LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Though state-sponsored agencies typically hold a heavy monopoly over space exploration, Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration is a new foray into the final frontier. Vesting the power of the arts, curators Tyler Stallings and Marko Peljhan have assembled a powerful contemporary collection of paintings, photography, sculptures, and other forms of media associated with the aerospace industry. The injection of culture into an often science-only matter provokes discussion of potential private enterprise models. Runs through Oct. 13. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m; Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and closed Monday and holidays. General admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Museum of Art and History, 665 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster.

Hosted by LA Forum, the “On the Map” series continues with a visit to the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) on August 22. Expect mesmerizing innovation, evident in its contemporary architecture (including white concrete, stainless steel, solar lighting and high ceilings) in addition to an overarching mission of sparking art-driven conversation. With a star tour guide lineup that boasts ESMoA co-founders Eva and Brian Sweeney, executive architect John Milander, and contractor John Ferri, the opportunity to participate in the enlightening dialogue is a must-do. Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. General admission: $10, Students: $5, LA Forum members: free. 208 Main Street, El Segundo.

Neutra VDL Research House | Photo by Solsken Flickr

Architecture students switch hats and take on the role of teachers on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Neutra VDL Research House, offering spectators insight into this iconic Silver Lake building. Donated to Cal Poly Pomona in 1980 by the wife of late modernist architect Richard Neutra, the former home and workplace exemplifies urban living with an avant-garde twist. Though Neutra is no longer with us, the College of Environmental Design students intend to carry on his legend that shines through the medley of glass surfaces, mirrors and neutral tones. The tour runs about approximately 30 minutes, and all admission fees support project preservation. Every Saturday, open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. General admission: $10. 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles. 

Some may consider food and art as two distinct entities, while others have argued in favor of blurred lines. But when delicious food from celebrated restaurants and the passion-fueled works from notable artists purposely come together, it’s undeniable that such a merger is a mighty force, indeed. Start September on a satisfying note by seeing the magical mix in action: pop-up series Art a la Carte in San Diego invites the public to join fellow food and art enthusiasts in delighting the senses. Enjoy restaurant specials and happy hour treats; reservations highly recommended. Sunday, Sept. 1, 5 – 8 p.m. General admission: free. Aventine La Jolla, La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego.

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