The Agenda: Modern Macramé, René Magritte, and The Museum of SelfiesAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Portland-based artist, interior designer, and stylist Emily Katz has been touring the country teaching thousands the trendy-again, centuries-old craft of macramé. And now she’s swinging through the state to launch her new book Modern Macramé. Get your copy signed at Cattywampus Crafts and then come back the following day to shop Woolfolk’s 2018 collection of knitwear patterns.
When: 4 – 6 p.m., Thurs. 5/24 and Fri. 5/25–Mon. 6/4, respectively
Where: Cattywampus Crafts, 209 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai
Any fan of the Belgian surrealist artist should schedule a trip to San Francisco for the country’s first concentrated exhibit of his work and the most complete collection of curated pieces since his death in 1967. The show concentrates on a period of metamorphosis (1943–1967) with more than 70 paintings, including the famous Le Fils de L’Homme (the apple and bowler hat) and rarely seen sections of a 360-degree panoramic mural called Enchanted Domaine. And because it wouldn’t be a Bay Area exhibit without a tech component, you can look forward to augmented reality environments where you can interact with the installation through 3D software.
When: Through Sun. 10/28
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco
The selfie as we know it today is not a modern invention. It actually has roots dating back 40,000 years. If you’re interested in art, history, tech, and pop culture, the pop-up offers plenty to explore (including a fairly heavy look at the number of deaths caused by foolish selfie takers). But there are also eye-catching backdrops and interactive installations if you’re more of the Instagram-and-go type. Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay—so you might as well get on board.
When: Through Thurs. 5/31
Where: 211 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Bay Area designer Erica Tanov’s first book translates elements of nature—flora, water, and wood—into decor for lived-in, bohemian interiors. The book features work by artist Caroline Seckinger who uses natural elements from the earth around her (bones, animal skins, and stones) as inspiration for her drawings, prints, and sculpture. This weekend, both the designer and artist will be on hand to sign copies of the beautiful new book Design By Nature. Your coffee table will thank you.
When: 4 – 7 p.m., Fri. 5/25
Where: Erica Tanov Boutique at Marin Country Mart, 2415 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur
Established to explore the living legacy of L.A.’s vibrant contemporary art scene, Monday’s conversation is the second program in a series of talks with influential California-based artists. In the hot seats are Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Charlies Gaines, whose distinct voices will shed light on the disparate work they’re creating today—from Akunyili Crosby’s richly detailed figure studies to Gaines’ conceptual works with socio-political implications. Senior curator of the Hammer Museum, Anne Ellegood, will moderate.
When: 6:30 p.m., Mon. 5/21
Where: The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Eleventh St., Santa Monica
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