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End July with Art Openings, Fairs, & Parties

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Summer is in full swing in the Bay Area, so get out of your house and hit some of the art events happening this month.  The end of July will feature the return of multiple fairs and festivals including the annual San Francisco Art Book Fair, Gray Area’s Annual Festival, and the stARTup Small Works Fair!

SADIE BARNETTE: FROM HERE
Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette will discuss her creative practice which ranges from drawing, photography, to large-scale installation.  She will discuss material interventions and conceptual concerns engaging West Coast vernacular, family histories, a reclaimed FBI file, glitter, found objects, antiquated technologies and galactic escapes.

GRADUATE LECTURE SERIES: SADIE BARNETTE FROM HERE
MONDAY, JULY 15, 7 – 9PM
SCULLY GRAY BOX GALLERY
INFO & TICKETS

 

BINARY SALON 11
Binary Salons are a place where artists who are working at the intersection of art + tech can come together to share ideas and practices.  This week’s edition will feature presentations by Jiabao Li and Victoria Scott, both artists who use technologies to engage audiences in unique and thoughtful ways, taking participation and immersion to new levels.

BINARY SALON 11
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 6 – 9PM
THE MIDWAY GALLERY & ARTIST STUDIOS
INFO & TICKETS

 

NAVIGATE THE SF ART GALLERY SCENE
Join us for an exciting panel discussion with SF gallerists. Presented by ArtSpan and Intersection for the Arts, this panel aims to help artists navigate the San Francisco gallery scene.  This panel discussion features owners from some of the best local galleries and will cover topics like how artists can get noticed by galleries.

NAVIGATING THE SF ART GALLERY SCENE
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 6:30 – 8PM
INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS

 

SIGNMAN: JOHN LAW, IN CONVERSATION SERIES
Three artists will discuss the shadowy world of UrbEx (urban exploration) and tell tales of their various (mis)adventures exploring worldwide over the last 25 years. And the dangers of perpetrating “illegal” art.  One of the featured artists, Ron English is a Painter and influential street artist and billboard hacker.

JULIA SOLIS, RON ENGLISH AND JOHN LAW IN CONVERSATION
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 7 – 9PM
PRO ARTS GALLERY & COMMONS
INFO & TICKETS

 

FAR OUT OPENING WEEKEND
Check out the opening for the SFMOMA’s newest show Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space this weekend and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  This exhibition presents realized and conceptual designs for space suits, habitats, and laboratories alongside a selection of film and visual art, including designs from Rick Guidice, Raymond Loewy, NASA, Neri Oxman, Tom Sachs, and others.

OPENING WEEKEND // FAR OUT
JUL 18 – JUL 21, 10AM – 5PM
SFMOMA
INFO & TICKETS 

 

LECTURE ON TRANS* ART
In this lecture, Professor Jack Halberstam plots yet another history of trans* bodies, one that can be traced through decades of art work and that offers a visual survey of the instability and illegibility that many trans* bodies represent and to which they deliberately cleave.

LECTURE ON TRANS* ART BY JACK HALBERSTAM
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 6:30 – 8PM
WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
INFO & TICKETS 

 

LSG’S CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES
For this week’s edition of the Luggage Store Gallery’s creative music series, there’s a line-up of electronic music and improvisational composition.  There will be a performance from Seiyoung Jang, an Oakland composer, that combines violin music with electronics!

ETHER SHIP, JANG/SHARIATZADEH AT LSG CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 8 – 10PM
THE LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY
INFO

 

BLOCK FEST IN THE TENDERLOIN
Every first and third Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors.

BLOCK FEST TENDERLOIN ARTS FESTIVAL & FREE ART MAKING
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 3 -5PM
COUNTERPULSE
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SF ART BOOK FAIR
The 2019 San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. This event is free and open to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts.

SF ART BOOK FAIR
JUL 19 – 21
MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
INFO

 

STARTUP SMALL WORKS 2019
stARTup Small Works is a “tabletop” style art fair in a large creative complex for select contemporary artists to show small-scale works ranging from sculptures, paintings, and drawings, to prints and ceramics. Its core mission is to provide artists with direct access to the art world, and an exhibition venue populated by dealers, curators, collectors, and consultants–all of whom are coming to San Francisco to discover and buy art from some of the best independent artists working today.

STARTUP SMALL WORKS 2019
JUL 19 – 21
THE MIDWAY SF
INFO & TICKETS

 

XUXA SANTAMARIA + CHANCLETAS D’ORO RECORD RELEASE
Come celebrate with XUXA SANTAMARIA + friends the release of XXSM’s 3rd album, Chancletas D’ Oro (Ratskin 2019) at The Lab with this special night featuring some of The Bay’s best electronic music!  If you aren’t familiar with XUXA SANTAMARIA, the interdisciplinary duo mixes music with video art installations.
XUXA SANTAMARIA + CHANCLETAS D’ORO RECORD RELEASE PARTY @ THE LAB
FRIDAY, JUL 19, 8PM – 12AM
THE LAB
INFO & TICKETS

 

23RD ANNUAL URBAN YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Each year, the Urban Youth Arts Festival sets up a huge community painting wall in Precita Park for artists of all ages to express themselves, along with music and fun – typically with over 500 feet of wall space.  There will also be a Community Mural Painting Station, so bring your spray cans or acrylics to paint on the wall.

23RD ANNUAL URBAN YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, JULY 20, 12 – 5PM
PRECITA PARK, PRECITA AVE & ALABAMA ST
INFO 

 

BONANZA // THAT’S FUNNY
“That’s Funny” invites artists and comedians to perform short sets of comedic material on a set designed by Bonanza as a celebration of comedy’s potential for posturing and resilience.  This performance is part of “Performance as Edition,” curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts‘ exhibition “What is an edition, anyway?” on view May 24 – September 7, 2019.

BONANZA // THAT’S FUNNY
SATURDAY, JUL 20, 6 – 7:30PM
MCEVOY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS

 

CHINGA LA MIGRA FUNDRAISER
This fundraiser event will benefit a variety of causes: Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA): a local, membership-based Latina immigrant community organizing and empowerment program; No More Deaths/No Más Muertes: a strong force along the AZ/MX border; and Scott Warren. NMD: a humanitarian aid volunteer who is receiv ing felonies for providing aid!  There will be music, merch, raffles, and other goodies from local artists/ makers and doers!

CHINGA LA MIGRA FUNDRAISER
SUNDAY, JUL 21, 11:55AM – 8PM
PENTACLE COFFEE
INFO

 

ART OF PEACE
Join Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), United Playaz, and the Robby Poblete Foundation to celebrate the opening of Art of Peace, a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness about the continued escalation of death in our country due to senseless gun violence.  Exploring the stories of 10 local artists and collectives who have been affected by gun violence, Art of Peace features sculptural artworks made from dismantled firearms, including shotgun barrels, revolvers, rifle stocks, shell casings, handgun parts, and more collected off the streets of San Francisco through a December 2018 gun buyback program that gathered a total of 244 guns.

OPENING RECEPTION: ART OF PEACE
TUESDAY, JUL 23, 6 – 7:30PM
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
INFO

GRAY AREA FESTIVAL 2019
Join Gray Area for the 5th edition of its annual festival, where you can immerse yourself in four days of art, music, technology, and culture.  There will be the crazy robotic music performance Inferno— imagine you’re Ripley in the Power Loader from Aliens only the machine is controlling your every move!  There will also be the stunning ISM Hexadome, a 360° cinema installed at historic Pier 70 featuring audiovisual collaborations by artists including Thom Yorke & Tarik Barri, Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst, Suzanne Ciani & AudeRrose, and more.

GRAY AREA FESTIVAL 2019
JUL 25 – 28
GRAY AREA ART + TECHNOLOGY
INFO & TICKETS

 

#JUICYTHOTS: A QOC SHOWCASE
Every 4th Thursday, bring all your friends to the Lookout to enjoy a night of performances from Queens/Queers of Color (QOR)!  What if we lived in a world where we could see more folx of color in positions of power? What if we could lift our voices and support each other through the power of drag? Well, we do! So come to support these amazing performers in our community in the best bar in the Castro!

#JUICYTHOTS: A QOC SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 9:30PM
LOOKOUT
INFO & TICKETS

 

HUSH HUSH: COLIN SELF, TYLER HOLMES, SILK WORM
HUSH HUSH brings queer and trans artists from the Bay and Beyond for a night of exciting and experimental performances.  For this edition, the duo has brought in Colin Self, a musician based in New York who connects club/ pop/ and classical music to ideas of gender, communication, and consciousness.

COLIN SELF, TYLER HOLMES, SILK WORM | HUSH HUSH
MONDAY, JULY 29, 7 – 10PM
2727 CALIFORNIA STREET, BERKELEY
INFO

 

TOUCHY FEELY WITH ELLEN LUPTON
This crunchy, slurpy, brainy type talk with Ellen Lupton explores how designers can engage the human body in the experience of reading and communication.  Opening up typography to our other senses not only includes more people but reveals new possibilities for visual design as well.

TOUCHY FEELY WITH ELLEN LUPTON
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 6 – 7:30PM
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY, KORET AUDITORIUM
INFO & TICKETS

 

SUMMER IN SOMA
Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition featuring gallery artists, including: Sarah Williams, Piero Spadaro, John Belingheri, Patrick Dintino, Cara Barer, Tim Yankosky, Gwen Manfrin, and others.  This gallery in SOMA’s latest show is a great way to celebrate summer.

OPENING RECEPTION: SUMMER IN SOMA
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7 – 10PM
ANDREA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
INFO

 

KATE RHOADES’ ART ON MARKET STREET
For the San Francisco Arts Commission’s latest Art on Market Street Poster Series artist Kate Rhoades illustrates the City’s best-known urban legends in an attempt to capture and preserve the City’s legendary “weirdness.”  Each of the posters is illustrated with bold dramatic colors and looks like something straight out of a comic book.

KATE RHOADES: MARKET STREET MYSTERIES
UNTIL JULY 31ST
MARKET ST, BWTN EMBARCADERO & 8TH ST
INFO

 

 

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