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Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights at the de Young Season 11
April 17–November 27, 2015

Friday Nights at the de Young programs 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: 40 Years of Persistence in the San Francisco Arts Community

Friday Night
October 9, 2015 -

Join ArtSpan at this special Friday Nights at the de Young with live art performances, video art, and an intriguing panel discussion that features several generations of San Francisco artists who persist in this changing city. From the disco days to the technology craze, we will celebrate 40 years of SF Open Studios and the artists who live and work in San Francisco.

Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

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

This week's theme focuses on San Francisco artists and art practice.  Join us at the art table and make your own sketchbook and learn about how artists work!

ArtSpan 40th Anniversary
Piazzoni Murals Room
6:00 pm

ArtSpan Artists to represent each weekend of SF Open Studios

SFOS Weekend 1:

  • Wendy Robushi (Paper Assemblage, Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood)

SFOS Weekend 2: 

SFOS Weekend 3:

ArtSpan 40th Anniversary
Piazzoni Murals Room
6:00 pm

ArtSpan information table and SF Open Studio Guide Giveaway!

Abruzzese, Mapping: Alameda County Demographics
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

October 7, 2015 – November 1, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, October 30, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

San Francisco–based artist Carlo Abruzzese transforms data from the US Census—demographic information that ranges from race, ethnicity, and religious affiliation to wealth, poverty, and unemployment—into compelling and meticulous paintings.

ArtSpan 40th Anniversary
Koret Auditorium
6:00 pm

Video art presentations will play in Koret Auditorium between 6–7 pm.

Featured artists include:

  • Brett Walker, selected shorts from "No Guage Filmmaking"
  • Andrew Paynter, Andrew Sumner, and Brett Walker, "Insifficiently Breathless"
  • Romy Randev, "Bardo"
  • John Fischer, "Postcard 28" and "Ideas at Ocean Beach"
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Kugelplex is California’s rockin’-est purveyor of klezmer and old-world party music. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music at events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and beyond. Kugelplex has performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Frank London (founder of the Klezmatics) and many other artists.


Jason Ditzian (clarinet)

Dan Cantrell (accordion)

Lila Sklar (violin)

Eric Perney (bass)

Michael Pinkham (Percussion)

Max Baloian (guitar, enthusiasm)

SF Open Studio Art
Koret Auditorium
7:15 pm

Panel Discussion:"Persisting as an Artist in San Francisco" features several generations of SF Open Studios Artists and is moderated by Joen Madonna, Executive Director of ArtSpan.

Panelists include:  

October 9, 2015 - 5:00pm

Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation. During Friday Nights, funding from The Hearst Foundations makes possible free general admission to the permanent collection galleries. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.

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