April 24, 2019

May 2019 Design & Art Event Hotlist

If you’re looking for design and art events to inspire you this month, we’ve got just the thing. Actually, we’ve got many things!

You might do nothing, find home, or join in a panel discussion. Or you might visit artists in their workspaces, browse some art, or take in a show. Choose from the list of Bay Area events below—curated by In/Visible Talks’ co-founders (and long-time practicing designers) Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller—or do what we’re doing, and put them all on your calendar.

How to Do Nothing in Oakland with Jenny Odell and Liam O’Donoghue.

We loved having Jenny Odell at our very first In/Visible Talks conference, where she introduced us to her “doing nothing” practice and inspired us to give it a try. Now she has a book about it! Come celebrate How to Do Nothing (Melville House, 2019) as Jenny chats with local podcasting hero Liam O’Donoghue, host of East Bay Yesterday. Free. Copies of Jenny’s book will be available for purchase. May 2, 7:00–9:00 pm. E.M. Wolfman Books, 410 13th Street, Oakland.

This Must Be the Place.

Last year we had the privilege of interviewing Eric Rewitzer at One Tool, Infinite Results, one of our In/Visible Talks salons. We’re thrilled to see him again at this art show featuring work from Eric (a printer) and his wife, Annie Gavin (a painter), at one of our favorite venues. Discover the cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and surprises that helped them discover their artistic voices—separately and together at 3 Fish Studios—and find a sense of home. Free. Opening night reception is May 3, 5:00–11:00 pm. Contact the gallery for the dates of the full run of the show. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco.

Spring Open Studios.

Bring the family to San Francisco’s landmark Naval Shipyard for a fun weekend of browsing and buying. Over 120 artists will be part of this unique tradition—now in its 30th year—with diverse offerings. Enjoy great food from neighborhood providers, interact with creators in their workspaces, and purchase directly from the artists. Free. From 11:00 am on May 4 to 6:00 pm on May 5. Hunters Point Shipyard, 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco.

The Design Kids: Women in Design.

Karin Soukup (managing partner at Collins), Jade Broomfield (designer, illustrator, and hand-letterer at AllBirds), Indhira Rojas (creative director and founder of Anxy Magazine), and Hope Meng (graphic and type designer at Hope Meng Design) will discuss how they build their paths as women in the design industry. Ask questions, share your experiences, and get inspired as the panel covers topics including what’s working and what still needs to be done to improve equality, self-censorship, and work/life balance. Free. May 8, 6:30–8:00 pm.  Werqwise, 149 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco.

Bitchin’: An Art Show for Humans & Dogs.

Creativity Explored is one of our cultural partners, and we love attending their exhibitions and meeting their amazing artists in person. Bitchin’ will feature original drawings, paintings, and sculptures of “good dogs” by over two dozen artists. We also look forward to the playful dog’s eye–level exhibition of favorite canine things. Free. Opening May 9, 6:00 pm. Through July 11. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th Street, San Francisco.  

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring Issue.

Immerse yourself in an exciting night of true stories, documentary films, photography, and radio from some of our favorite writers, performers, and musicians. It’s all live onstage. $38 and up; ticket prices fluctuate, based on demand. May 11, 7:30 pm. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (May 10 at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco is sold out.)

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.