LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Four Abstract Classicists gather the works of a formidable quartet: Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, John McLaughlin and Lorser Feitelson. “Abstract classicists,” a term conceived in 1959 by curator Jules Langsner, involve the transitional art period from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art and Minimalism. Get your fix of minimalist-inspired brilliance at LACMA’s Ahmanson building. Runs through Sunday, June 29. Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday,11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed Wednesday. General admission: $15; Seniors and Students: $10; Groups of 10+: $12; Members and Children (under 17): free. Admission is free on second Tuesday of each month and after 3 p.m. for LA county residents Monday through Friday. 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

Get familiar with sustainable living and style when you step into the Eco Bungalow home. Exclusive home tours of the Eco Bungalow, conducted by DESIGNINGreen leader Robin Wilson, will give eco-curious visitors a glimpse into what truly constitutes a chic and environmentally forward home. The smart house boasts reduced toxic waste, made possible by features including a solar power system, water-saving faucets, natural quartz countertops and hypoallergenic bedding. Thursday, January 30, 10 a.m. – 7:40 p.m. Tour for groups of 20 occurs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission is free; pre-registration required for entry. Register online here. Ticket with location details will be sent via email two days prior to event. Beverlywood, Los Angeles.

Courtesy of Hammer Museum

Courtesy of Hammer Museum

When gracing fin-de-siècle art, the female figure embraced a variety of lifestyles. Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914 explores the full spectrum of how (mostly) women in that period lived, told through various art mediums. Social mores ranged from extreme poverty and accompanying drug addictions to the opposite end: economic opulence and leisure activities like drinking tea. The large-scale exhibition of social revolution-influenced art is the first time the Elisabeth Dean Collection has been publicly shown since 1986. Runs through Sunday, May 18. Open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday. General admission: $10; Seniors: $5; UCLA Alumni Association Members with ID, Metro Card Holders: $5; Students, UC faculty and staff, Military and Children (under 17): free.  Admission is free every Thursday for all visitors. 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

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