban innovation, to name just a few. To celebrate the themes that link these two hubs of creative expression, join the Consulate General of the Netherlands and the de Young Museum for five fast-paced micro-presentations inspired by the favorite cities of both residents and visitors.
Moderator: Arne Bakker, UC Berkeley

- City bike culture: John Calaway, SF Bicycle Coalition

7:00 pm

“Intimate Talks” and storytelling with San Francisco-based Dutch children’s book author Maria van Lieshout.