SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a mythic annual event where thousands of fans of the Insane Clown Posse rap group come together to camp out, get wasted, brawl, and bear copious amounts of clown-like face makeup. Photographer Daniel Cronin has put together a book of photos he took documenting the Gathering of the Juggalos and will be speaking about his experience at San Francisco’s Gallery Carte Blanche on the evening of March 29. The photos in the book cover portraits of the teenagers, couples, and families in this mysterious American subculture. Artist talk and book signing is on March 29 from 6pm to 9pm, Gallery Carte Blanche, 973 Valencia Street.

Photo by Daniel Cronin. Courtesy of Gallery Carte Blanche.

Hung Liu is one of the most significant Chinese painters working in the U.S., and for the first time a major retrospective of her exquisite and thought-provoking artwork can be seen at the Oakland Museum of California. Featuring around 80 paintings, along with photographs and sketchbooks, Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is a can’t miss exhibit. Liu’s large-scale oil paintings explore the world of her native China and also examine life for Chinese immigrants in the U.S. Runs through June 30, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street.

Allegory of the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth. Image courtesy of the artists.

Tapestries are typically thought of as one of the more traditional types of artwork, but what about ones that weave scenes relevant to today’s world? That’s what artists in residence Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth at San Francisco’s de Young Museum have attempted to do. Their massive and highly detailed triptych tapestry titled The Conflicts is on view at the museum through the month of March. The triptych focuses on three traditional conflicts: human vs. nature, human vs. himself/herself, and human vs. human. Runs through March 31, Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

Photo from 2012 Red Cross Gala by Drew Altizer. Courtesy of American Red Cross Bay Area.

The American Red Cross’ Bay Area chapter is hosting its annual gala on April 6 with the theme “Hope by Design.” Featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, and an auction, this event is to raise money for the Red Cross and all celebrate the Bay Area’s notable designers. Each table will be decorated by a specific designer, including Candace Barnes, Coup d’Etat, Jiun Ho Interiors, and Weaver Design. The Red Cross will also host a preview party on April 5 to showcase the designers’ “tablescapes.” Red Cross Gala will be on April 6 and the preview party will be on April 5 at San Francisco’s Design Center’s Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th Street.

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