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 special Friday Night 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: Modernist Movements

image of water
September 5, 2014 - 6:00pm8:30pm

Soundwave creates a modernist event with works that explore water, our most important natural resource, in conjunction with special exhibition Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection.

art making table
Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

Create a Modernist mixed-media art project inspired by Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

de Young exterior
Garden of Enchantment
6:00 pm

Sound artist and instrument builder Jay Kremier creates When It's Gone, a performance installation that explores human use of water and waste, using an invented instrument made of laboratory glass, which makes sounds of different tones and pitches as it fills and empties, evoking repetition and emptiness. 

Luciano Chessa
Hamon Education Tower—9th Floor
6:00 pm

Composer Luciano Chessa performs the world premiere of a site-specific work, which he calls "a sky-view aural experience into our changing landscapes that summons back our vanishing seas."

Performances are 30 minutes long and take place from 6–6:30 pm and 7:30–8 pm.
man in water
Wilsey Court
6:00 pm

Artist Moses Hacmon presents his breathtaking large-scale photographic art installation Faces of Waterwhich captures the movement and energy of water.

Photo of Adele Crawford's work
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

Adele Crawford's work investigates transience and impermanence. Drawing from an ever-expanding collection of commonplace materials, she explores elements of past and present. Selecting obsolete things, such as photographs from the 1800s, vintage books, or personal papers, she alters their appearance and creates for them a new intention. Process drives her work, which is slow, reflective, and repetitive as she dissects, alters, and reconfigures.

Conspiracy of Beards choir in action
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

6:30–7 pm & 8–8:30 pm

The unique 30-member all-male choir Conspiracy of Beards performs water-inspired songs of legendary poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen (b. 1934).

September 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Season Sponsor of Friday Nights at the de Young is Hanson Bridgett. Additional support is provided by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.