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Beat the Heat with Cool Art Events

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Has the recent heatwave got you feeling beaten down?  Cool off by checking out these art happenings and by checking out SF Design Week at the end of June.  As Pride approaches, there are also a ton of related art events where you sh0uld discover your next favorite LGBTQ artist!  Keep it chill, San Francisco!

A SOLO EXHIBITION FOR MUZAE
Pt.2 Gallery, in downtown Oakland, is opening a new solo exhibition for local artist Muzae Sesay.  There will be a new series of paintings from Sesay, inspired by an Oakland narrative told in the present from future memories of the past.

OPENING RECEPTION: SKELETONS BY MUZAE SESAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 12 – 10PM, ARTIST TALK AT 4PM

PT.2 GALLERY
INFO

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Phono del Sol: PorchesChastity BeltSol Development and more!

Phono is back this year, and it’s FREE, with lots of SF musicians rocking it all day.  This fun, hella Bay Area, outdoor music fest helps raise funds for The Bay Bridged, so this is a great way to support Bay Area independent music & music journalism, while checking out what’s new on the local music scene.   There’s also a pre-party and after party at the new bar Junior (held by DoTheBay).

Potrero del Sol Park
June 15, 2019
12pm, FREE
INFO

YERBA BUENA ART WALK
Over 10 cultural organizations (including 111 Minna Gallery, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)) in the Yerba Buena area will come together for an amazing (and mostly free day).  You can hop from place to place during the art walk, or participate in one of the community events like a pre-event reception or the after party & prize raffle drawing.

YERBA BUENA ART WALK
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1 – 7:30PM 

YERBA BUENA GARDENS 
INFO

 

PREPARE FOR ECOPOCA (AN ECOPOCALYPSE)
ECOPOCA (Ecopocalypse) is an art exhibition-event creating an intersection of two alternate realities- an advanced eco-future vs a nuclear apocalypse.  A multi-ethnic collective of Asian Pacific Islander affiliated artists, will look to their ancestors, and the diverse ways that they lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years, as an accessible and scalable technology to create hope for our future for inspiration in this show.

ECOPOCA: REVIVING OUR ANCESTRAL ECO-WISDOM TO FORGE OUR COLLECTIVE ECO-FUTURE
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 5 – 9:30PM
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS
INFO

 

MORE THAN 700 YEARS: SFAI FACULTY EXHIBITION
More Than 700 Years, the title of the SFAI 2019 Faculty Exhibition, springs from the summation of time invested by each participating faculty member; an amalgam of years of activity both in the studio and in the classroom.

MORE THAN 700 YEARS: SFAI FACULTY EXHIBITION
ON VIEW FROM JUNE 7 – SEP 1
SFAI FORT MASON CAMPUS
Info

 

JOIN SF OPEN STUDIOS
Have you ever wanted to join the SF Open Studios?  Learn more about this program through an easy and informative workshop hosted by ArtSpan.  The program is a great way to meet other artists, mentors, and art fans in the city.

ARTSPAN ARTIST WORKSHOP
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 6:30 – 8PM
SOMAARTS CULTURAL CENTER
INFO & TICKETS

 

IDENTITY AND PRIDE: YOUTH ART SHOW
YBCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF), and San Francisco Pride come together to present Identity and Pride: Youth Art Show.  Representing love and sexuality as facets of identity, the exhibition also includes a showcase of youth artwork repurposing the iconic rainbow pride flag in celebration of the 49th Annual SF LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration.

OPENING RECEPTION: IDENTITY AND PRIDE 
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 11AM – 6PM 
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
INFO

 

SF DESIGN WEEK: THE FUTURE STARTED HERE
SF Design Week, the largest design festival on the West Coast, is finally here!  Thousands of designers will come together to celebrate design, innovation, community, and actions that we can take together to make the world a better place.  Throughout the week, many of the top design studios will open up their doors to the public, so be sure to check it out!

SF DESIGN WEEK
JUNE 20 – 28
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
INFO

 

CURATOR SWAP
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Historical Society, and the Museum of the African Diaspora will come together for a special event where each of institution’s curators will examine work of the other museums.  For this edition of the event, educators and curators will examine works in connection with Pride.

CALL & RESPONSE: CURATOR SWAP
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 6 – 7:30PM 

MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA 
INFO & TICKETS

 

RARE DIGITAL ART FEAST 
Stop by Code & Canvas for a Rare Digital Art Feast, where you can have dinner while checking out a food- and drink-centric digital art exhibition.  Learn more about collecting unique pieces of digital art from fellow art enthusiasts.

RARE DIGITAL ART FEAST
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 6 – 9:30PM
CODE & CANVAS
INFO & TICKETS

LEARN HAND-LETTERING 
CHOW FOR NOW! is a workshop where you can learn to hand-letter with a brush, marker, or pen.  In this workshop, you will focus on layout and drawing to produce a unique hand-lettered design.

CHOW FOR NOW
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 10AM – 2PM 
ROOT DIVISION
INFO & TICKETS

 

DIY ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP
Join VauxFlores for a workshop with DIY electronics and all materials will be provided– no prior electronics experience is needed.  A small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

VAUXFLORES DIY ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 1 – 4PM
PRO ARTS GALLERY & COMMONS
INFO & TICKETS


ELEMENTS OF DESIGN FASHION SHOW
Stop by Red Bay Coffee (next to the Fruitvale BART Station) for a night filled with fun, food, and fashion.  Three local designers from the Bay Area will be showcasing their designs.

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 7 – 9PM
RED BAY COFFEE
INFO & TICKETS

 

PRECARIOUS LIVES: EXPERIMENTAL FILM/ VIDEO EVENT
Working at the heart of what it is to be a queer human, the convention defying experiments in this program explore non-narrative and alternative forms to traditional film/video narratives.  There will be films from over 7 artists shown throughout the event.

PRECARIOUS LIVES
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 7:30 – 9PM

SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER 
INFO & TICKETS

 

50 YEARS OF INNOVATION
Join frog as they celebrate 50 years of design and innovation during SF Design Week’s “The Future Started Here” to immerse yourself in our history, work, culture and brand of the company.  You’ll see: Photography from Helmut Newton, Dieter Henneka, a 3D exhibition of product design from the 1970s to today, and interactive installations charting frog’s collaborations with Apple, Sony, Heatworks, SFMOMA and others.

FROG50 SAN FRANCISCO: DECADES OF INNOVATION 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 6:30 – 9:30PM
FROG DESIGN
INFO & TICKETS

 

FILMS BY ANDY WARHOL
Watch a selection of Warhol’s films from 1963 – 1968 at the SFMOMA.  These films were created at a time when queer life was policed, and New York underground cinema faced large censorship, which makes his work even more groundbreaking!

FILMS BY ANDY WARHOL // PART 1 OF 3
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 10AM – 6PM
SFMOMA
INFO & TICKETS

 

TRIX MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY
Trix magazine is launching its DEBUT ISSUE and invites you to join us to celebrate the release of our new magazine, for women who are defining success on their own terms.  Come by to meet the founding team and our community of like-minded readers, hear live reading excerpts from Issue One, and enjoy drinks and mingling.

TRIX MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 7 – 10PM

HERON ARTS 
INFO & TICKETS

 

LGBTQ ARTISTS AT SEN WIENER’S OFFICE
Senator Scott Wiener and Artist and Curator Joseph Abbati invite you to an exhibit featuring LGBTQ Bay Area artists. The event will take place immediately following Senator Wiener’s march in the San Francisco Pride Parade.

QUEER EYES: AN EXHIBITION OF LGBTQ ARTISTS AT SEN WIENER’S OFFICE 
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 12 – 3PM 
455 GOLDEN GATE AVE.
INFO & TICKETS 

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