On Friday, March 28, the de Young will kick off Season 10 of its Friday Nights series, giving the local community a chance to enjoy art, live performances, and hands-on art activities during extended hours at the museum. This series, funded by Hanson Bridgett with additional support from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, marks the 10-year anniversary of the de Young’s lively and engaging Friday evening gatherings.
Each week, Friday Nights at the de Young presents a unique theme that often relates to a special exhibition or notable pieces in the permanent collections on view at the museum. Programming includes performances, curator talks, and interaction with local artists, as well as seasonal à la carte menus at the de Young Café and specialty cocktails. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the museum in an entirely different nightlife setting, whether choosing to attend a presentation, participate in projects hosted by de Young artists-in-residence, or join in a dance lesson in the middle of Wilsey Court. The museum’s observation tower also has extended hours for Friday Nights until 8 p.m., giving visitors a unique evening view of Golden Gate Park.
“Friday Nights at the de Young is a series of truly grassroots gatherings that have been bringing the community together for a decade now. It draws people of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the Bay Area in celebration of our dynamic local culture. With the diverse performances and activities, in addition to the convenient extended hours and free admission to programs, there’s something for everyone at Friday Nights,” says Renee Baldocchi, director of public programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The opening celebration of the Friday Nights 10th anniversary on Friday, March 28, will feature an exciting evening of “Modern Swing,” with live music from Silver Moon Big Band and swing dance lessons from Bay Area dance instructor Cynthia Glinka. The evening’s theme ties into special exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, on view at the de Young through May 11, 2014. Dr. Cody Hartley, director of curatorial affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will give a special lecture in Koret Auditorium at 7 p.m. Visitors can obtain free tickets for this presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside the auditorium.
The opening Friday Nights event will also include an interactive portraiture experience inspired by Alfred Stieglitz, famed American photographer and husband of Georgia O’Keeffe. Visitors are additionally invited to attend the closing reception for the de Young Artist Fellows’ show, Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Kimball Education Gallery.
Season 10 continues each Friday night through November 28, 2013, with a diverse array of new programs. From May 12 through June 9, 2014, the legendary hats from long-running musical, Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon will be featured at the de Young and Friday Nights. Click here for more information.
The de Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.
Admission to Friday Night programming is free.
Admission tickets are required to view the galleries and special exhibitions.
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