August 18, 2021

September 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

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

As students head back to school (virtually and, we hope, in person), we’re feeling the itch to learn and grow too. This month INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller understand the ongoing need for creative inspiration. To help themselves—and you in our fab community—each month they review all the invitations they receive to design & art events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and choose the ones they “must do.”

Here’s their curated “Hotlist” for September 2021.

Nam June Paik Exhibit.

A mesmerizing riot of sights and sounds, Nam June Paik brings together more than 200 works by the visionary experimental artist who bridged art, music, performance, and technology in groundbreaking ways, and whose influence is felt in today’s art, pop culture, music, and film. This exhibition is this artist’s first-ever West Coast retrospective. $25. Now through October 3. San  Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.

Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography.

Now is your chance to get a big overview of the amazing collection this space has to offer. Looking Back—the first of two exhibits celebrating Pier 24 Photography’s 10-year anniversary—features work by nearly 50 artists, including Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Dorothea Lange, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Free with appointment. Now through December 31. Pier 24 Photography, Pier 24, The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Mode Brut.

We’re excited to see two of our favorite organizations come together in one space. Featuring unique designs by over 50 Creativity Explored artists, Mode Brut, a large-scale exhibition at Museum of Craft and Design, challenges museum-goers to think past familiar modes of apparel by redefining what—and who—is fashionable. $10. September 4 through January 23, Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco.

After Hope: Videos of Resistance.

“Hope is…refuge, renewal, revolution.” After Hope explores the role of hope in contemporary art and activism, through a series of 54 short videos from over 60 artists from around the globe. (We encourage you also to check other outstanding exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum, including Liu Jianhua: Collected Letters, East West Bank Art Terrace, and the teamLab projects.) $15. September 11. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San  Francisco.

Mix and Match: Calligraphy and Lettering as Design Tools.

How can we shape letterforms to tell different stories? In this virtual, hands-on workshop, we’ll learn different methods to create custom letterforms—by writing, drawing, designing, and mixing calligraphy and lettering techniques—and explore their expressive potential. Open to all levels, from beginners to advanced students. $360. Four Wednesday sessions, September 8 through 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm PDT. Online at Letterform Archive.

Tools for Overcoming Creative Blocks to Create More Flow and Enjoyment.

Every creative has a big inner critic. In this workshop, psychotherapist and artist Dana Dart-McLean offers tools from somatic (body awareness based) and expressive arts therapies, as well as mindfulness, to support you as you explore your relationship with both your inner critic and inner inspiration. Through guided visualizations, somatic grounding, and painting exercises, we’ll deepen our understanding of what fuels our creativity. $25. September 19, 2:00 to 3:30 pm PDT. The Center SF, 548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.