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Forever de Young: A Judy Chicago Performance

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purple pyrotechnic performance

Judy Chicago in collaboration with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. Purple Poem for Miami, 2019. Fireworks performance. Miami, FL. Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in conjunction with the exhibition, "Judy Chicago: A Reckoning", Miami, FL. © Judy Chicago/ARS, New York. Photo by Apolo Gomez. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Front Entrance of Museum

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Judy Chicago’s multicolored, site-specific Atmospheres performance: Forever de Young. This open-air, pyrotechnic performance is in celebration of the artist’s exhibition Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, now on view at the de Young museum.

The performance will take place in front of the main entrance to the de Young museum, at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. It is subject to agreeable weather conditions. The most up-to-date information regarding the event will be posted the day of on our social media channels (@deyoungmuseum) and this webpage. 

Please note that Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 to 8 pm and John F. Kennedy Drive remains closed to vehicular traffic. Visit our Getting to the de Young webpage for directions, parking, and public transportation information.

For audiences unable to watch in person, a livestream will be offered on our Youtube channel.


4:50 pm \ Pre-Show
Judy Chicago: Making Change - a short documentary
Atmospheres - a short film featuring Judy's early atmospheric performances

5:15 pm \ Welcome Remarks 
Thomas Campbell, CEO and Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Jordan Schnitzer, President, Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

5:45 pm \ Forever de Young performance begins *

* subject to agreeable weather conditions

About Forever de Young

Forever de Young harks back to the artist’s innovative Atmospheres, a series of performances staged in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Distinguished by their controlled choreography and distinct reformulation of land art, these live sculptures nonetheless escaped the annals of art history for decades.

In the early 2000s, a new generation of scholars surfaced and celebrated these works as feminist responses to the Light and Space movement. These unobtrusive and ephemeral environments—which opposed the permanent interventions into and transformation of landscape by her male peers—were finally understood as a form of sustainable earth art that freed color from the rigid structures of painting and sculpture and allowed it to gush into the air as clouds of pigment.

COVID-19 Protocol

We ask that all attendees wear a mask and adhere to COVID-19 protocols as prescribed by the City and County of San Francisco. This event is subject to change or cancellation in accordance with city, county, and state health guidelines. 

Ticket Information

This performance is free and open to the public. Please note that the de Young museum will close early at 4 pm on October 16 in preparation for the performance.


Judy Chicago is a passionate advocate for the environment and animal rights, as explored in her retrospective. The materials employed in the performance are used in film, photography, and theatre productions, and contain non-toxic color pigments that will be released into the air temporarily and will then disappear. We are working closely with the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Fire Department, and San Francisco Recreation and Parks, following safety measures and best practices for the protection of our park and all attendees.


Forever de Young is sponsored by Jordan D. Schnitzer in memory of his late mother Arlene Schnitzer (1929–2020), Board of Trustees and Acquisitions Committee 2006–2015. 

Contact Information

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