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 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.

Friday Nights at the de Young: Bridges

The Bay Bridge Stackpole photo
April 18, 2014 - 6:00pm8:45pm

Tonight, we celebrate the best of bridges and celebrate The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936 with the Marcus Shelby Ensemble, curator lecture and Bay Lights presentation.

Georgia O'Keeffe Petunias
7:00 pm

Enjoy the festivities of Friday Nights at the de Young along with a pre-reserved spot on a docent led tour of Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe & Lake George.

Package includes the tour, an exhibition ticket, and a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic selection). Tours begin promptly at 7 pm. Discounts may not apply.

Museum Lobby
6:00 pm

Create a mixed-media project inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Art-making is a weekly project encouraging everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

Bay lights logo
Piazzoni Murals Room
6:00 pm

The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never repeating, dazzling display through March 2015 across the western span of the Bay Bridge.

Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Live music: Bridges, by The Marcus Shelby Ensemble and special guests

men building bridge
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

An overview of the current exhibition The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936 by Jim Ganz, curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.