The Agenda: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, Designer Runway, and Andy Warhol



@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz  

Perhaps the year’s most anticipated art happening, “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” is a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The show, composed of seven site-specific installations by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, serves as the artist’s response to the layered history of Alcatraz. Developed entirely from his studio in Beijing (he is forbidden to leave China), the exhibit includes a solemn piece made of more than one million legos.  

When: Sat. 9/27 – Sun. 4/26/15

Where: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco


Open House

SOCO Design 

South Coast Collection (aka SOCO), one of Orange County’s premier design destinations, is hosting an open house during which decorators and the design savvy set can tour the center’s newest showrooms, including Environment, Farrow & Ball, and Brown Jordan. The event is free, but you must RSVP to by October 1. Tour maps and raffle instructions are available upon check-in outside OC Mix.  

When: 5 – 8 p.m., Tues. 10/7

Where: 3303 – 3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa

Courtesy of Roche Bobois

Anniversary Party

Roche Bobois 

Toast to the 40th anniversary of the French design house’s arrival to the US with a chic soiree of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the SoCal showroom. The swanky event also celebrates the launch of Interiors California’s fall issue. 

When: 6 – 8 p.m., Wed. 10/8

Where: 7611 Girard Ave., La Jolla 



Open City | Art City 

A collaboration between Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Institute for the Future, this festival is designed to instigate talks about the future of cities like San Francisco. Artists, civic innovators, and technology leaders will come together for a day of interactive art, public programming, and workshops. It’s free and open to the public. Standouts include a discussion moderated by IFTF video producer and designer, Dylan Hendricks, about the future of San Francisco and how the practical designs of our environment will come to shape stories and mythologies of the Bay Area.   

When: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 10/4

Where: YBCA, 701 Mission St., San Francisco

Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978–79. Photo by Bill Jacobson Studio


Andy Warhol: Shadows

Organized by the Dia Art Foundation, “Andy Warhol: Shadows” makes its West Coast debut at MOCA. This monumental work, conceived as one piece in multiple parts, is a series of silkscreened and hand painted canvases composed from shadow photographs taken at The Factory. While the artist’s trademark of repetition remains, missing here are the references to consumer commodities and pop culture icons. MOCA’s presentation is the second only to the Dia Art Foundation in 1979 to feature the full collection of paintings.   

When: Sat. 9/20 – Mon. 2/2/15

Where: MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 



Designer Runway 

In this annual benefit, the OC’s top interior designers go head-to-head in a fierce competition. The challenge? To create fashion-forward looks from seven yards of fabric and trim sourced at the Laguna Design Center in 90 minutes flat. Funds raised go to the Illumination Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides services to homeless families in the area.   

When: 5 – 10 p.m., Thurs. 10/2

Where: Laguna Design Center, 23811 Aliso Creek Rd., Laguna Niguel 


Art Fair

Art Silicon Valley | San Francisco 

Art Miami travels to the West Coast for the first Contemporary and Modern Art Fair of its kind in the Bay Area. The show, with work from 75 renowned international galleries and more than 750 featured artists, highlights blue chip, mid-career, and emerging talent. Conveniently located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the fair caters to both veteran and new art collectors looking to acquire cutting-edge work from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

When: Thurs. 10/9 – Sun. 10/12

Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo 


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