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 Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm.
Visit James Turrell's Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time—at sunset! Open 5–8:45 pm, best viewing times are around sunset.
In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to review Three Gems, a site-specific “skyspace” located in a grass-covered hill in the Osher Sculpture Garden. The work was approaching its tenth anniversary at the de Young, having been installed during the opening of the new building in 2005.
July 6–31, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Reception: Friday July 29, 6–8:30 pm
Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940, 129 minutes) was one of Ed Ruscha's favorite classics. The film was director John Ford's most famous black and white epic drama - the classic adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1940 Pulitzer Prize-winning, widely-read 1939 novel. [The sentimental film is much more closely related to Ford's social protest dramas, The Informer (1935) and How Green Was My Valley (1941) than to his magisterial Westerns.] This film was the most popular left-leaning, socialistic-themed film of pre-World War II Hollywood.
With an emphasis on spontaneity, melodic story-telling, and deep grooves, this highly-adaptable collection of musicians under the leadership of trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston is steeped in jazz traditions but finds ways to organically weave their combined musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music that defies category.
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Dave MacNab - electric guitar
Doug Stuart - upright bass