Looking for an idea for what to do this weekend? For those of you based in LA, look no further. This weekend, the Santa Monica Museum of Art will lead the first regional weekend of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980. The three day event is a collaboration of museums and galleries in the Santa Monica/Westside area to celebrate and showcase the neighborhood's contributions to arts in California.
If you haven't had a chance to see ceramic artist Ani Kasten's show at Heath Ceramics Los Angeles, get going! The show closes this Sunday, Oct. 16 and is her only show in LA this year.
The monthly Downtown LA Art Walk is taking place this Thursday, October 13 from 6-10pm. It's one of our favorite events each month and a fantastic opportunity to check out LA's best galleries, new shops, restaurants and more. This month we're especially excited to see TOMS' One for One exhibit, which raises awareness for World Sight Day, which happens to also be October 13.
South L.A. isn't well known for its public art, with the exception of Watts Tower. But a site-specific work about to be unveiled at the Martin Luther King Center for Public Health, the first new building to open on the rehabbed Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center campus, may change that.
Elizabeth Taylor once claimed she had three true loves in her life: husband number three, Mike Todd; husband five (and six) Richard Burton; and jewelry. Before her death from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in the spring, she had arranged with Christie's to auction off most of her belongings, including the legendary jewelry she acquired from seven marriages.
This Saturday (today for members!) marks the opening of LACMA's exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way," which will painstakingly re-create Charles and Ray Eames' living room. As the centerpiece of the exhibit, the contents of the Eames' living room – all 1,864 objects – have been moved to the museum for the full-scale replica.
With all the (well-deserved) hype around Pacific Standard Time, it's easy for some of the smaller design events to get overlooked this month. But October is also L.A.'s Architecture Month and the local AIA chapter is sponsoring a slew of local architecture events throughout the month. The purpose of the events is "to celebrate the built environment and bring awareness to the importance of design to the community at large" while also bringing together a diverse group or professional and public interest groups.
Go big or go home at this year's 2nd annual Big Draw at San Marino's The Huntington Library. The Big Draw LA is a month-long city-wide celebration of drawing, sponsored by Ryman Arts and Los Angeles-area museums.
L.A.-based architects Craig Hodgetts and Hsin-Ming Fung are busy prepping LACMA's Resnick Pavilion (aka the "baby Piano") for the upcoming exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way." The show, one of five LACMA is hosting for the Pacific Standard Time initiative, is the first major study of California midcentury modern design.
Anyone who has ever spent time in the city’s numerous museums and galleries knows that Los Angeles is chock-full of terrific modern art. But have you ever wondered how it got that way? From the pop art of Ed Ruscha to the conceptual pieces of John Baldessari to the radical postminimalist works of Bruce Nauman, LA artists have been at the forefront of some of the most important movements in art and design.