July 25, 2018

August 2018 Design & Art Event Hotlist

Whether you’re a designer, photographer, fine artist, or all-around arts enthusiast, opportunities for creative inspiration are in abundance in the Bay Area. To help you figure out which events are the Must-Sees, each month In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and long-time practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller peruse the announcements of every cool thing to do and curate their list of top picks.

August’s offerings include exhibitions where you can celebrate amazing art, a beachy experience where you can co-create, and an annual culinary festival that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing.

We’re all about bringing the creative community together, and we hope to see you out and about at some—or all—of these events.

Judy Dater: Only Human.

This exhibition celebrates Bay Area photographer Judy Dater’s achievements as a pioneering figure in 1970’s feminist art and her subsequent creative evolution. Spanning five decades, this is the first exhibition in over 20 years to explore her career. Through September 16. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden, San Francisco.

The Flag on Paper: Selections from the American Flag Collection of Kit Hinrichs.

Explore the everyday uses of our stars and stripes in political memorabilia, fine art, sheet music, propaganda posters, philatelica, and packaging. Items were selected from the more than 3,000 artifacts San Francisco–based designer Kit Hinrichs has in his collection. Through September 20. San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco.

Wednesday Research Visit at Letterform Archive.

A research visit is a great way to get a feel for what the Letterform Archive has to offer. Tell them about your interests in advance, and the librarians will pull a variety of relevant materials—just for you. Whether it’s a work project, school assignment, or personal endeavor, inspiration awaits. August 1 from 3:00–5:00 pm. 1001 Mariposa Street #307, San Francisco.

American Craft Show.

Before there were craft fairs like West Coast Craft of Renegade, there was the American Craft Council. Celebrating everything handmade, this show features 250 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists. August 3–5. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

Earthscape Artwork Experience.

Co-create a site-specific piece of land art at the beach with famed earthscape artist Andres Amador. Part meditation, part collaboration, all co-creation. Explore your creativity, engage with the beach in new ways, and connect with fellow creators. Bonus: They take aerial photos of the work when it’s done—so cool. Sign up for the August 12th event here, 4:00–7:00 pm. Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Eat Drink SF.

Although not design-related on the surface, this annual celebration of the San Francisco culinary scene is a design lover’s paradise. Food, wine, and spirits packaging inspiration abounds. And the grand tastings are no ordinary sample fest: the plating of each bite is absolutely extraordinary. August 24–26. Fort Mason, San Francisco.

Members of the In/Visible Talks team are always on the lookout for new ways to get inspired. Check out our blog to read our reviews of some of the other events and conferences we’ve attended recently.