LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


On November 10, the Los Angeles Conservancy invites the public to appreciate and revitalize the industrial architecture and layered history of Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. The inaugural Arts District Tour: History and Architecture in Downtown Los Angeles runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is self-paced for attendees to enjoy included stops and other sites in the bustling neighborhood. Mini-tours will be provided by Conservancy docents at participating buildings, an assemblage that includes the James K. Hill and Sons Pickle Works Building, a Victorian-era industrial building that dates back to 1888, and Toy Factory Lofts, which was originally built as a trucking warehouse, later converted to a toy factory and now hosts condominium lofts. Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m (seeing all sites may take up to 4 hours). General admission: $35, Students: $15, Children: $10 and Conservancy members: $30. Park and check in at one of two pre-designated areas before walking to tour sites nearby; guests may have to re-park once during tour. Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles.

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Even the most gifted of architectural photographers are often left unrecognized, overshadowed by the works they capture. Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design amends this regular omission, highlighting the men and women behind the lens for their contributions to mass media and photography in architecture. Hailing from our beloved Golden State, three of the 10 honorees are Undine Pröhl and Tim Street-Porter of Los Angeles and Joe Fletcher of Oakland. Through Friday, November 1. Open 1 – 8 p.m. on Thursday and 1 – 6 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

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Adrienne Allebe, Jamie Bruzenak and Nick Wilkinson possess several commonalities. All three are young Los Osos-based artists with bachelor’s degrees in painting; they have lived in larger cities but eventually returned to the Central Coast; and they explore themes of nature and subjective use of color, while boldly ignoring any borders dividing drawing, painting and layer media. Of course, each artist has a unique focus (for example, Wilkinson employs abstracted symbols, while Bruzenak comments on biological environments), but the harmonious strength in their unity is clear through the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Thresholds exhibit. Through Sunday, November 17. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday. General admission is free (donations welcome). 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

The 2013 California-Pacific Triennial continues at the Orange County Museum of Art, featuring the innovative work of 32 artists from California and Asian and Latin American countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. This expanded global network prompts a more cultivated conversation about contemporary art; one that is long overdue, considering the cultural diversity of the West Coast. Better late than never, however – the roster of participating artists’ locations include Guatemala, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and beyond. Expect a wide range of displayed media comprising everything from ceramics art and drawing to conceptual art and photography. Through Sunday, November 17. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. General admission: $12, Students and Seniors: $10, Children, Members and all visitors on second Sunday of the month: free. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

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