L.A. Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Got an A/V project to show off to the world? Head over to UCLA’s Hammer Museum on Tues., Feb. 5 for Open Projector Night. A mix of “an open mic night and the Gong Show,” the audience is encouraged to bring their own original short films to be screened.  If your fellow audience members like what they see, they keep watching.  If not…things may get a little rowdy. Both amateurs and professionals are encouraged to submit VHS, DVD, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16 mm films under 10 minutes long.  Hosted by comedian Jason Sklar (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)Free. Tues. Feb. 5 at 7 PM, the Hammer Museum. Visit hammer.ucla.edu for more details.

Keep an eye out for Tarentino at the Autry’s What’s in a Western? series, which showcases films that define and challenge the Western genre.  The Autry’s curator of Western History, Popular Culture and Firearms will lead a discussion of the film and Westerns in general.  Next showing: The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. Sat., Feb. 9 at 1:30.  Visit theautry.org for tickets and details.

Sure, we all want to be influential artistic patrons when we win the lotto someday. And if you’ve peeked in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, you know there might be an open for artistic patrons in L.A. soon. Find out more about what it actually takes to collect art at MOCA. Curator Alma Ruiz spills the beans on how MOCA acquires and maintains their diverse works.  Free. Feb. 28, 7 PM at MOCA, email education@moca.org for more details.

Objects in Getty’s decorative arts collection

If you’re still in the curating mood, try the Getty’s new exhibition The Life of Art.  The interactive exhibition highlights four pieces from the Getty’s decorative arts collection: a silver fountain used to clean utensils in formal banquets, a huge silver wall sconce belonging to Louis XV, a fashionable side chair dating from the 1730s and a porcelain serving bowl.  Visitors explore not only the origins of these objects, but their ‘lives.’ At the Getty Center beginning Feb. 7.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and so is L.A.’s next Downtown Art Walk. Most of the galleries are located on Spring and Main Streets, from 2nd to 9th street. Although the classic experience is at night, if you’ve got time during the day, beat the crowds, grab a leisurely lunch and scour the galleries in the afternoon – most will be open for Art Walk browsers starting at noon. Free, Feb. 14, noon – 10 p.m., Downtown L.A.

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