The below is a curated list of international events recommended by the Open Color community. We look for for art installations, music showcases, speaking engagements and more—to submit your own suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Featured* April 19: She Bends: Women in Neon
The Midway, San Francisco: Making a splash at The Museum of Neon in LA earlier this year, She Bends (hailed as “revolutionary” by Juxtapoz Magazine) will be hitting the Bay Area this Spring. Produced by The Midway Gallery & Artist Studios - an exhibition space uniquely positioned within a larger creative complex - She Bends SF will feature program enhancements such as a big opening night soiree, workshops, demos, panel discussions and salon dinners.
Curated by Bay Area bender and favorite, Meryl Pataky, She Bends is the largest, most inclusive all-female neon exhibition ever put together.
March 13-18: Bouquets to Art Exhibit
de Young Museum, San Francisco: For one week only, the de Young hosts its annual floral takeover, now in its 34th year. Florists from San Francisco to Tokyo breathe new life into the collections, creating their own masterpieces inspired by the works of art. It’s not just fun and flowers—proceeds from Bouquets to Art help to underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums. Bouquets to Art is organized by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.
March 28: The Art of Resistance in the Bay Area
The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco: Join The San Francisco Foundation and some of the Bay Area's most renowned "artivists" to discuss the role of art in today's social justice movements.
April: Napa Valley, Arts in April
Napa Valley, CA: Each year Arts Council Napa Valley produces a month-long campaign to promote Their local talents and bring its community together through live music, art fairs and exhibitions, storytelling, theatre performances, culinary arts, and hands on activities.
March 21 – April 26: Chevrons by Alex Couwenberg
Andrea Schwartz Gallery, san Francisco: Alex Couwenberg’s acrylic paintings reflect his fastidious attention to detail and his obsession over process. Through a constant investigation of materials and process, Couwenberg’s paintings are informed by the visual landscape of his native Los Angeles. Mid-century design, furniture, architecture, surf and skateboard culture, color and graphics, as well as hard-edge abstraction all play a role in his work. The paint, pin striping, and finish associated with hot rod and custom car culture also impact the aesthetic of his paintings. Couwenberg’s newest work embraces the V-shaped chevron form, whose sharp edges are incorporated seamlessly into the overall geometric style of the paintings. Composed and orchestrated in a manner that suggests architecture, geometry, and design, Couwenberg’s paintings constantly pursue the balance between intuition and control.
April 28-29: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn NY: Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
July 7: Art Night London
London: Follow a trail of art across south London during the all-night arts festival, Art Night.
Now in its third edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year.
Curated by the Hayward Gallery to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year’s event sees art projects running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea. Many of the free festival’s works are site-specific and directly engage with the culture and heritage of the area.
The festival is supported by international auction house Phillips.
April 19: Discrete Figures/Gray Area 10 year
Heron Arts, San Francisco: Celebrating Gray Area’s 10 year anniversary programming art & technology, Heron Arts and The Japan Foundation and present the United States Premiere of ‘discrete figures,' a new dance technology performance by artist Daito Manabe’s Rhizomatiks and Choreographer Mikiko's Elevenplay, in collaboration with artist Kyle McDonald.
Inspired by Alan Turing, their newest performance marries choreography for five dancers with machine learning technology and a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, virtual dancers and other objects. An expansive multidisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians, dancers, media artists, composers, and engineers, this complex experimental performance is truly the first of its kind. This performance probes the circuitry connecting the corporeal to the cognitive, questioning the very essence of humanity and machine.
April 18: Jungle
The Warfield, San Francisco: There is no blueprint to Jungle’s irresistible, life-enhancing, report-to-the-dancefloor sound but there are many ingredients. It’s P-Funk and ‘Grand Theft Auto’, it’s Curtis Mayfield and ‘Tron’, it’s the Beach Boys and Joy Division and Marvin Gaye and Can, all cut up and refracted in a London neighbourhood where anything can happen.
May 26: Bodys Isek Kingelez