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Cultural Encounters: Friday Night Soirées at the de Young: Birth of Impressionism with Litz Plummer and Velocity Circus

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Miss Litz Plummer
6:45-7:15 p.m. and 7:45-8:15 p.m. San Francisco’s very own Opera Lady surprises and delights
Velocity Circus
6:25-6:45 p.m. and 7:20-7:40 p.m. Velocity Circus performs art spectacles of the French Impressionist era.
Film screening:“Landmarks of Western Art: Impressionism & Post Impressionism”
7:00 p.m. Featuring the work of Van Gogh and Degas (2006, 50 min)
Hands-on art making for everyone with Mademoiselle Kim
6:30–8:30 p.m. How many dots on your own Seurat?
July Artist-in-Residence Jeanine Briggs, Transfigurations
1:00-8:30 p.m. Help Jeanine construct Detritussaurus, a full-scale dinosaur of recycled material

Opera performance by Litz Plummer
6:45-7:15 p.m. and 7:45-8:15 p.m.
Wilsey Court

Miss Litz Plummer, San Francisco's very own Opera Lady, surprises and delights listeners with her angelic soprano voice. Join her on a musical journey that will introduce you to some of the haunting and beautiful melodies of French composers contemporary to the breathtaking art, which will surround you. Plummer has performed in such varied venues as the Legion of Honor, the de Young and Asian Art Museums, Martuni's, The Punchline, Broadway Studios, Copia, and the Eagle Tavern.

Velocity Circus
6:25–6:45 p.m. and 7:20–7:40 p.m.
Wilsey Court

Velocity Circus will bring to light the popular performing art spectacles of the French impressionist era...with a twist. A Pas de Deux performed on point to contemporary music, female Can-Can acrobats welcome a male to their posse, a time traveling Ring Master du Cirque, and the sinuous contortions of circus artists both inspire and are inspired by the brush strokes of impressionism.

Film screening: “Landmarks of Western Art: Impressionism & Post Impressionism”
7:00 p.m.
Koret Auditorium

Never was a world so completely turned upside down as with the arrival of the Impressionist School. Cezanne, Seurat and Manet all produced inspirational and, at the time, even controversial works which completely revolutionized thinking in the world of art. These brave new visions were the inspiration for all that was to follow. This episode also features the work of Van Gogh and Degas, and explores such masterpieces as The Sunflowers, La Grande Jette and The Dancing Class.

Hands-on art making for everyone
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Wilsey Court

Get dotty with Mademoiselle Kim and create a work inspired by artist Georges Seurat.

July Artist-in-Residence Jeanine Briggs, Transfigurations
1:00-8:30 p.m.
Artist Studio/Kimball Education Gallery
June 30 to August 1, Closing Reception Friday July 30

Be prepared to see different things and see things differently, as you encounter the figurative art that Jeanine Briggs creates from reused and repurposed materials: life-size human figures, oversized chess individuals, small fertility and guardian figures, and various exotic life forms that inhabit our living planet—in reality or imagination. Just as Jeanine draws inspiration from nature and from cultural interpretations of the human experience, she welcomes your questions and comments, which in turn influence the direction of her work.  Jeanine invites all visitors to engage in the creation of an early 21st-century Detritussaurus. Participants will bring this large-scale, colorful, and tactile work of public art into being from a surprising array of discarded items common to our everyday lives.

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