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Through July 29, Pacific Design Center’s Blue Lobby features three alluring solo sculpture exhibits that pair natural materials with industrial ones: Proposal for New Landscapes by Nobuo Sekine, one of the key founders of Japan’s Mono-ha (“School of Things”) movement and that nods to an overdue exploration of Japanese postwar culture; a retrospective by Italian architect/designer Antonio Pio Saracino and Lautner Beams by LA-based Matt Johnson, featuring metaphysical visualizations of string theory as re-purposed steel cast-offs from John Lautner’s demolished Shusett House.

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Nobuo Sekine, Installation view of Phase of Nothingness—Black, 1977-1978.
Photo: Joshua White.
Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

The designLAb’s opening event will showcase 16 cutting-edge art, architecture and design, sound and taste exhibitions on view in the Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building Lobby and Second Floor Galleries. MOCA PDC opens the same night with a trailblazing contemporary photography exhibition, Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road.

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Matt Johnson, “Eight” (Lautner Beam / Super String), 2014.
Photo: Joshua White.
Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

The evening’s highlights include several one-night-only performances: Industry Gallery, (recently named in Art + Auction’s Power 100) presents Steve Boyer’s Tasting Bar with samplings of exotic, highly-concentrated bitters in the context of his ongoing digital exhibit, Drawing Agents. LA-based artist Steve Roden, who hopscotches between paintings,installations and sound works will create a one- hour live performance beginning at 8 p.m. at Young Projects Gallery. For this special occasion, Roden will perform an improvised sound piece to Stas Orlovski’s animation, Skazka, using a modular synthesizer that incorporates “found” audio materials.

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WHAT: Pacific Design Center 2016 Winter Art Season
WHEN: Friday, January 22 | 5:00 – 9:30 pm
WHERE: 8687 Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood, CA 90069

CONTACT INFO: (310) 657-0800

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REDCAT & SPACE present Abstraction and the Everyday in Latin American Art, which hosts distinguished Latin American artists Emilio Chapela, Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Mariángeles Soto-Díaz in conversation and moderated bySPACE Art Collection Chief Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill along with REDCAT Gallery Director and Curator Ruth Estévez.
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This discussion is part of Abstraction in Action, a series of events on the subject of Contemporary Abstraction and its relevance across cultures, focusing in particular on Latin America, created through the SPACE Art Collection, which is housed at newly-debuted SPACE Headquarters in Irvine, California and is an integral division of SPACE, a visionary platform that unites entrepreneurship, art and technology. SPACE Art Collection is the only collection in the United States focused on post 1990s Latin American Abstraction and is committed to inspiring and expanding the understanding of Latin American Abstraction within the global context.

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WHAT: REDCAT & SPACE present Abstraction
WHEN: November 17, 2015 | 8:30 pm
WHERE: 631 West 2nd Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012

DETAILS: 

CONTACT INFO: (213) 237-2800

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As part of designLAb, Pacific Design Center’s nationally recognized arts program, PDC is will be debuting a permanent installation from French artist Xavier Veilhan, on view from June 12 onwards. The monumental mobile, titled “Mobile n°3 (Music),” composed of thirty floating spheres can be viewed from two levels within PDC’s Green Building to embrace the artistic language of architect Cesar Pelli’s landmark work. Now showcased permanently at Pacific Design Center, “Mobile n°3 (Music)” debuted this spring at Galerie Perrotin, in a double exhibition held simultaneously in the gallery’s New York and Paris locations.

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One of the leading artists of his generation, Veilhan has developed a multi-form approach to sculpture, painting, performance, video and photography and is best known for his large-scale installations. Pacific Design Center’s owner and real estate mogul, Charles S Cohen, has multiple pieces in his personal collection and deems Veilhan a modern-day Calder. Veilhan gained international recognition with his 2009 exhibition at Chateau de Versailles in France. Recent projects in the U.S. include site-specific exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2012-2013 (Sheats-Goldstein Residence, Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House in Silver Lake, Case Study House no.21), “Jean-Marc” (2012) an outdoor work installed in midtown Manhattan and “Le Corbusier” (2013), a large-scale bust of the architect now permanently installed in Miami’s Design District. The Veilhan mobile joins other permanent installations at the PDC that include commissioned works by Erwin Redl, Gerardo Hacer and Antonio Pio Saracino, which are located in the Red Building.

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WHAT: Pacific Design Center Presents: Mobile n°3 (Music)
WHEN: June 12, 2015 onwards 
WHERE: Pacific Design Center | 8687 Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Pacific Design Center kicks off its 40th anniversary with a vibrant Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2015 Spring Market –the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design — 2015 line-up. For two days more than 30 celebrated design thought-leaders, 15 media / industry partners and nearly 100 programs, events, keynotes and product introductions energize PDC’s Spring Market and Anniversary Year.

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The two-day event provides a comprehensive series of informative presentations and engaging events. The 2015 year also commemorates PDC’s four decades ofdesign leadership, serving as an iconic architectural landmark anchoring L.A.’s historic design district. A global audience —last year saw nearly 20,000 attendees— will discover nearly 100 showroom programs, open houses, receptions, new line introductions and top-notch educational programming delivered by the industry’s most celebrated A&D authorities including Alexa Hampton, David Hertz, India Hicks, Dakota Jackson, Suzanne Kasler, Christopher Kennedy, Richard Landry and Mary McDonald  in conversation with editors from the nation’s leading publications.

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PDC’s growing cultural campus includes a robust arts program headlined by designLAb (owner and visionary Charles Cohen’s national arts program), which celebrates WESTWEEK with a site-specific commissioned installation by 2J that considers the history of Cesar Pelli/Gruen Associates’ groundbreaking vision for the PDC. Other Lobby exhibits include works by Won Ju Lim and Kenny Scharf’s Daisymobile (1975/2014). The public are invited to a reception on March 24, from 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm to view the galleries.

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WHAT: Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2015 Spring Market
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE: 8687 Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood, CA 90069

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The Watts Towers

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The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”), are within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park, in the Watts community of Los Angeles. They are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures, the tallest reaching a height of over 99 feet.

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The towers and walls were designed and built by Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia (1879-1965), over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art, vernacular architecture and Italian-American naïve art.

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The towers were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.

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WHAT: The Watts Towers
WHEN: Open daily – except closed to the public Monday and Tuesday, but Towers Structure can still be viewed as the structure is outdoors.
WHERE: 1727 East 107th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90002

DETAILS: 

  • Tours: Thursday, Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
  • Admission: Adult $7, Seniors and Children 13 – 17 $3, Children 12 and under Free

CONTACT INFO: (213) 847-4646

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The Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery located in North Hollywood has a special section called the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation that is the final resting place for a number of aviation pioneers — barnstormers, daredevils, and sundry architects of aviation. There is a memorial to Amelia Earhart and others, honoring their accomplishments.

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Valhalla was founded in 1923 by two Los Angeles financiers, John R. Osborne and C. C. Fitzpatrick. The Spanish Mission Revival entrance structure was designed by architect Kenneth McDonald Jr. For the decorative stone castings, McDonald hired Italian-born sculptor Federico A. Giorgi, who had created 30-foot-tall statues of elephants and lions for the 1917 epic film Intolerance and crafted the exterior of downtown’s Million Dollar Theater. The gateway to the new cemetery cost $140,000.

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The shrine, with a colorful tile dome and female figures stretching their arms to the heavens, originally was built as an impressive entrance to Valhalla Memorial Park cemetery. It was named for the palace of Odin, the Norse god of slain heroes.

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There are only a handful of celebrities buried here at ValhallaThe most notable is Oliver Hardy, half of the famous comedy team “Laurel & Hardy.” But you can also find Bea Benaderet (1906-1966) here, the actress who played the mother on TV’s “Petticoat Junction.” Cousin Pearl on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and did the voice of Betty Rubble on “The Flintstones.” Her wall crypt is in the Mausoleum of Hope, on the west side of the park. But if you look for her as Bea Benaderet, you probably won’t find her. Her marker reads “Twombly” in large letters at the top, with her name in smaller letters on the left side.

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WHAT: The Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
WHEN: Open year round during the day 
WHERE: 10621 Victory Boulevard | North Hollywood, CA 91606

CONTACT: (818) 763-9121

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Barnsdall Art Park and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery host their first-ever Scotch Tasting and Inspiring Talk with LA-based artist Manfred Müller.

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Manfred Müller (German, born 1950) merges abstraction and social consciousness, two typically divergent themes. The current pairing of exhibitions tell the stories of two locally based artists with “Objects are Closer than They Appear: Recent Works by Manfred Müller,” and “F. Scott Hess Retrospective,” uniting Manfred Müller’s spiritual and somber sculptural works with the visceral and vivid paintings of F. Scott Hess.

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It’s an exciting time for Barnsdall Park with the upcoming public relaunch of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in May and its UNESCO-nominated status. This is a growing LA cultural destination with amazing offerings including a first-rate gallery with a 10,000 square-foot space, an Art Center, and a host of programming. The quality of shows is first-rate and the 10,000 square-foot space serves as LA’s only municipal art gallery, showcasing top quality exhibitions that tell the story of LA-based artists.

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Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project. Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest efforts to develop a regionally appropriate style of architecture for Southern California. Wright himself referred to it as California Romanza, using a musical term meaning “freedom to make one’s own form”.

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Taking advantage of Los Angeles’ dry, temperate climate, Hollyhock House is a remarkable combination of house and gardens. In addition to the central garden court, each major interior space adjoins an equivalent exterior space, connected either by glass doors, a porch, pergola or colonnade. A series of rooftop terraces further extend the living space and provide magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and the Hollywood Hills.

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Selecting a thirty-six acre site known as Olive Hill, client and architect worked together to develop a plan that included a home for Barnsdall and her young daughter, two secondary residences, a theater, a director’s house, a dormitory for actors, studios for artists, shops and a motion picture theater.

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WHAT: Scotch Tasting And Talk 
WHEN: Friday February 28, 2014 | Scotch tasting 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Artist talk 7:00 pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery | 4800 Hollywood Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90027

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (323) 644-6269 or info@barnsdall.org

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