The De Young Museum in Washington will be free this weekend

The de Young Museum is offering free admission in support of the exhibition “Kehinde Wiley: The Archaeology of Silence,” thanks to a grant from Google.

The de Young Museum with the water lily pond in the foreground.Foto: Checubus on Shutterstock

The de Young Museum in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will offer free admission for eight weekends in 2023, thanks to a $1 million grant from Google.

This generous gift is the largest grant in the institution’s history from a corporate foundation and is directly designated to support the U.S. premiere of Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence.

The de Young Museum will be free to all visitors on the following weekends:

  • March 18-19, 2023
  • April 15-16, 2023
  • May 20-21, 2023
  • 17-18 June 2023
  • July 8-9, 2023
  • July 29-30, 2023
  • 19-20 August 2023
  • 16-17 September 2023

Kehinde Wiley speaks in front of one of her paintings at the de Young MuseumPhoto: Grant MacHamer

This funding from with support from Google Arts & Culture will make the exhibition available to Bay Area communities through free admission and other programs. These include a free audio guide, public programs, mourning workshops, a youth education program, a film for the exhibition, and a special artist lecture. Grant is also supporting an ongoing lecture series presented in partnership with LiveFree, an SF organization working to end gun violence, mass incarceration and the criminalization of black and brown people.

Kehinde Wiley works at de Young©️ 2022 Kehinde Wiley

Courtesy of the artist and Templon, Paris-Brussels-New York. Photo: Ugo Carmeni, photographer of the 2007 exhibition in Prague.

About the exhibition

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence is a new collection of paintings and sculptures by the acclaimed American artist. The exhibition “confronts the silence surrounding systemic violence against black people through the visual language of the fallen figure,” de Young states.

These colossal paintings and sculptures are one of the largest the museum has ever installed. The result is breathtaking to say the least.

The free program includes a opening day lecture with the artist Kehinde Wiley on Saturday, March 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum. This event is free and is open on a first-come, first-served basis. The line will begin outside the de Young Museum entrance on the east side. The event is also available via livestream.

The de Young Museum is located in SF’s Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

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