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Orange Nights: Queen's Night | Friday Nights at the de Young


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Orange Nights at the de Young are presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Netherlands, San Francisco, in celebration of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt’s Century. Each night is themed to highlight Dutch culture and innovation. Be sure to join us from April 26 through May 31 in Wilsey Court and throughout the museum for these exciting events and programs.

Queen's Night—April 26, 2013

What does it mean to be Queen? Find out as we celebrate Queen’s Day, a Dutch national holiday in honor of the Queen’s birthday, the night before San Francisco’s own outdoor celebration near the Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park. The evening includes a Dutch DJ dance party and a lecture on the Dutch royal family by the chair of UC Berkeley’s Dutch Studies program.

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best orange attire, and children can don their prince and princess outfits in celebration of Queen Beatrix’s birthday.

InstagramTake the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #DutchOrange. 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. Permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions require paid admission.

Purchase tickets for Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt's Century via the button below.


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
6:00 pm

Personal Letters: Expressing Ourselves through a Mixed-Media Dialogue
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Fridays 6–8:45 pm

de Young Artist-in-Residence Susan Tonkin Riegel is a mixed-media artist who loves the language of symbols and archetypes. Her spontaneous and intuitive process records glimpses of her personal life and dreams.

6:00 pm

DJs Jesse Voorn and Sam O’Neall, part of the Amsterdance organization.

Amsterdance is an international club and festival touring concept supported by the international Amsterdance Radio show, featuring some of the best and most promising Dutch DJs and providing the true sound and feeling of Amsterdam, Dutch House, and EDM.

6:45 pm
Welcome remarks by Consul General Bart van Bolhuis

7:15 pm
Children’s prince and princess parade

6:00 pm

Meet the DJs and learn about the art of DJ-ing with a spinning demonstration.

6:00 pm
DJ Marc van Brabant, a Dutch DJ based in San Francisco
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.

7:00 pm

Jeroen Dewulf, Queen Beatrix Professor in Dutch Studies, University of California, Berkeley