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: Día de los Muertos

Amalia Mesa-Bains
October 24, 2014 - 6:00pm8:30pm

Join us for a Día de los Muertos celebration for the whole family, presented in partnership with the Mexican Museum.

Cascada de Flores performing
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Cascada de Flores presents music in celebration of life, death, and love, inspired by the troubadours of Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and beyond. With Arwen on voice, rhythm guitars, and dance, Jorge Liceaga on voice and lead guitars, Saúl Sierra-Alonso on bass and leoncita, and Kyla Danysh on violin and voice, Cascada de Flores contributes this important memorial with song, strings, zapateado, and heart.  

art making station
Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

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

Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

An artist interested in the intersections of culture and environmental issues, Viviana Paredes is fascinated with the iconic maguey (agave), its mythology, and its many uses. Found throughout the Americas, the maguey has provided the staples of life necessary for human existence for thousands of years. People throughout the Americas use its many medicinal properties, granting the plant mythical powers in myths and stories told through the ages.

Monica Maduro with sculpture
Wilsey Court
6:00 pm

The ofrenda (offering) for Monica Maduro, a Fine Arts Museums trustee and arts advocate who passed away in 2013, borrows from the Day of the Dead tradition and follows the theme of the ship La Contessa, a major Burning Man project for which Maduro served as a collaborator. In the ofrenda created by Amalia Mesa-Bains, the ship carries Maduro to the afterlife and embodies her glamour, artistry, and deep commitment to the community. It will be a collaborative offering open to friends and family as they celebrate the life of this remarkable woman.

Education trunks
Museum Lobby
6:00 pm

The Mexican Museum brings its education trunks, containing objects from the museum, for visitors to view and touch.

Photo of Day of the Dead paraphernalia
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

For some reason, the Powerful One allows our departed loved ones to come back for one day each year to visit. So we throw them a party. - Alejandrina Ríos

October 24, 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 and Wells Fargo. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.