LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Armin Hofmann has left a profound mark on the design world, both as a freelance graphic designer and as an international educator. Revered for encouraging student individuality, he has taught at prestigious institutions, including the Yale University School of Art and the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. His own work emphasizes color, a reflection of his vast experiences on the subject. At the Swiss artist’s namesake exhibition entitled Armin Hofmann Farbe/Color, one of his 20 silkscreen portfolios containing 20 compositions is revealed. Discussions and presentations by former students and fellow artists elaborate upon how Hofmann’s method of teaching has served as lasting inspiration. Opens Thursday, Nov. 14 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 19. Open Tuesday through Friday, 11 – 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.; closed Monday. General admission: $10; Seniors and Students: $5; A+D members and Children (under 12): free. A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

Constructed Landscapes, a collection of images by architect and photographer Gerard Smulevich, offers a poignant portrayal of urban landscapes. Through his camera lens, Smulevich renders an alternative reality – a city environment containing raw vulnerability and chaos. Through photographic filters and deliberate omission, often-hidden conditions and qualities are revealed. Runs through Monday, Nov. 24. Open Thursday, 1 – 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. General admission is free. WUHO, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

A prominent philanthropist and major donor of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Helene Galen is well-versed in the modern and contemporary art field. She splits her time between homes in Los Angeles and Coachella Valley’s Rancho Mirage; both abodes filled to the brim with art, including paintings, photography and sculptures created by heavyweights such as Henri Matisse, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Karel Appel, Lee Krasner and Max Ernst. In celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary, Galen and the Palm Springs Art Museum present Galen at The Galen, giving art buffs an exciting opportunity to see the multimedia collection for themselves. Runs through Friday, Jan. 31. Open Tuesday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; closed Monday. General admission: $12.50; Seniors: $10.50; Students: $5; Members and Children (under 12): free. Admission is free every Thursday, 4 – 8 p.m.; on the second Sunday of every month; for active military duty personnel; and or AAM, NARM and WMA members (must show I.D.). 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.

November 20 marks the start of San Luis Obispo’s Craftart Market 2013, now in its 26th year. Get all of your holiday shopping done while supporting local artisans at the high-end market open until New Year’s Eve, transformed from its usual Nybak Wing setting. These handmade treasures include home decor, ceramics, textiles, fine jewelry, ornaments and other delightful trinkets. Runs through December 31. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. General admission is free (donations welcome). San Luis Obispo’s Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

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