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July 28, 2021

August 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

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

As practicing designers, INVT co-founders Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller understand the ongoing need for creative inspiration. To help themselves—and you in our fab community—each month they review all the invitations they receive to design & art events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and choose the ones they “must do.”

Here’s their curated “Hotlist” for August 2021.

Design by Time.

Twenty-two artists and collaboratives from eight countries explore how the dynamic passage of time can be embodied within design objects. Guest-curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared, this exhibition embraces mechanical and natural processes, including the growth of plant materials, the pull of gravity, and the transformational potential of fire. Reserving tickets is encouraged, as entrances are timed. Free for MCD members, active-duty military personnel, veterans, and first responders. General adult tickets are $10. Through August 15. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco.

Diane Arbus curated by Carrie Mae Weems.

Diane Arbus was an American photographer who worked to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all people. Weems, a contemporary American artist, selected 45 powerful images that spoke directly to her, and we love these strong moments that remind us to look deeper. Free. Through August 13, by appointment or online. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Iliazd: Publishing as an Art Form.

Russian Modernist Ilia Zdanevich (Iliazd) created and published 21 artist’s books while working in Paris from 1921–1975, and included among his collaborators Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst, and Joan Miró. This is the first US museum exhibition devoted to the work of this under-recognized artist in more than 30 years. Timed tickets are free for members. General Admission tickets, $6–$15. Through October 10. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco.

Typography OF/AS Content.

Lucille Tenazas, a Filipino-American educator and National Design Award winner, will reflect on what makes a thoughtful and critical designer, and how a disciplined and constrained process can help a designer invent their own typographic approach. This lecture is co-presented by San Francisco Public Library, and the cost to attend is “give what you can.” August 3, noon–1:30 pm. Letterform Archive, 2339 Third Street, Floor 4R, San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Café Society, sketch/watercolor outdoors.

Grab your watercolors (we love the ones from Case for Making) or your favorite drawing tools, and join San Francisco’s Cafe Society outdoors at select San Francisco locations. Take in scenic views and entertaining environments, and capture that special ambiance our city offers. The limited-size classes will help guide your eye and inspire your creativity. $120. Fridays, August 6, 13, and 20. At various outdoor locations.

Black Women’s Blues Festival.

We love a great music session, and these powerful, pioneering Black women are ready to bring us some summertime blues. Showcasing legendary artists, established performers, and emerging talent, this intergenerational, interdisciplinary program features some of the world’s best vocalists, instrumentalists, and poets of the blues. $40. August 22, 2:00–6:00 pm. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley.