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


Celebrate the architectural accomplishments of Los Angeles-based visionary Frank Gehry and a generation of late-20th century architects that followed in his footsteps, including Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss. Featuring full-scale models, sketches, and digital presentations (as well as a companion catalogue published by Rizzoli), MOCA’s A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California will give attendees a glimpse into the future of California architecture as pictured by native Los Angelinos. Notable work by designers, professors, writing critics, and freelance journalists will also be on display to satiate your hunger for learning about the architectural arts. Runs June 16 – September 16, 2013. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave.

Touted as America’s largest modern design event, Dwell Design Week connects speakers, demonstrators, and designers from all kinds of interior design backgrounds. This 3-day event features many keynote speakers, presentations, and showcases, including Obviously Manifesting Green (OMG): The Future of Sustainable Design, a presentation led by furniture designer Peter Danko. He challenges furniture artist gurus to push past the comfortable aspects of interior design that we seem to revert to, and incorporate eco-friendly alternatives to recognize the timeless and durable qualities of sustainable materials. Saturday, June 22, 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $25. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.

Photo: Florian Holzherr

LACMA presents an unparalleled light show that pushes the boundaries of the intricacies of the eyes and gives attendees more than just light shows to reflect on. James Turrell is a Los Angeles artist who takes the word “ambitious” to a new level with his exhibit, James Turrell: A Retrospective. One exhibit in particular, Light Reignfall (from Turrell’s Perceptional Cell series) is an exclusive exhibit. Limited to one museum-goer at a time, this saturated light show gives the retina a workout and leaves the viewer in awe. Sounds intriguing to us! Runs through April 2014. Tickets for museum entrance: $25; tickets for entrance + Light Reignfall exhibit: $45, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

The Old House Fair Walking Tours provide nostalgic attendees with a glimpse into the vintage South Park neighborhood of beautiful San Diego. Five gorgeous houses along the route include the famous Quayle House, an iconic Bungalow Court, and other can’t-miss houses built in the 1900s. Truly fun for the whole family, the day includes a free festival featuring artisans, lively music, and festival fare. When your legs get tired of walking, hop on the trolley for a mobile tour of the charming aspects of this old-time neighborhood. Old House Fair and Festival is free; Historic Home Tour: $25 and Trolley Tour: $5. 30th and Beech Street.

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