The Agenda: American Craft Council, Casa Coastal, and Hi-Fructose Magazine’s 10th AnniversaryAuthor:Allison McCarthy
This year’s American Craft Council show is so much more than perusing contemporary work from 250-plus vendors. Make Room returns, and the theme, “In Space and Time,” will be translated into designscapes by Sayre Ziskin of SVZ Interior Design, Paige Loczi of Loczidesign, Elena Calabrese of Elena Calabrese Design and Decor, and stylist Bianca Sotelo of A Fabulous Challenge. Let’s Make Inspiration Stations will get you involved in the creative process, while Hip Pop will feature pieces by emerging craft artisans. And SF Magazine’s design and style editor Erin Feher will lead the not-to-be-missed Style Slam, in which stylists will be challenged to accessorize mannequins and models.
When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. 8/4 and Sat. 8/5; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 8/6
Where: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
Feel the femme power at this large-scale exhibition of work by Marisa Merz, the major Arte Povera player and the only female from the noteworthy 1960s Italian movement. Presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the show highlights pieces from the artist’s oeuvre from the last five decades. You’ll find experiments using nontraditional materials, the enigmatic heads and faces the artist created in the ’80s and ’90s, and late-career installations that manage to balance intimacy and scale. It’s the first retrospective of Merz’s work in the U.S.
When: Through Sun. 8/20
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Art + Horticulture
British artist Rebecca Louise Law’s whimsical floral work has been wooing the fashion and fine jewelry worlds for years, and now she brings her upside-down meadows (created from freshly cut flowers wound with copper and suspended from the ceiling) to Casa Romantica Cultural Center, the stunning Spanish Colonial Revival estate in San Clemente. The artist has sourced 8,000 native and drought-resistant blooms from the property’s 2.5 acres and has also incorporated flowers donated from master gardeners, horticultural societies, Boy and Girl Scout troupes, and other organizations all over Orange and San Diego counties. The result: an immersive (and fragrant) exhibition that encourages viewers to touch, smell, and take selfies among the sea of lavender, yarrow, and roses.
When: Through Sun. 8/13; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday–Sunday
Where: Casa Romántica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
Coveted paint and paper retailer Farrow & Ball has been charming designers and home decorating enthusiasts stateside, so the decidedly British brand has continued its U.S. expansion plan. This weekend the Santa Monica showroom will host a brunch during which F&B’s team of color experts demystifies primers and undercoats. You’ll also uncover tips and tricks of the trade for achieving long-lasting finish with a depth of color.
When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun. 7/30
Where: 1016 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
See the confluence of high and low at this exhibition honoring the 10th anniversary of this boundary-pushing art magazine. You’ll find work by such artists as Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, and Kehinde Wiley in a show that brings together artists and work not typically displayed together.
When: Through Sun. 9/17
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O. St., Sacramento
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