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Friday Nights at the de Young: Contemporary Solos & Duets | Golden Gate Park

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*All activities and admission to the permanent galleries on Friday nights are free and open to the public, but if you want to visit the museum's Special Exhibits, regular admission charges still apply.

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).

Courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Come and welcome internationally renowned musicians from the legendary Mills Center for Contemporary Music (CCM), recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, for a rare evening of sound installations and especially performances in various locations throughout the building. Maggi Payne will provide electroacoustic ambient “atmospheres” throughout the evening to accompany the views from the Hamon Observation Tower, conspiring with the weather and changes in light.

 John Bischoff creates an environment in the Piazzoni Murals Room that plays in real-time with repetition and interval–short musical sequences from a few seconds in the past are reconstituted in the present moment and intersected by performer actions, resulting in sudden pitch deflections, volume shifts, and on/off gating effects across musical streams. Chris Brown and William Winant perform Brown’s The Thorn (“Be the thorn” –Patti Smith) on percussion and “gazamba” (electroacoustic prepared piano), improvising within pulsing microtonal modes and rhythms generated live by SuperCollider computer codes. James Fei and Fred Frith will combine analog synthesis and electric guitar in a responsive improvisation.


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Cost: FREE*
*All activities and admission to the permanent galleries on Friday nights are free and open to the public, but if you want to visit the museum's Special Exhibits, regular admission charges still apply.

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