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Spring Has Sprung! Opening Night of Season 9 | Friday Nights at the de Young

Mads Tolling Quartet

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This spring, join us for season 9 of Friday Nights at the de Young and celebrate the museum’s collections as well as the special exhibitions Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt’s Century.

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.

Tickets are required (advance purchase highly recommended) for the special exhibitions Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt's Century. Please click the button below for online reservations, which are only available at least 24 hours in advance. Please call the museum at 415.750.3600 for on-site purchase availability.


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

June 6–July 1
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 1:00–5:00 pm
Fridays 5:00–8:30 pm

Closing Reception on Friday, March 29 from 5:00–8:30 pm. Refreshments served while they last.

Join artists Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth as they spend a month in the Artist Studio to collaborate on a new tapestry. Visitors' input will be incorporated into the final design. 


From the artists:

CLASH Scavenger Hunts
6:00 pm

Tip-toe with CLASH SF through the tulips in the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden for a treasure hunt using traditional maps and new tools for navigation. Youngsters and adults alike will be delighted when they discover goodies celebrating spring scattered about the lawn. Don't forget to find the delectable Ghirardelli chocolates (while supplies last)!

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making in celebration of our current Dutch-related exhibits! This projects helps everyone of all ages get up close and personal to the artistic process. Join our museum artists in creating a project of your own to take home.

Drawing in Vermeer's studio
6:00 pm

Live classical drawing and portraiture, inspired by the exhibitions, for the public with Rick Rodrigues from City College of San Francisco. Take your turn at drawing a live model. Sketch pads and pencils will be offered.

Mads Tolling
6:45 pm

Friday Nights kicks off the season with a special guest performer from the star-studded cast of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon from 6:45–7 pm, followed by the distinctive sounds of the Mads Tolling Quartet, which integrates the violin into the traditional jazz combo, from 7–8:30 pm

Girl with a Pearl Earring
7:00 pm

This is the fictionalized account of how Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer’s most famous work might have come to be, told from the point of view of Griet (Scarlett Johansson), a teenage girl who leaves her family's care in the country to become a servant for the Vermeer household in the comparatively bustling, canal-laden burgh of Delft. She catches the eye of the taciturn, reclusive Vermeer (Colin Firth), and over a period of time, he begins to craft her portrait.