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Friday Nights at the de Young: San Francisco & Amsterdam | Golden Gate Park

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries

de Young Museum | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

In the past, Friday Nights at the de Young has been a free after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces.

New for 2018, San Francisco’s original after-hours museum event has been re-envisioned and returns this year with a focus on fashion. The 2018 fall season of Friday Nights at the de Young highlights the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions, on view from September 22, 2018–January 6, 2019.

At this fall’s events, visitors will enjoy discounted admission, extended bar offerings, a special social media lounge, in-gallery art making, and vibes and voices from around the Muslim world. Visitors are invited to this collaborative platform for discussion around the important social, political, and feminist ideas raised by the exhibition.

In the past, the event had a new theme each time and typically included an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, and more. Plus, the observation tower was free to go up and was open until 8 pm (we expect the observation tower to still be free). Please note, we’re unsure if the activities will be free like in the past, or if admission will be required. It sounds like admission to the museum will no longer be free though, but a discounted admission will be offered (price TBA).

amsterdamAmsterdam and San Francisco have a lot in common beyond being named the world’s top two destinations by Lonely Planet. Celebrate diversity, multiculturalism, and creative expression while exploring the themes these cities share.

Orange Nights at the de Young | May 31, 2013

6-8:30 pm: Live Performance, Music, and Dance Party (Wilsey Court) – Hosted by Mica Sigourney

  • 6–6:20 pm: Lion dance by Kei Lun Martial Arts
  • 6:30–7:15 pm: Performance by SF Gay Men’s Chorus
  • 7:30–8:30 pm: Live Latin music by La Gente

6-8 pm: Art Making with Rickshaw Bagworks (Lobby) – Come visit San Francisco’s own Rickshaw Bagworks. View hand-sewn bags and make a bicycle pennant for your own special Dutch or San Francisco bike. These projects help visitors of all ages get up close and personal with the artistic process. Join the museum teaching artists to create an artwork of your own to take home. Game consoles invite visitors to engage with a specially curated selection of Dutch games, organized by Dutch Game Garden.

6-8:30 pm: Student Art and Dutch Bikes (Piazzoni Murals Room) – See a special exhibition of posters created by students from San Francisco’s California College of Arts during a workshop with Amsterdam-based graphic design team Cobbenhagen Hendriksen. Plus, see a display of Dutch bikes from My Dutch Bike.

7-8 pm: “Intimate Talks” | Amsterdam and San Francisco (Hamon Education Tower) – “Intimate Talks” and storytelling with San Francisco-based Dutch children’s book author Maria van Lieshout. 

7-8 pm: Micro-Presentations on Amsterdam and San Francisco (Koret Auditorium) – These two cities have much in common: liberal politics, cultural diversity, and urban innovation, to name just a few. To celebrate the themes that link these two hubs of creative expression, join the Consulate General of the Netherlands and the de Young Museum for five fast-paced micro-presentations inspired by the favorite cities of both residents and visitors. 

The moderator is Arne Bakker, UC Berkeley and presenters include:

  • City bike culture: John Calaway, SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Urban Sustainability: Gordon Feller, Meeting of the Minds
  • HIV research: Pleuni Pennings, Stanford University
  • Hippie movement and changing drug attitudes: David Presti, UC Berkeley

Event Details

Cost: FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries


Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Lectures & Workshops, Live Music, Movies, San Francisco, Theater & Performance
Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA
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