The SF Agenda: Bay Area Design and Arts Events


California Photography by Ken and Melanie Light

California’s Central Valley is well known for being agricultural mecca, but the marginalization of its people and workers is often ignored. Photographers Ken and Melanie Light have shown the harsh truths of the daily lives of farmworkers and their families in the exhibition Valley of Shadows and Dreams now on display at the Oakland Museum of California; Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams, through Dec. 30, OMCA, Oakland

Photo: Charlotte Kruk

Charlotte Kruk Gallery

The gluttony and excess of the holidays are upon us and Bay Area artist Charlotte Kruk is ready to address the wastefulness of a disposable, packaged society a pop-up galley hosted by the Museum of Craft Design. For her gallery Eye Candy, Kruk has created wearable sculptures that humorously comment on a culture often know for comparing women to decorations, consumables known as “eye candy”; Charlotte Kruk—Eye Candy, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Jan.25, Dogpatch Café and Gallery, San Francisco 

Photo: Alessi

Alessi Metal Workshop Exhibition

If you are into the feel of steel and the allure of aluminum, be sure to check out the Alessi Metal Workshop exhibition. The Italian designers at Alessi partnered with Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Italian “design factory,” where Cranbrook’s metal artists and designers worked together on a material investigation for SoHo-based Alessi. The products that resulted from the workshop will be showcased here in San Francisco, along with a short presentation on the project from Alessi Managing Director Paolo Cravedi. Designs that came from the workshop will be available for sale at 10% off during the event; Alessi Metal Workshop, Nov. 29 68 p.m., Zinc Details 1905 Fillmore St., San Francisco

Image courtesy of ARS New York

Jay DeFeo Retrospective

Jay DeFeo was one of the most important and innovative artists of her generation, but one who until now has not been given her due. A quintessential San Francisco artist who rose to national prominence, DeFeo was at the center of a vibrant community of Bay Area artists, poets, and musicians in the 1950s. Presenting close to 130 works, including collages, drawings, paintings, photographs, small sculptures, and jewelry, this definitive exhibition traces DeFeo’s distinctive vision across more than four decades of art making; Jay DeFeo Retrospective, Through Feb. 3, SFMOMA, San Francisco

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