LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern CaliforniaAuthor:Valerie Chen
Catch Los Angeles and Austin, Texas-based Greg Miller’s Love at First Site exhibit at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica before it closes Sept 7. Miller has absorbed the pop-culture imagery omnipresent in his 1950s – 1960s California upbringing and also owns a strong grasp of the state’s dynamic geographic makeup from his many travels up and down the coast. With these underlying yet prominent influences, the renowned painter deftly explores and adapts contemporary art. Runs through Saturday, Sept. 7. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closed on Sunday. General admission: free. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, E-1, Santa Monica.
Utilizing photography and sculpture in his What City Pattern? (Revision 2) exhibit in Los Angeles, artist Alex Slade raises discussion about the effects corporate capitalism has bestowed upon the environment. By slyly capturing industrial sustainability projects juxtaposed against man-made projects such as wildlife refuges, Slade highlights the irony in bureaucratizing environmental goals. To further support his conjointly political and artistic agenda, the exhibit also inspects abandoned Modernist buildings, documented in additional photographs that in turn, have inspired the exhibit’s sculptural work. Opens Saturday, Sept. 7 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 26. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment. Edward Cella Art+Architecture, 6018 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
It’s the ninth season of the Cinema Orange Film Series held at the Orange County Museum of Art, and all design enthusiasts are invited to partake in the Sept. 5 outdoor film screening of “Coast Modern.” Directed by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome, the 2012 documentary features various perceptions of West Coast Modernism’s lasting legacy in architectural design. Expect familiar names and faces of apropos powerhouses, including Barbara Lamprecht, Neutra – Dion Neutra, the son and partner of modernist architect Richard Neutra – and many more. Thursday, Sept. 5, food truck onsite from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., film screening on patio (as weather permits). Starts at 8 p.m. and runs approximately 56 minutes. General admission: $12; Students: $10; Members, Seniors and Children: free. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.
Behold prismatic wonder as you set your sights on Color Field, an expansive sculpture comprising millions of glass beads threaded by wire and arranged in tidy rows. Displayed at the MCASD Downtown Jacobs Building, the rainbow masterpiece is the scrupulous handiwork of visual artist Liza Lou and several local artisans in her Durban, South Africa studio. The ambitious, large-scale project embodies an even greater message: Despite challenging materials and overall mission, Color Field thrives through a powerful network of helping hands. Runs through Sunday, November 3, open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, closed Wednesday. General admission: $10, Seniors and Students (ages 26 and over): $5, Military and Students (ages 25 and under): free. Museum admission is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5 – 7 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown, Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Blvd., San Diego.
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