The Agenda: Game Design Workshop, New Sonoma Winery, and L.A. Pop-Up ShopAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Figue in L.A.
Beloved NYC boutique Figue pops up on the popular shopping block, touting its global wares for the city’s jet set. Decked out in Moroccan and European designs (think Moorish arches and filigree lanterns), the 1,300-square-foot space is chockablock with goods from founder Stephanie von Watzdorf’s international adventures.
When: Through 7/31
Where: 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Framed & Matted
San Francisco company Framed & Matted is featuring L.A. photographer Max Wanger as May’s Artist Spotlight. The ongoing collaboration highlights a framed work by a different artist each month. Wanger’s Tulum, mounted in a white Addision frame with an ice-white mat, is available for purchase ($300) through the end of the month.
When: Through May 31
Learn about game mechanics, balance, and theory at this free workshop where you’ll try your hand at designing your own tabletop game. Guest designers will show you how they go from prototype to play test. Call 1-800-490-7081 to RSVP or email email@example.com.
When: 4 – 7 p.m., Tues. 5/27
Where: New School of Architecture and Design, Wonderbread Building, 1249 F St., San Diego
Defying the odds in a male-dominated industry, Lutah Maria Riggs brought a fresh perspective to SoCal architecture. This documentary—through journal entries, never-before-seen photos, and interviews—paints a picture of this underrepresented talent through the lens of some of Santa Barbara’s most iconic structures and private homes. Get tickets here.
When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs. 5/29
Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara
Monster Drawing Rally
100 artists come together for a live-drawing extravaganza at Outpost@Armory‘s annual fundraising event. You’ll have the chance to see art in action and buy real-time drawings for only $75 a pop. Entry will only cost you $10, and all proceeds benefit the organization’s community and arts education programming.
When: 1 – 6 p.m., Sun. 6/1
Where: Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Hamel Family Wines
With design by Gould Evans and branding/events by Ken Fulk, Hamel Family Wines will be a big draw for the wine-loving, design-minded denizen. The winery, set to open mid-June, sits at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, and the design takes inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Black walnut wood, travertine, and basalt stone combined with a rammed-earth wall spanning the length of the estate house mimics the texture of the winery’s environment. Ken Fulk and his team will curate onsite dinners with Gary Danko, campfire concerts, and an outdoor movie series. Book your tasting at this stunning Sonoma addition here.
When: Grand opening scheduled for mid-June
Where: Hamel Family Wines, 15401 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma
Modernism from the National Gallery of Art
A remarkable showcase of modern and contemporary art from the end of World War II to the end of the century, this special exhibit is made up of nearly 50 works from the collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in D.C. Here, you’ll get your fix of greats like Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella. Don’t miss the show’s centerpiece—Barnett Newman’s series of 15 paintings, The Stations of the Cross, shown together in a pristine gallery devoted exclusively to the series.
When: Sat. 6/7 – Sun. 10/12
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco
Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose
Often an inspiration for art, the human body is an essential unit of measure in furniture design. This show pairs the museum’s wide-ranging collection of chairs with modern and contemporary representations of the body in repose in an exploration of form and function. From Cini Boeri and Tomu Katayanagi’s fantastical glass Ghost Chair to Sam Maloof’s highly practical Walnut Rocking Chair, this exhibit highlights both art and design.
When: Through 8/31
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum, 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert
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