SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

Schatzi is creating a series of fun window displays at the lovely Gravel and Gold boutique in San Francisco’s Mission district. The displays will give viewers a peek into Schatzi’s new vintage furnishings store, which just opened in the backroom of Schauplatz on 791 Valencia Street. Each display will show different living spaces and environments using vintage home goods and wares. These vignettes, which will change and evolve throughout the month, could inspire viewers for new ways to spruce up their own abodes. Reception is on August 15 from 6pm to 8pm, exhibition runs through September 15, Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street.

Rejuvenation Blenko lamps by Wayne Husted. Image courtesy of Designer Marketplace.

One of the country’s iconic glass designers, Wayne Husted, is giving a talk at Berkeley’s Rejuvenation home lighting and furnishing store. Formerly the design director of Blenko Glass Company, Husted has also lived an accomplished career as an independent artist. His stunning glass creations are based in the Bauhaus movement and show off his love of large-scale architectural forms. Husted is well known for his series of lamps, which come in rich colors and soft, fluid forms. Rejuvenation’s can’t-miss event not only includes Husted discussing his design philosophy and years of making glass furnishings and sculptures, but it also will showcase a collection of his original pieces and unveil his new work. The event is on August 17 at 4pm, 1717-D 4th Street.

Mrs. Huang at M Last Night by Yang Fudong. Image courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, and ShanghART Gallery.

Acclaimed Chinese artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong is having his first midcareer retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Titled Estranged Paradise, the exhibition showcases Fudong’s work from 1993 to 2013. Fudong is known for using a dreamlike film noir esthetic in his photography and videos to portray what life is like for the new generation of Chinese living in a rapidly changing society. Estranged Paradise features 20 years of Fudong’s films, multichannel video installations, and photographs. Runs from August 21 through December 8, 2626 Bancroft Way.

Combinable Wall I and II by Hans Hofmann. Image courtesy of the Berkeley Art Museum.

Another great show at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive this month is Hans Hofmann: Rectangles. Hofmann (1880-1966) is one of the forefathers of postwar American art and was instrumental in developing the Abstract Expressionism movement. While Hofmann painted many forms and figures, he is most well known for his rectangle series. These paintings borrow from the Cubist movement using reds, blues, and yellows to create abstract and mesmerizing compositions. Runs through September 1, 2626 Bancroft Way.

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