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



May 19 - Oct 28: René Magritte, The Fifth Season

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco: René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.


October 6: Interpol @ The Greek

Berkeley, CA: NYC staple Interpol makes a stop at the greek theatre in Berkeley, CA on October 6th as they tour their August 24th release, Marauder. The band took a two-and-a-half year break after the departure of founding bassist Carlos D, returning with the 2014 release of El Pintor (and fellow founder Paul Banks on Bass). 


August 10-12: Outside Lands

San Francisco, Ca: Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill re excited to unveil the lineup for Outside Lands 201. Now in its 11th year, the festival will return to San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 10-12t, once again showcasing a world class music, art and comedy lineup alongside the best of the Bay Area’s food, wine and beer. The festival has sold out in advance the past seven years and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible.

Leading the musical charge this year are powerhouse performers Janet Jackson, Florence + The
Machine and The Weekn. Outside Lands has again curated a forward-thinking lineup by combining the hottest new talent with artists like Sabrina Claudio, Kelela, Daniel Caesar, Tash Sultana nd more, alongside crowd favorites like Beck, Bon Iver, CHVRCHES nd musical legacy acts like Huey Lewis & The News.


October 1: Trevor Powers @ The Fillmore

San Francisco, CA: This tour marks Trevor Powers' first since his departure from his former project, Youth Lagoon. Powers is back as himself, with a totally new sound. Don't miss the show, and be sure to check out the next issue of Open Color Magazine for an interview with trevor.

 Eileen Noonan

Eileen Noonan

September 7: Proof of Life By Eileen Noonan

The Laundry, San Francisco: Proof of Life: a solo exhibition featuring a year's work by Bay Area Abstract Artist Eileen Noonan. Proof of Life presents over 40 recent paintings and works on paper. The Laundry is hosting the exhibition, which opens on September 7th and continues through October 21st, with an artist’s reception on Friday, September 7th, from 5:30-9:30 PM. Fifty percent of the sale of each painting will benefit The Milo Foundation. Eileen Noonan creates playful and emotionally evocative abstract paintings informed by her sensitivity to the imperceivable. Eileen Noonan explains “I ride pure, raw, sometimes demanding, sometimes elusive, fluid energy. Every blank canvas is an opportunity to dissolve into the oneness, connect and bring back what wants to be felt, expressed, ultimately SEEN.” Eileen’s work connects intimately with the world just outside of our ordinary sensory perception. Every drip, stroke and color choice is designed consciously and unconsciously to work in concert to bring to the viewer the most exact expression, evoking a visceral and possibly cognitive experience of that which is asking to be seen, heard, felt, understood. The experience is hypnotic and provocative. Her unique use of color and minimal design creates delightful and soulful journeys. This exhibit is a testament to "Proof of Life" beyond our ordinary senses.

  Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Ongoing: Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

Art Institute of Chicago: This fall the Art Institute opens a new installation devoted to the museum’s seminal collection of architectural drawings and furniture, graphic, and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This evolving Modern Wing display is the first of its kind in the United States, highlighting important acquisitions and presenting architecture and design as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.