March 26, 2021

April 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

After thoughtfully considering all the amazing invitations that came their way—including from places far from their home in the San Francisco Bay Area—INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller have curated their list of those Design & Art events they just can’t miss this month. Lectures, panel discussions, an exhibition walk-through, and opportunities to support people and issues we care about made the cut.

Get ready to feed your brain and inspire your muse. We’ll see you online!

A Feminist’s Guide to Botany: Online Botanical Painting Session.

Step inside the magical world of botany and explore the history of the heroic women artists, explorers, and scientists who helped forge the way we see the world around us. Hosted by the London Drawing Group, this special session includes a short lecture followed by instruction in some basic watercolor techniques and exercises. Pay what you can. April 1, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm PDT. Online.

Conversations on Design & Race: Getting Back to Our Roots.

Designers Kelly Walters, Jason Alejandro, Anne H. Berry, and David Jon Walker come together for a panel discussion on how the influence of family, cultural origins, and ancestral heritage takes form in design practice. Their conversation is inspired by Kelly’s book, Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race, a collection of 12 deeply personal interviews with graphic design educators from across the US and Canada. $3. April 7, 3:30 to 5:00 pm PDT. Online.

CCA Visual & Critical Studies Forum, “Archive, Mixtape, Method: A Decolonial Remix”.

Disturbing the silence of archives, this lecture with Dr. Tao Leigh Goffe offers an interdisciplinary approach to challenging the fixity of colonial knowledge. Through artistic production and attention to the sensorium, “Archive, Mixtape, Method” centers Black technologies and sonic techniques of remixing developed in the Caribbean as a way to rethink the meaning of media. Hosted by California College of the Arts. Free. April 14, 4:00 to 5:30 pm PDT. Online.

Curator Walk-Through: Design by Time.

Join Design by Time guest curators—c2-curatorsquared’s Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox—in conversation with Museum of Craft and Design Curator Ariel Zaccheo for a virtual tour of the exhibition. This walk-through will explore the dynamic passage of time embodied within design objects created by 22 artists and collaboratives from 8 countries. Free for MCD members, $10 for non-members, $8 for students/seniors. April 23, 1:00 to 2:00 pm PDT. Online.

Art Changes Lives.

Creativity Explored celebrates and nurtures everyone’s artistic journey, and we remain devoted partners in support of their work. Their annual gala—this year hosted virtually—features a Happy Half-Hour, a program featuring CE’s talented artists, and a chance to pick up some fab artwork at the silent auction. General admission tickets start at $50; upgrade to get an exclusive VIP party kit. April 23, 5:30 to 7:00 pm PDT. Online.

The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival.

This is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. Hosted by Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, the event features panels with acclaimed authors and workshops for writers. $10 to $250. April 24, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm PDT. Online.

Women Talk Design Speaker Stories: Erin Pinkley. 

Learn about the journeys and experiences of incredible women and nonbinary speakers through this new series of interviews, designed to inspire attendees to share their own ideas and experiences—and get out in the world and speak! Erin Pinkley, a designer and creative director, runs the Brand Team at Zendesk. She has spoken at Ueno SF Chatty Hour, Designer Fund, and Zendesk’s B2B is Beautiful. Free. April 29, 8:00 to 9:00 am PDT. Online.