The de Young Museum celebrates 10 years with a free community day

Kevin Kelleher captures the true spirit of discovering and embracing the art in the City at the de Young. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Kevin Kelleher captures the true spirit of discovering and embracing the art in the City at the de Young.
(Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)

Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos by Kevin Kelleher

It’s kind of amazing to live in such a small, yet diverse city that’s just dripping in art. From the street art and installations subsidized by the city, to the random art formations you’ll find in alleys and our green spaces, art and inspiration is everywhere. And don’t even get me started on all of the museums in town — especially the ones that are walking distance from my place. One of the museums I’ve grown to love is the de Young Museum. Known for its beautiful, geometric look-out point that towers over Golden Gate Park, the de Young also promotes artists in residence and unique photo, art and mixed media exhibits.

The de Young celebrated its 10th anniversary of its building remodel in GGP with free admission for a full 12 hours. We spent the day — and night — checking out the exhibits, listening to live music, making our own art, and talking to artists in residence. Check out our photos of the people we’ve met along the way.

Yours Truly on my arts and crafts game because: You know how I do (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Yours Truly on my arts and crafts game because: You know how I do (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
The Yasuda family--Miki, Aiko, Mari, and Sasuke (clockwise from l) focus on their inner artists at one of many Art Education tables (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
The Yasuda family–Miki, Aiko, Mari, and Sasuke (clockwise from l) focus on their inner artists at one of many Art Education tables (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Mari Yasuda signs her work of the day--a vibrant, creative take on The Palace of Fine Arts (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Mari Yasuda signs her work of the day–a vibrant, creative take on The Palace of Fine Arts (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
My masterpiece and mantra, through and through (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
My masterpiece and mantra, through and through (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A funky monkey from the 1915 era lens sound musical talent to the day's events. Jessica Pozus of San Francisco has a cool job to say the least (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A funky monkey from the 1915 era lens sound musical talent to the day’s events. Jessica Pozus of San Francisco has a cool job to say the least (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Alina Peneyra of San Francisco slays in her extraordinary butterfly costume during the Community Day celebration (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Alina Peneyra of San Francisco slays in her extraordinary butterfly costume during the Community Day celebration (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Laura VanDuren of Oakland leads an Art Education workshop with a 1915 World Fair theme (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Laura VanDuren of Oakland leads an Art Education workshop with a 1915 World Fair theme (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
The Velocity Circus dancers don Can Can dresses commemorating the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's 1915 World Fair (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
The Velocity Circus dancers don Can Can dresses commemorating the 100th anniversary of San Francisco’s 1915 World Fair (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A man studies a piece in the main gallery of the museum (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A man studies a piece in the main gallery of the museum (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Alba Gines of Barcelona, Spain contemplates The Portals of the Past exhibit by William Worden (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Alba Gines of Barcelona, Spain contemplates The Portals of the Past exhibit by William Worden (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A woman gazes into "A Particular Kind of Heaven" by Ed Ruscha (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
A woman gazes into “A Particular Kind of Heaven” by Ed Ruscha (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Abhushik Kamurthi of Norfolk, Virginia experiences The Three Gems Skyspace (James Turrell) as friend Shravni Budur looks on.
Abhishek Kamurthi of Norfolk, Virginia experiences in wonder The Three Gems Skyspace for the first time as friend Shravni Budur looks on (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Mike Chan and Aditi Seth of Emeryville draw large crowds with their fun and festive Live Image Photobooth. Check their site at LivePhotobooth.com (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Mike Chan and Aditi Seth of Emeryville draw large crowds with their fun and festive Live Image Photobooth. Check their site at LivePhotobooth.com (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Lauren Bartone of San Rafael, and Artist-in-Residence alumni, presents her work "A City in Maps" inside the main lobby (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Lauren Bartone of San Rafael, and Artist-in-Residence alumni, presents her work “A City in Maps” inside the main lobby (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Carlo Abruzzese, Artist-in-Residence, works on his Beautiful Data project in the Kimball Education Gallery/artist studio (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Carlo Abruzzese, Artist-in-Residence, works on his Beautiful Data project in the Kimball Education Gallery/artist studio (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Prasant Radhakrishnan's VidyA performs their signature, unique sound in the Café Terrance under the cool, apropos dusk light (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Prasant Radhakrishnan’s VidyA performs their signature, unique sound in the Café Terrance under the cool, apropos dusk light (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Orquesta La Moderna Tradición closes out the night with a bang with fast feet and booty shaking in the Wilsey Court (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Orquesta La Moderna Tradición closes out the night with a bang with fast feet and booty shaking in the Wilsey Court (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)

 

Congrats to the de Young Museum and thank you for having us and the entire SF community! To many more decades to come.

For more information, visit http://deyoung.famsf.org.

Beauty every where you look and at every corner you take. Late afternoon, golden hour light casts an inviting glow on the Northwestern side of the de Young Museum. Community Day celebrates the 10th anniversary of the building (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)
Beauty every where you look and at every corner you take. Late afternoon, golden hour light casts an inviting glow on the Northwestern side of the de Young Museum. Community Day celebrates the 10th anniversary of the building (Kevin Kelleher/Special to Wander Magazine)

 

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