October 31, 2018

November 2018 Design & Art Event Hotlist

We’re always looking for new ways to get inspired, and this month the Bay Area delivers with a number of fantastic design and art events. For help with choosing which ones make it into our calendars, we rely on In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and long-time practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller and their curated list of “Must-Dos”.

Over the next few weeks, you might find creative inspiration in a discussion about architecture and design exhibitions, in open studios and galleries, or at one of the gift fairs. As a bonus, most of the events on this hotlist are free, so you can spend your money on holiday gifts for loved ones—and for yourself.

ArtSpan Open Studios.

Over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists open their studios during this month-long event, now celebrating its 43rd anniversary. Choose a weekend, find a neighborhood, get inspired by a huge range of creativity, and fill your walls with great local art. Free. Every weekend through November 11, 11 am–6 pm. Various locations in San Francisco.

Taking Positions: Making Architecture and Design Exhibitions.

The Curatorial Research Bureau is a bookshop, a learning site, and a public program. For this event, they are inviting Bay Area cultural producers in the fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more to participate in a dialogue that will explore the changing role of architecture and design exhibitions. Free. Thursday, November 1, 6 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco.

38Makers 2018—Holiday Fair at Pinterest.

Kick off the holiday season with an early gift fair specially curated by Pinterest. You’ll find artisan and locally made gifts—including jewelry, coffees, wines, home & garden items, body products, men & women’s apparel, pet gear, and holiday cards & decorations—in a unique and festive setting. Free. Saturday, November 3, 11 am–4 pm. Pinterest, 651 Brannan Street, San Francisco.


Featuring gallery installations, screenings, and performances, “Intersections” explores the surprising, inspiring, and challenging crossings of art, science, technology, and play. Tickets are $20 per person. November 3, 6–10 pm. San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Fort Mason—Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

Style ’18.

This curated show and sale features the latest in independent contemporary fashion, jewelry, and accessory design. Meet the makers—36 national and international artists. November 3 (10 am–5 pm) and 4 (10 am–4 pm). Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street, San Francisco.

Barry McGee, Down for Whatever.

Artist Barry McGee is one of the core members of the Mission School, arguably the most important artistic movement to come out of San Francisco in the 21st century. Known for a street art, geometric, hand-lettered, character-based aesthetic, his work has been exhibited all over the world. Free. Wednesday, November 7, 7 pm. California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco.


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