The Agenda: L.A.’s Freedom Sculpture, Culinary-Dance Immersion in West Marin, and Festival Napa ValleyAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Instead of barbecues and beers this 4th of July, feast your eyes on “The Freedom Sculpture,” L.A.’s brand-new large-scale public artwork by noted artist, architect, and engineer Cecil Balmond. Designed as a modern interpretation of the 2,500-year-old Iranian Cyrus Cylinder—which is widely considered to be the first-ever declaration of human rights—the monumental work is composed of lace-like cylinders within cylinders, held aloft by two parallel circles. The silver exterior will sparkle in the afternoon sun, and at night, LED lights will illuminate a golden center. It will all be unveiled on the 4th and will serve as a beacon of freedom, diversity, and inclusiveness—a reminder of the ideals upon which this country was built.
When: 5:30 – 10 p.m., Tues. 7/4
Where: Santa Monica Blvd. and Century Park East, Los Angeles
Hawaiian artist and painter Gabrielle Anderman presents her latest series at this SFMOMA Artists Gallery exhibit. A rumination on fear and letting go in the face of the unknown, the collection of abstract paintings, small-scale drawings, and large-scale work were inspired by two major life experiences that Anderman was faced with over the past four years: the birth of her children and the loss of her mother. Each piece explores the idea of having to accept and move on. And the large-scale painting—earthy and heavy at the bottom, vibrant and pulsing at the center, and light at the top—mirrors the course of life itself.
When: Fri.7/14–Fri. 8/25; Artist reception: 5 – 7 p.m., Wed. 7/19
Where: SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
Picture this: a gourmet meal under the stars and an open-air ballet performance against a stunning hillside backdrop. If that sounds like the most magical experience ever, then get your tickets now to Solis, a dance and culinary experience presented by Julia Adam Dance and Big Mesa Farmstead. The creative collaboration is an actual marriage of people and crafts—Julia Adam is a former dancer and choreographer and Aaron Lucich is a producer, rancher, and agricultural activist. Each evening starts with a farm-to-table dinner, after which guests meander over to the stage with steaming mugs of hot cocoa for the latest ballet from Julia Adam Dance.
When: Fri. 7/14–Sun. 7/16 and Fri. 7/21–Sun. 7/23
Where: Big Mesa Farmstead, 280 Mesa Rd., West Marin
Wine Country’s annual culture fest promises performances by violinist Joshua Bell, plus the U.S. premiere of a poetry-meets-music production by actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler. All variety of performances—from Cuban beats presented by the Havana Chamber Orchestra to a dance gala with the San Francisco Ballet—play out over 10 days at wineries, inns, theaters, and jazz clubs throughout the valley.
When: Fri. 7/14–Sun. 7/23
Where: Various venues, Napa Valley
The first major U.S. exhibition by renowned British abstract sculptor Richard Deacon has been so popular that the show was extended by more than a month. The exhibition shows off Deacon’s vast oeuvre of works in multiple materials—from free-standing sculptures made of steamed oak and stainless steel to wall-mounted works, glazed ceramics, and works on paper.
When: Through Mon. 9/4
Where: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
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