The Agenda: A+D Museum’s Celebrate Gala, Tattoo Exhibit, and NoMad L.A.Author:Allison McCarthy
Housed in the former Bank of Italy, the West Coast’s very own NoMad stays true to the opulent luxury of its East Coast predecessor. Deep-hued velvet, blue-and-gold coffered ceilings, and intricately carved entry doors—these are just a few of the thoughtfully curated design details by renowned French decorator Jacques Garcia that make a getaway here worth the splurge. A robust art program, compliments of Parisian design studio Be-Poles, plays out as a series of unique works in each guest room. And a custom dinnerware line for the hotel’s restaurant by product designer and ceramist Jono Pandolfi is evidence of a truly unique experience.
When: Now accepting reservations
Where: Giannini Place, 649 S. Olive and 7th St., Los Angeles
As part of its yearlong centennial celebration, the Laguna Art Museum presents this documentary feature by filmmaker Dale Schierholt. The documentary film honors the town that some say was founded by artists and will chronicle the museum’s history—from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art.
When: 7 p.m., Thurs. 4/19
Where: Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach
Show your support for progressive architecture and design by attending this year’s Celebrate gala at the A+D Museum. The theme—identity—honors individuality, which is paramount to the future-thinking ideas of this field. The gala pays special tribute to the diverse ideas and identities that play out in engineered spaces and places. There’s also a runway show featuring the work of legendary designer MarcoMarco, who has designed an exclusive collection inspired by the architecture and design of L.A. Get your tickets now.
When: 7 – 10 p.m., Sat. 5/12
Where: A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles
In the age of image manipulation and retouching, it’s hard to imagine photography without Photoshop. But that’s exactly the kind of work that Oakland-based Terri Lowenthal has produced for this solo show at CULT. Using only a medium-format camera, filters, and reflective devices, she captures psychedelic California landscapes that awe and inspire. Lowenthal calls these creations “in-camera collages” that verge on the sublime. Each piece simultaneously references the environmental utopias made famous by the likes of Ansel Adams and Ed Weston while also calling attention to the threat that the natural world faces today.
When: Through Sat., 4/21
Where: CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, 1217B Fell St., San Francisco
From ceremonial art form to today’s tools of the trade, this traveling exhibit takes an exciting look at the history of body art. Featuring more than 230 images and objects, you’ll find everything from artifacts like cactus spines and citrus thorns to intricate designs tattooed onto silicone models. The show dives into body art as both a spiritual practice and sense of identity, presenting examples of Ainu in Japan, New Zealand’s Maori tradition, and contemporary works from China. But the coolest part? The onsite tattoo parlor offering live demos and appointments with L.A. artists.
When: Through Sun. 4/15
Where: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 W. Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles
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