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December 16, 2020

January 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

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

It’s almost time for fresh starts and new beginnings—we can hardly wait to ring in 2021!

If you’re new to our monthly “Hotlist” post, we’d like to introduce you to its creative roots. Each month, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller look through their many invitations to Design & Art events around the San Francisco Bay Area and create a curated list of what they “must-do”. We share it with you in hopes that you’ll join us.

We’re feeling hopeful and inspired and motivated as we wrap up 2020 (good riddance!), and we’re looking forward to some great events we know will feed our minds and creative souls—including insider tours in a couple of Bay Area museums, explorations into Black culinary arts, and our own annual conference, INVT21 (January 14 – Get your tickets now!).

Here’s what we’ll be doing to kick off the new year.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Go deeper into a journey of food, culture, and origin to appreciate the complexity of modern Black culinary arts with Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef, restaurateur (he’s famous for Red Rooster in Harlem), and author of the new book The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food. While Black meals are often labeled simply “soul food,” Samuelsson reminds us that soul food flavors have influences that can be traced back to the African continent, the Caribbean, and all over the US. The Rise has been called a “stunning work of breadth and beauty” and “celebration of a culinary movement”. $39.95 for the book + registration to the live-stream event; registration to the event only is free. January 6, from noon to 1:00 pm. Online.

Revelations: Art from the African American South.

Marsha Holm, a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979, guides us through Revelations, a celebration of African American artists from the Southern US. We’ll learn how, despite being marginalized by the mainstream art community, these artists have created compelling works that highlight the persistent issues of gender, class, and race. Register to experience it live via Zoom, or watch on YouTube. Free. January 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Online.

In/Visible Talks 2021.

Join us and other creatives from around the world as we explore the theme of Re:Design at our annual—and first-ever all-virtual—conference for designers and artists. The lineup includes candid speakers with fresh perspectives on topics such as “#AuthenticAF” (with Fri Forjindam) and “Diversity in Design” (with Renee Reid), creative bursts throughout the day, plus evening sessions and workshops. $150 (if you purchase your ticket before January 7). January 14, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, and 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Online.

After Dark Online: COVID Catch-Up.

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in the US. At this online event, hosted by the Exploratorium, we’ll hear from leading researchers and educators about what we’ve learned—and continue to learn—about COVID. We’ll dig into the current conversations around the roll-out and expectations for vaccines, discuss what health measures we can expect to continue, and dig into what data and research shows us about the virus. For adults (18+) only. Free. January 14. 7:00 pm. Online via YouTube or Facebook.

What is Contemporary Art? with Art21: Identity and Power.

How can art define, challenge, and question who we are? Contemporary artists, such as Jenny Holzer, Zanele Muholi, and Doris Salcedo, question and investigate intersections of identity and power. Co-presented by SFMOMA and Art21, this workshop is part of a series exploring three different aspects of the question, What is contemporary art? Free. January 23, 10:00 am PST. Online.