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Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

Design by Poltrona Frau

Design by Poltrona Frau. Courtesy of Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Italy is well known for its incredible designers. And now, San Francisco’s Italian Cultural Institute is hosting three design exhibitions showcasing the country’s cultural legacy of “innovating with beauty.” The first opening features “New Italian Design” and highlights 189 designers’ work on graphics, fashion, interior design, and more. The second show features work by design firm Poltrona Frau and its 100 years of creating fine-crafted leather furniture. The third exhibit explores the new role of craftsmanship in Italy with household objects and furnishings from Alessi, Fiat, B&B Italia, Kartell, Flos, and more. Openings begin on June 11 and run through various dates, various locations.

“Ultimate Painting” by Richard Kallweit. Courtesy of Mills College Art Museum

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, artists living in the American West produced an incredible amount of beautiful, innovative, and far-out artwork. Now, Oakland’s Mills College Art Museum is hosting a retrospective of art from that place and era. Dubbed West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, the exhibition features drawings, videos, and photographs from that time period’s countercultural movement, with artists like the Ant Farm Collective, Anna Halprin, and Single Wing Turquoise Bird. Opens June 12 and runs through September 1, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard.

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