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Interactive Robots by Kal Spelletich

October 18, 2013 -

Kal Spelletich founded Seemen, his interactive machine art performance collective, in 1988. Since then, he has performed, exhibited, and lectured worldwide, collaborating with Survival Research Labs and a wide spectrum of countless others, from punk rock bands to scientists, politicians to NASA. He curates exhibits and is involved in politics. 

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Performance Installation by Bad Unkl Sista

October 18, 2013 -

6:30–6:50 pm | Osher Sculpture Garden
7:15–7:35 pm | Marcus Garden of Enchantment

Bad Unkl Sista is a performance installation ensemble that fuses butoh-inspired choreography, improvised music, couture costuming, and physical-theater elements to produce site-specific experiences that seek to move each witness to a state of extraordinary and memorable being.

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Live Music: Shovelman

October 18, 2013 -

Shovelman is a junkyard beatnik, a shovel guitar-wielding surrealist folk superhero. Armed with a collection of pawnshop effects pedals and an old barn shovel-turned-slide guitar, Shovelman plays old-fashioned folktronica-grooves looped straight out of the ground. The sounds of Mississippi Delta blues from the electro-psychedelic future collide with the antiquated rubble of lyrical one-man-band hoboetry.

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Soundscape: F'kir (Dream Shovel)

October 18, 2013 -

Soundscape by F'kir (Dream Shovel) with a live performance from 6 to 6:30 pm.

This soundscape will accompany you as you begin your sensory explorations around the de Young.

Dream Shovel, composer and musician, is a producer and DJ who blends bass culture, renegade psychedelic techno, and ambient soundscape, using music to move the audience in a journey through darkness, recognition, and heart.

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Lecture: "The Origins of Art in the Brain: Portraits of Artists with Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Aphasia," Bruce Miller, MD, director, Memory and Aging Center, UCSF

November 2, 2013 -

Dr. Miller holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He directs the busy UCSF dementia center where patients in the San Francisco Bay Area receive comprehensive clinical evaluations. His goal is the delivery of model care to all of the patients who enter the clinical and research programs at the MAC. Dr. Miller is a behavioral neurologist focused in dementia with special interests in brain and behavior relationships as well as the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease.

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Lecture: "'Scrape the Willow until It Sings': The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker", by Deborah Valoma

October 12, 2013 -

The Textile Arts Council is proud to present a lecture by artist, professor, and author Deborah Valoma, longtime acquaintance of master basket maker Julia Parker (Coast Miwok/Kashaya Pomo). Nine years ago Valoma began recording her conversations with Parker, and from these emerged the recently published book Scrape the Willow until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker (Heyday).

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Exhibition: "Artifice," by the Urbanauts, Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore

October 2, 2013 -

Gallery Hours
October 2–November 3
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday Nights 6–8:30 pm (artists on site Wednesdays-Fridays)
Closing Reception: October 18, 2013, 6–8:30 pm

The Urbanauts—Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore (Rebar)——are back at the deYoung Museum for the final phase of their Artist Fellows project: Artifice

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Doing and Viewing Art

November 23, 2013 -

Ages 4–12. Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

Note new times, both at the de Young

  • 10–11:30 am: General public 
  • 12:30–2 pm: Museum members only

 Saturday, November 23: A Feast for the Eye


  • Saturday, December 7: Wintry Wonders
  • Saturday, December 14: Holiday Art

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