January 14, 2020

In/Visible Talks + SF Art Week 2020

When we first looked at possible dates for our annual In/Visible Talks, we knew we wanted to be inclusive. We wanted to build community at our own event and support other people at their events. We wanted to share as many opportunities to get inspired as we could find and participate in ongoing conversations about design+art.

The third Thursday in January became our date when we realized it would coincide with FOG Design+Art and the multitude of other art fairs and happenings throughout the city. Over the last several years, we’ve noticed a groundswell of events during this season, and we think it’s high time we called this collective energy “San Francisco Art Week”. 

Check out the highlights and not-to-be missed events inthis selection of some of our favorites. 

We hope to see you there, and there, and there!

FOG Design+Art kicks off San Francisco Art Week.

Fantastic exhibitions take place at museums and galleries throughout the city. Visit FOG’s website to navigate this week and for information about future events. And be sure to check out the main event, FOG Design+ Art Fair, happening January 16 through January 18 at Fort Mason.

Exploratorium After Dark.

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science, plus guest speakers, music, films, and more. Every Thursday night, 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Untitled, Art, San Francisco.

An international, curated art fair featuring all disciplines of contemporary art. Check out the “Family Art-Making Workshop” with artist Ana Teresa Fernandez, presented by Creativity Explored on the 18th. January 17, 18, and 19. https://untitledartfairs.com/san-francisco/program/event/01-18-2020

Thomas Pringle: Ladies Man.

“What I see is what I draw,” says Thomas of his portraiture. We love his artistic integrity. View his works at Creativity Explored. January 9 through March 5.


Hands-on art activities and crafts, artist-led happy hours, films, tours, performances, and more at this new after-hours event at Museum of Craft and Design. Third Thursdays.

Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.

At Museum of Craft and Design, an exhibition exploring adaptable and sustainable housing in the age of climate change. Through May 3.

Minnesota Street Project.

Check their website for exhibitions and special events, including “Between a Frock and a Hard Place” at Gallery 204, “Sean McFarland: 4.5 billion years a lifetime” at Casemore Kirkeby, and “Dialogues 2020: Artist Mentors & Their Students” at The San Francisco Arts Education Project. Ongoing.

“Black is Beautiful” at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Over 40 photographs of Black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots. Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. Now through March 1. 

“Family First” at 1AM.

1AM is short for First Amendment and represents the freedom of speech through gallery exhibitions, education, and public murals. See what’s new in graffiti, street art, and hip hop from a global community. “Family First” runs January 10 through http:// https://1amsf.com/February 1.

“Lately” at Hashimoto Contemporary.

Group show of new works exploring contemporary representational painting. Through February 1.

Guerrero Gallery. 

Located in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood, Guerrero Gallery focuses on diversity and intersectionality in its programming. Discover young artists with great promise and older artists who deserve our attention. Ongoing.

“The Body Electric” at YBCA.

YBCA presents the West Coast debut of The Body Electric, an expansive array of more than 70 works revealing the ways that technology changes our collective understanding of the body, everyday life, and sense of self. Through February 23.

Soft Power at SFMOMA.

Twenty artists, 12 countries, 58 new works that explore our roles as citizens and social actors. Through February 17.

Trailblazers: California Artists at Bonhams.

Bonhams is pleased to present the first exhibition in their new gallery at 601 California Street.  This exhibition will feature works from pioneering Bay Area artists such as Ruth Asawa, Jay DeFeo, and Wayne Thiebaud.

And…In/Visible Talks 2020 Happy Hour at Museum of Craft and Design.

Join us in conversation about all things design+art as we celebrate our third annual conference. January 16. INVT attendees only 5:00 to 6:00 pm; open to the public 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

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