LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


In her latest collection, Los Angeles resident and long-time activist Tanya Aguiñiga draws inspiration from a textile known for its practicality: gauze, or cheesecloth. According to Aguiñiga, the material not only serves basic needs, but also possesses a malleable delicacy and flexibility. Experience how she explores these characteristics through Tanya Aguiñiga: Fiber Elements, on display at The Landing (within Reform Gallery). Transformed into fine metal-embellished wall hangings and collagraph prints, gauze abandons its outwardly simple aesthetic. Runs through Saturday, February 1. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed on Sunday. General admission is free. 6819 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles.

To those who have procrastinated on holiday shopping, breathe out a sigh of relief — the can’t-miss Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles on December 14 and 15 for its 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market. Support small businesses and DIY-enthusiasts who are well-deserving of your business at the finely curated, indie-craft marketplace. Free screen painting demos, a photo booth, food trucks and a refreshment bar will also add to the fun. We’ll be where the vintage textiles, succulent nurseries and rustic lighting pendants are! Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission is free. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles.

Take a history lesson on the enormously influential Frida Kahlo by visiting The Complete Frida Kahlo Exhibition in San Diego. Only 40 of 134 authentic and known paintings by the artist/social activist can be shown at a single exhibition, due to private ownership and strict regulations banning relocation from her Blue House in Mexico. To amend the incomplete understanding that follows a fragmented exhibition, four renowned Chinese artists have replicated all 134 works for a  North American premiere. Prepare to be fully immersed in the rich world of the iconic Kahlo — artwork, jewelry, dresses and photography included. Runs through Sunday, January 19. Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Monday. General admission: $16.50; Seniors, Military, Children (8 years and up) and Students: $14.50; Children (7 years and younger): free. To see a full list of viewing times and to buy tickets online, click here. Tickets also sold at door. NTC at Library Station Barracks 3, 2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego.

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The much-sought after Monterey Furniture line contains 24 high-quality pieces, all embodying Spanish style. A selected number of these are showcased throughout the California Heritage Museum’s rooms as the Monterey: Furnishings of California’s Spanish Revival exhibit. History of the line began in 1929, when furniture retailer Barker Brothers initiated a coveted collaboration with the Downtown Los Angeles-based Mason Manufacturing Company. The line’s popularity drove production until 1943, but demand for its pieces continues even today. Runs through end of December. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; last tour at 3:30 p.m. General admission: $8; Seniors and Students: $5; Members and Children (11 years and younger): free. 2612 Main Street, Santa Monica.

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