In case you’re starting to feel there’s nothing new under the sun (pumpkin spice anyone?), here are some fabulous San Francisco Bay Area design and art events that will reinspire your muse to innovate and create. From exhibitions featuring light and fire to an evening with legendary designer Susan Kare, check out the top picks list for this month, curated by In/Visible Talks’ co-founders (and long-time practicing designers) Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller.
Notes on Icon and Design with Susan Kare.
Susan Kare is the designer “who gave the Macintosh a smile”. She created the user-friendly icons, typefaces, and other pixel elements that gave the Macintosh its characteristic—and widely emulated—look and feel. Like…wow. Come hear her stories and learn about her thought processes and methods for solving design problems at Apple and Pinterest, where she has been a Creative Director since 2015. Free. November 5. 6:00 to 7:30 pm. San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco.
DZINE Gallery Presents: Bone Black.
Top Bay Area artists will exhibit works of art in various media that explore the intersection between logic, geometry and instinct, and the direct engagement of the ineffable. San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company will perform excerpts from their current season throughout the evening, and the exhibition’s local maker, Artist Liza Riddle, will present a new series of ceramic sculptures colored with soluble metal salts. Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Free. November 8. 6:00 to 9:00 pm. DZINE Gallery, 128 Utah Street, San Francisco.
Burning Man Block Party.
This super-sized, immersize, multisensory, Friday night extravaganza launches a weekend of Bay Area–wide programming from Burning Man artists throughout Oakland and beyond. Come for the art cars, dancers, DJs, marching bands, and, of course, fire, and marvel at the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely celebrated cultural events in the world. $21. November 8. 5:00 to 10:00 pm. The special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man runs through February 16, 2020. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland.
Info about the Block Party: https://museumca.org/2019/friday-nights-omca-nov8
Info about the exhibit: https://museumca.org/exhibit/no-spectators-art-burning-man
Holiday Art Shop 2019.
Check off all the good kids on your holiday gift list with unique and affordable art—then get something fabulous for yourself. There will also be a selection of items on sale to inspire your own making, from apparel to wrapping paper and notecards to art supply kits. We love everything about Creativity Explored, and we’re happy to support their mission of giving artists with developmental disabilities the means to create and share their work with the community. Join us at this fun and festive event, where 50% of the proceeds go directly to the artists. Public reception on November 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Runs through December 31. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th Street, San Francisco.
For six weeks only, experience dazzling lights, rainforest soundscapes, and art by HYBYCOZO at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Inside, with the one-of-a-kind plant collection, and outside, before the structure’s iconic façade, this season’s event promises a spectacular display with even more lights and installations than previous years. Also new, for guests 21 and older, food and beverages in Bloom Lounge, an illuminated, inflatable dome. Free to $29. November 22, 2019, through January 5, 2020. Timed entrances. San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JF Kennedy Drive, San Francisco.
Want more? Check out the In/Visible Talks blog for reviews of design and arts events we’ve attended recently and to learn about upcoming opportunities.