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Orange Nights: Food and Flowers | Friday Nights at the de Young

Banquet Still Life
Abraham van Beyeren, Banquet Still Life, after 1655. Oil on canvas. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Acquired in 1977 with the support of the Rembrandt Society (inv. no. 1056)

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The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agricultural exporter, behind only the US. Tonight’s theme celebrates the Netherlands as a world leader in agricultural production and horticulture, highlighting Dutch expertise and innovation in urban agriculture, sustainable practices, greenhouse technology, and more.

Take the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #StillLife. 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. 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.

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making in celebration of our current Dutch-related exhibitions! 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

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.

6:30 pm

On Stage
Live jazz performance featuring Dutch musicians Paulien (vocals) and Gérard Brikkenaar van Dijk (piano), as well as David Hughes (bass) and Jamey Tate (drums)
Dutch design light installation from Artecnica

7:00 pm

Learn about urban agricultural practices in the Netherlands and the Bay Area with Jan Eelco Jansma of Wageningen University and Eli Zigas of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Center (SPUR).