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Orange Nights: Light | Friday Nights at the de Young


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The Dutch value innovation, and nothing shines light on this better than light itself. Tonight’s theme explores the Dutch masters' innovations in representing light, as well as contemporary developments in lighting technology and design by Philips Lumileds and Artecnica.

InstagramTake the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #NorthernLight. 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 prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8:00 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 the 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 twentieth century.

For more information on the artists, collaborators, or performances, visit the Artist Fellows page.

6:30 pm

Enjoy live jazz performed by Dutch pianist Sebastiaan van Bavel and local jazz musicians Gary Brown on bass and Jason Lewis on drums, plus a light show by Philips Lumileds and a Dutch-design lighting installation by Artecnica. Game consoles invite visitors to engage with a special selection of light-themed Dutch games, organized by Dutch Game Garden. Also, take a first look at the new Dutch Innovation website, to be launched during this evening’s program.

Postmodern American Poetry
6:30 pm

Leading West Coast poets will read their work in a publication event for Postmodern American Poetry:  A Norton Anthology, 2nd Edition, edited by Paul Hoover, poet and professor at San Francisco State University. Featuring: Michael McClure, Bill Berkson, Michael Palmer, Norma Cole, Aaron Shurin, Laura Moriarty, Elizabeth Robinson, Stephen Ratcliffe, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Andrew Joron, Will Alexander, Clark Coolidge, Rusty Morrison, Joseph Lease, and K. Silem Mohammed.

7:00 pm

Light and video show from Philips Lumileds and Artecnica.

7:30 pm

Special tour of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis with independent scholar Brad Rosenstein, focusing on the use of light in paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters.