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


The work of L.A.-based architect A. Quincy Jones (better known as Quincy) is being celebrated at the Hammer Museum as part of a Getty-sponsored exhibit Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles. Quincy’s notable contribution to California architecture is seen through his unique modernist perspective and thoughtful and efficient building design. On display will be original architectural drawings that illustrate Quincy’s passion for the outdoors, a rare Case Study House model, and vintage photographs by Julius Shulman, Ernest Braun and other notable photographers of the period. Attendees will experience Quincy’s “designing from the inside-out” mentality through a range of sketches, architectural plans, and new photos detailing the actual scale of some of his projects. Runs through September 8. Museum hours: Tues – Fri, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat – Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors. Additional ticket info here.

Los Angeles Design Week continues through the end of the month, with a closing celebratory reception at Chinatown Design Night. Guests can pop into open studios and indulge in retail therapy all night long. Chinese lanterns will line the pathway at this street party spectacle, where you’ll be able to enjoy design exhibits, new products, and a bit of puppet theatre. Stop by Fifth Floor Gallery for a special closing reception hosted by California Home + Design as well! June 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Chung King Road. Downtown Los Angeles, on N. Hill Steet just off of the 110 Freeway. See directions here.


Interior designers are going graphic on a grand scale, and AIA L.A. is offering a class where you can learn to do the same. Restaurant, cafe, and even hospital designers are taking advantage of their vast wall space and commissing designers to create digital murals that enhance their guests’ experiences. Hewlett-Packard has created a Digital Wall Decor course where ameature graphic artists and seasoned professionals alike can learn about the latest trends in digital wall art and the best installation practices. Stick around after the class to check out the live printing demonstrations and custom wallcovering installations. June 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. NuSign Supply, 1365 Darius Court, City of Industry. Register to attend here.

Monterey Park is the latest destination in a series of walking tours that explore the many regions of Los Angeles. Part of the Summer 2013 Urban Hike program, this Sunday’s event will guide curious walkers through the luxury condos, cafes, and newly-built shopping centers that gives this “Little Taipei” neighborhood its own rich, cultural history. June 30, 11 a.m. General admission: $10, Students: $5. Purchase tickets here.

Take a trip to Orange County and stop by the Laguna Art Museum to see Faux Real, an eye-opening exhibit that plays with the notion of how furniture and everyday objects are made. The gallery features artists such as Cheryl Ekstrom and Richard Shaw, whose skill lies in creating trompe l’oell, or visual illusions. By turning ordinary home objects into works of art using ceramic, porcelain, and steel, these artists challenge our thinking about the creative process. Runs through September 29. Mon -Tues, Fri-Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m, Thursday until 9 p.m. General admission: $7, Students and Seniors; $5. Free first Thursday of the month from 5:00-9:00 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. More information here. 

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