September 25, 2020

October 2020 Design & Art Event Hotlist

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

Fall, for us, feels like a season of new beginnings. We open our minds and hearts to new ways of learning, thinking, creating, doing, and collaborating. It’s within this framework that we present our picks for events we feel will reignite our creative flames.

For those of you not already familiar with our Design & Art Event Hotlist, each month, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller review invitations to dozens of design and art events and curate a list of those they “must do”. In keeping with the times, their standards of criteria this year have included programs that are accessible online, events that support the worldwide movement for equality, and systems that encourage sustainable practices.

We hope you’ll join us at some or all of these.

Stay inspired!

Design by Distance at MCD.

Designers around the world are responding to the COVID pandemic by developing new objects, garments, accessories, and space planning. Explore their creations through this virtual exhibition, curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design. Free. Available for online viewing through December 31.

Restorative Design Conference.

Join like-minded people at the intersection of design and the social sector. At this virtual gathering, we’ll explore how the design process can be just, empowering, and healing through panel discussions on “Trauma-Informed Design”, “Social Justice and the Built Environment”, and “Decentering Whiteness in Design.” $10 donation. Online. October 2, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm PDT.

Between the Lines.

Examine how artists—including Icy & Sot, Kelly Ording, and Mary Iverson—create narratives. Some will explore levels of abstraction and minimalism, while others employ specific, precise mediums. Pieces range from representational to completely abstract. Be sure to check out the site-specific installation by Tahiti Pehrson. Free opening exhibition on October 17, noon to 6:00 pm PDT. (Exhibition, by appointment only, runs through November 28.) Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, San Francisco.

Adobe MAX—The Creativity Conference.

Ignite your inspiration at this immersive and engaging digital experience with three full days of luminary speakers, celebrity appearances, musical performances, global collaborative art projects, and 350+ sessions. Ava DuVernay, Annie Leibovitz, Common, and Wendy MacNaughton are among the featured headliners. Free. October 20 to 22. Online.

A Practice of Radical Making.

As an object and image maker, Folayemi Wilson positions the Black imagination as an essential element in Black survival and self-determination through an afrofuturist framework. In this conversation, hosted by The Design Division at California College of the Arts, discover how she uses design to seat black and brown communities at tables of power to influence urban and social design. Free. October 22, 6:00 to 7:00 pm. (CCA’s Fall 2020 Design Lecture Series runs through November 12.) Online.

SAVE THE DATE: 01.14.2021.

Momentum is building for INVT 2021! Join us and other creatives from around the world in exploring the theme of Re:Design. To get all conference updates, sign up for the INVT newsletter. Thursday, January 14, 2021. Online. Get your tickets now!