March 27, 2019

April 2019 Design & Art Event Hotlist

There are so many amazing things to see and do this month. To help you choose which conferences and art fairs and exhibits you absolutely “must” check out, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders (and long-time practicing designers) Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller offer their curated list of top April events below.

We’ll be out and about getting inspired too, so when you see us, please stop to say “Hi!”

Survey of Korean Calligraphy, Typography, and Print.

What can you learn from typography in another language? Join the Letterform Archive as they dive into the rich history of lettering, typography, and print in Korea from antiquity to the present. They will be examining the influence of Chinese calligraphy, Buddhism and the rise of woodblock printing in early Korean print culture, followed by the invention of movable metal type and hangul (the Korean alphabet) during the Joseon dynasty. Free with RSVP. April 2, 6:00–7:30 pm. San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco.


2019 AIGA National Conference.

We’re venturing outside our Bay Area neighborhoods because we don’t want to miss this exceptional conference. This year Roman Mars, creator and host of the popular design podcast 99% Invisible, returns to facilitate insightful conversations with the speakers and offer his trademark thought-provoking commentary. Spend your mornings attending your choice of symposia and your afternoons listening to artists and designers on the main stage. Check out AIGA’s signature design competition, Command X, and network at the design fair. $425–$1,500. April 4–6. Pasadena Convention Center and Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California.


Frontiers 2019.

Frontiers is a two-day global event about the future of teamwork. Along with other business decision-makers, IT/tech leaders, developers, and innovators, you’ll explore the shifts changing the modern landscape of work and the attributes that determine organizational success. Gain insights that can help you elevate your team’s collaborations. Oh, and tennis champion and entrepreneur Serena Williams will be sharing her thoughts on how to pursue excellence. So awesome. $449–$999. April 23–25. Pier 27 & Pier 29, The Embarcadero, San Francisco.


Call+Response with Allan deSouza: How Art Can Be Thought.

Presented by California College of the Arts, this event features Allan deSouza in conversation with James Voorhies, author of How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change. In his book, Voorhies examines the popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught. He shows how pedagogical language and practices within art schools can adapt to a politicized and rapidly changing world, as well as to the demands of contemporary art within a global industry. Engage with the local creative community and expect a stimulating discussion. Free with RSVP. April 25, 6:00–7:30 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco.


Art Market SF.

Art, art, and more art. We love it when the art fairs come to town, and this is one of our favorites. More than 70 modern and contemporary galleries from around the globe—including returning exhibitors and exciting newcomers—will present their best offerings all under one roof. In 2018, over 28,000 art lovers oohed, ahhed, and shopped. Visit their website for updated information and ticket sales. April 26–28. Fort Mason Center—Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.


stARTup Art Fair SF 2019.

We think of the stARTup Art Fair as a cultural force. Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to partner with them on events including our “Unexpected Inspiration” salon at Creativity Explored and the “One Tool, Infinite Results” salon and workshop we did with Paul Mullowney. When their main event comes to town, we are there. Over 60 independent artists, selected by a jury of art world experts, are featured in an intimate boutique hotel setting. Professionals and the art-loving public gather to engage in conversations, experience installations, and get inspired by performances. One-Day Pass: $15. April 26–28. Hotel Del Sol, 3100 Webster Street, San Francisco.


Looking for more ideas? Check out the In/Visible Talks blog for reviews of design and arts events we’ve attended recently and to learn about upcoming opportunities.