EVENTS


 

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 kate@weareopencolor.com

 

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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.

 
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July 20-22: 2018 SF Art Book Fair

1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco: The 2018 SF Art Book Fair 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. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.
 

 
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June 11-16: VOLTA Basel

Basel, Switzerland: VOLTA, Basel's art fair for new international positions, debuted in 2005 as a collaboration between dealers and friends. The aim was to secure a platform for international galleries beyond young art stalwart Liste and market heavyweight Art Basel. Concerns and aspirations of the exhibiting gallerists have been first and foremost since VOLTA's inception; in combination with the curatorial mind of Artistic Director Amanda Coulson, eclectic and dynamic presentations with a strong focus on solo presentations find a stage as refined as at the main fair.

Noted for being a "space for discovery", VOLTA14 inaugurates the former COOP distribution center as the newest cultural hub in Basel. Located across from the Novartis Campus at Elsässerstrasse 215, just 9 minutes away from the main fair and within the neighborhood of the very first venue at Voltaplatz. VOLTA sets the tone and plants its (artistic) flag as the first major event within the space.

 
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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.

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June 22: The Pretenders

The Masonic, San Francisco: Legendary artists THe Pretenders will be performing alongside Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express (111 California Street). 

"Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, while guitarist James Honeyman-Scott created a sonic palette filled with suspended chords, effects pedals, and syncopated rhythms that proved remarkably influential over the next two decades. After Honeyman-Scott's death, the Pretenders became a more straightforward rock band, yet Hynde's semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band, even when their music became smoother and more pop-oriented." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  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.