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Orange Nights: Water | Friday Nights at the de Young

Sweet and Salt: Water and the Dutch

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The Dutch have an 800-year history in water management. Tonight we highlight innovations that have made the Netherlands a world leader in flood control and the development of strategies for living with water.

InstagramTake the de Young's Instagram challenge by posting a picture inspired by this week's Orange Nights theme #H2Orange. 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 and Rembrandt's Century.


Orange Nights at the de Young, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, 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.

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.

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.

Salomon van Ruysdael, "View of a Lake with Sailing Ships," ca. 1650–1651
6:00 pm

Special presentation inspired by the Dutch history of living with water.

Salt Flats at Le Croisic
6:30 pm

Water-themed dance performance with water-inspired lighting and projections. Game consoles invite visitors to engage with a special selection of water-themed Dutch games, organized by Dutch Game Garden.

7:00 pm

Tracy Metz, author of Sweet and Salt: Water and the Dutch, will discuss the complex and inescapable relationship between water and the Netherlands. Metz explores innovative solutions of Dutch design for living and working near water, and strategies for other countries struggling with similar hazards.

7:00 pm

These “Intimate Talks” profile Dutch water-management expertise and innovation, including a talk with Irene Rompa, cofounder of Dopper US.