November 17, 2020

December 2020 Design & Art Event Hotlist

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

Happy Holiday Season!

As we get ready to shop for our friends and family members, we’d like to remind you that YOU have been nice and deserve some treats too. One of the best gifts we can give our creative selves is time to enjoy and get inspired by great works of art, and we’re going to do just that this month by writing, listening, watching, and experiencing.

In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller have once again sorted through their many invitations and curated their list of “must-do” Design & Art events. Take a look, and take advantage of any or all that will nurture your soul.

Stay inspired!

CreativeMornings: Biophilia.

CreativeMornings/San Francisco is cooking up a special event for the creative community, but they can’t do it alone. They’re partnering with CreativeMornings/Oakland and looking to get a little weird for the last event of the year: Biophilia. Attendees are being asked to record snippets of natural sounds, which CM will then use to build a unique experience for their December 11th virtual event. You can participate by recording audio snippets from wherever you are and sending it to them at sanfrancisco@creativemornings.com by December 1st.
More details of the submission can be found here

Bonus: They’ll be giving away an #INVT21 ticket to a participant that submits a special sound recorded in the Bay Area!  


In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “The Monument,” the narrator describes a specific but unseen monument in detail, noting, temporal nature of its construction, while revealing its aspirational qualities in more human terms. This epic exhibition, taking inspiration from the poem, explores how works of art and metaphorical concepts of monuments are interconnected. Free. Now through December 12. Minnesota Street Project & Online, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco.


Step into a whimsical wonderland! In honor of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary, San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken is turning Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light. Free. December 10 through February 29, sundown. Golden Gate Park Peacock Meadow, John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco.

Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery.

Create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s online exhibitions. Writing prompts will be provided, or bring your own project-in-progress. (For a little advance inspiration, check out Her Story: A Century of Women Writers and Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.) Free. December 1 at 2:00 pm. (Check website for other dates.) Online.

No Time to Rest!: Kelly Gallagher films.

View a selection of four films by experimental animator, activist, and educator Kelly Gallagher. Within the No Time to Rest! exhibition (which runs through December 22), Gallagher’s work is presented as part of a program of films by women that discuss resistance, activism through a critique of power structures and historical narratives. Stream for free. December 2 through 8. SFMOMA. Online.

City Arts and Lectures Ashley Ford in Conversation with Jenna Worthham and Kimberly Drew.

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? Three incredible women discuss the cultural impact of Black creators, using Drew and Wortham’s new book (Black Futures) of images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, and poetry as a guide. $29. December 9 at 6:00 pm PST. Online.

SAVE THE DATE: 01.14.2021.

We’re counting down the days till INVT 2021. Join us and other creatives from around the world as we explore the theme of Re:Design. For conference updates, sign up for the INVT newsletter. Thursday, January 14, 2021. Online.