December 1, 2012 to January 27, 2013
LOST (in LA) celebrated the “lost” history of radical creative dialogue between France and Los Angeles. The exhibition sought to make an important contribution to the current re-birth of L.A. as an international arts capital. Accompanied by innovative education and outreach activities, LOST (in LA) aimed to inspire a new generation of Angelenos to rediscover the vibrant multicultural patrimony of their city through the eyes of a select group of artists who are on the leading edge of the contemporary art community in France and the United States.
Through LOST (in LA), FLAX and the Department of Cultural Affairs invited every member of the diverse and complex local community—from artists and musicians in Los Feliz, to creative professionals in Hollywood, to children, teens and families in neighboring schools, and community centers—to experience artworks of internationally-recognized artists in their own backyard. The project sought to engage the entire city in the resurgence of Barnsdall Art Park, transforming the site into the artistic retreat and cultural beacon that it was always meant to be. With artists at the forefront, FLAX and its partners promoted this spirit of cultural exchange, creativity, and discovery of the city’s most valuable cultural, social, and economic resources.
Stephan Balkenhol, Michel Blazy, André Breton, Valentin Carron, Guy de Cointet, Philippe Decrauzat, Bertrand Dezoteux, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Vincent Ganivet, Piero Golia, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Fabrice Hyber, Nathan Hylden, Robert Kinmont, Vincent Lamouroux, Laurent Le Deunff, René Magritte, Man Ray, Tony Matelli, Philippe Mayaux, Mathieu Mercier, Laurent Montaron, Julien Prévieux, Jim Shaw, Alexandre Singh, Tatiana Trouvé, Oscar Tuazon, Jean-Luc Verna, Robert Watts, and Marnie Weber
LOST (in LA) was curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler.
Presented by France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX)
September 30 to October 28, 2012
VISUAL ARTIST FELLOWS
Mark Steven Greenfield
PERFORMANCE ARTISTS FELLOWS
LITERARY ARTIST FELLOWS
Curator: Scott Canty
September 30 to October 28, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2–5 PM
EXHIBITION DATES: June 3 – September 2, 2012
MADE IN L.A. 2012
(In three locations)
Animal Charm, Sarah Cain, Michelle Dizon, Cayetano Ferrer
Simone Forti, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dashiell Manley, Allison Miller, Nicole Miller, Michele O’marah, The Propeller Group, Vincent Ramos, Ry Rocklen, Miljohn Ruperto, Henry Taylor, Brenna Youngblood
At the Hammer Museum:
Scoli Acosta, Kathryn Andrews, Sarah Conaway, Fiona Connor, Kate Costello, Meg Cranston, Nzuji De Magalhães, Roy Dowell, Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, Patricia Fernández, Dan Finsel, Morgan Fisher, Liz Glynn, Mark Hagen, Zach Harris, Channa Horwitz, Pearl C. Hsiung, Vishal Jugdeo, Mimi Lauter, Thomas Lawson, Meleko Mokgosi, Ruby Neri, D’ette Nogle, Alex Olson, Camilo Ontiveros, Joel Otterson, Karthik Pandian, Laura Riboli, Analia Saban, Brian Sharp, Ryan Sluggett, David Snyder, Jill Spector, Koki Tanaka, Caroline Thomas, Cody Trepte, Erika Vogt, Lisa Williamson
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2–5 PM
EXHIBITION DATES: MARCH 8 – MAY 6, 2012
North Gallery | Curator: Scott Canty
Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness
South Gallery | Juried by Jean Stern, Director, Irvine
Group exhibition from the California Art Club
Project Room | Solo exhibition by Lawrence Yun
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present three exhibitions that investigate the way artists in various genres interpret and observe nature. Un-Natural explores the work of four very different contemporary artists—Lisa Adams, Fatemeh Burnes, Merion Estes and Constance Mallinson—who use the world around us to foster a sense of place, explore natural phenomena and its energetic connection to modern life, and push the boundaries and definition of landscape and its representation.
Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness is a group exhibition from the California Art Club, which spotlights the relationships landscape artists have with the natural beauty depicted in their works on canvas. Many of the paintings have been rendered in the California Impressionist style that the organization’s early artists influenced more than a century ago as they painted “en plein air” (“in the open air”). The exhibition also underscores the artists’ desire to bring attention to preservation efforts by creating artwork of scenic vistas that they hope to protect for the enjoyment of future generations.
In the Project Room gallery, Hybrid Romance by Los Angeles artist Lawrence T. Yun presents his latest watercolor series. His work delivers a natural, yet imaginative oddity beneath the surface of his meticulously orchestrated floral compositions.
MARCH 15, 7:00 PM
Lecture: Nature’s Masterpiece: California’s Channel Islands and Marine Sanctuary
Lecture with David C. Gallup, California Art Club Vice President and Signature Artist Member
Conversations with the Artists
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 7:00 PM
California Art Club Artists
Peter Adams, President and Signature Artist Member
David Gallup, Vice President and Signature Artist Member
Lynn Gertenbach, Signature Artist Member
Eric Merrell, Artist Member of the California Art Club
Michael Obermeyer, Signature Artist Member
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2:00 PM
Hybrid Romance discussion with Lawrence Yun
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 7:00 PM
FAMILY ART WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 1- 4:00 PM
Nature and Nurture: Expressing the World Around Us
Drop-in, Free to the public
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | 2:00 – 5:00pm
Exhibition Dates: December 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
Guest curator: Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center showcases the work of the artists, curators, and community activists whose contributions enhanced the culture of our city and helped to define Los Angeles as an international artistic center. Included in the exhibition, which spans close to a century of art history, are more than 130 works by artists who shaped Southern California’s destiny as an art capital.
From its inception by the freethinking Aline Barnsdall, who first brought Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Rudolf Schindler to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park was dedicated to “bringing an enjoyment of art into the reach of every person in the city.” The story of the Municipal Art Gallery is inextricably tied to a complex social history that links the role of civic government to the development of the arts in Los Angeles.
For more than fifty years LAMAG has been the City of Los Angeles’s primary exhibition venue for visual art. Before LACMA and MOCA, the gallery was the only venue in the city that consistently presented the work of emerging local artists. From architectural plans by Frank Lloyd Wright from the 1920s, modernist artworks scrutinized under McCarthyism and early citywide festivals celebrating diverse artists like Karl Benjamin and David Hammons to works by iconic and influential artists like John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Vija Celmins, Guy de Cointet, Llyn Foulkes, Ed Kienholz, Suzanne Lacy, John Mason, John McLaughlin, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Betye Saar, Julius Shulman, and Patssi Valdez, Civic Virtue showcases work by more than fifty creators across eight decades.
Robert Adams, Peter Alexander, Martha Alf, John Altoon, Don Bachardy, Billy Al Bengston, Karl Benjamin, Edward Biberman, William Brice, Morris Broderson, Hans Burkhardt, Vija Celmins, Robert Chuey, Guy de Cointet, Corita (Sister Mary Corita Kent) , Connor Everts, Lorser Feitelson, Judy Fiskin, Llyn Foulkes, Harry Gamboa Jr., Joseph Glasco, Joe Goode, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Maxwell Hendler, Boza Hessova, Utagawa Hiroshige, Ulysses Jenkins, John Paul Jones, Matsumi Kanemitsu, William Kienbush, Edmund Kohn, Helen Lundeberg, John Mason, Norman McLaren, John McLaughlin, Bruce Nauman, Senga Nengudi, Franklin Parker, Seymour Rosen, Betye Saar, Julius Shulman, Edmund Teske, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, DeWain Valentine, Andy Warhol, June Wayne, Rex Whistler, Charles White, Robert Wilhite, Emerson Woelffer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright
Panel Discussion – Civic Virtue: Action and Irony
Sunday, December 18, 2011, 2 p.m.
Moderated by guest curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas, this discussion features three of the most interesting scholars on Los Angeles’ cultural history, Dr. Sarah Schrank, Cal State Long Beach, and Susan D. Anderson, UCLA and essayist D.J. Waldie addressing the question: In Los Angeles, how has the municipal government participated in shaping the cultural image of the metropolis?
Roundtable Discussion – Civic Virtue: Working Together
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2 p.m.
Moderated by art critic and writer Suzanne Muchnic, this discussion centers around Josine Ianco Starrels, curator and former director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in conversation with artists whose work she supported during her years at LAMAG including Betye Saar, Harry Gamboa Jr., Don Bachardy, Sarah Perry and Connie Jenkins.
Free Family Art Workshop: – Cool School L.A.
Saturday, January 21st, 1-3 p.m.
Families will learn about the “Cool School” modern art movement of the late 1950s-1960s where artists used both traditional and industrial media in unexpected ways. Families will create their own “Cool School” works of art using a variety of exciting materials.
Public Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Special Evening Hours 5 to 9 PM: December 22 and 29; January 5 and 19; and February 2
Exhibition dates: October 13 – November 13, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 16, 2–5 PM
Sushi provided by Chef Mako Iwai
Presented in conjunction with Lantern of the East
Featured Artists: Tadashi Hayakawa, Kye Song Lee, Chiyomi Longo, Michael Moon, Hideo Sakata and Diana Shui-iu Wong
Juried Artists: Renee Amitai, Vera Armand, Vera Arutyunyan, Lisa Calzavara, Gayle Crites, Diane Destiny, Debra Dobkin, Merrilyn Duzy, Evette Goldstein,Tak Itomi, David Jang, Annelise Jarvis-Hansen, Lee Jordan, Susan Karhroody, Nancy Kniese, Theresa Lugo, Lisa Mallory, Miguel Angel Mauricio, Hiroko Momii, Emi Motokawa Sonksen, Barbara Nathanson, Rodolfe Samonte, Razmik Samvelts, Cindy Slater, Norma Jean Squires, Kathleen Umemoto, Nancy Uyemura, Vladimir Voronin, Barbara Wilson, Janice Wright and Jeanne Zinniker. Jurors: Scott Canty, Peter Frank, and Hideo Sakata
Lantern of the East Events:
October 13 to 15 / 10 AM-4 PM
Free Art Camp for Children
On the grass outside the gallery. Each day of Art Camp, a group of international professional artists will teach art techniques to children.
October 22 / 2-4 PM
Japanese Tea Ceremony by Nobuko Iinuma
Music provided by Yoko Awaya and Shikai Kouzan
October 29 / 1-3 PM
Nuclear Symposium: Safe, Green and Too Cheap to Meter? The Truth About Nuclear Power
Speaker: Bill Nelson, Scientist/Engineer from Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Piano music provided by Dohi Akiko and Taiko Drums arranged by Richard Fukuhara
Lantern of the East, Los Angeles (LELA) is a distinctive arts organization with deep roots in the countries of the Pacific Rim and a rich history of uniting visual artists in the production of exhibitions, workshops, performances and special events.
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, July 24 | 2 – 5 PM
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates (LAMAGA) are pleased to invite you to experience Open Call L.A. 2011. A tradition going back more than forty years, Open Call offers artists throughout the area—from established names to unknown amateurs—the opportunity to show new works of art in all medias.
The winner of the LAMAGA Best of Show Award will receive ($500) and ten other awards of $100 each will be announced at 3 PM. Jurors for the Awards are Noel Korten artist/curator ; Felicia Filer, Director of Public Arts for the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, Gallery Programs Manager for The Armory Center for the Arts. Beginning and seasoned collectors take note: All works in the exhibition are for Sale.
Reception: Sunday, May 22, 2 – 5pm
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has awarded its 2011 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships to twelve exemplary mid-career international artists. The professional and artistic caliber of these 12 Fellows is the reason why C.O.L.A. is an internationally recognized program.
The exhibition opens on May 19, 2011 and remains on view through July 3, 2011. In addition, LAMAG will present Conversations with the Artists, a dialogue series with ten of the visual arts Fellows. Admission to all the events is free.
The 2011 C.O.L.A. award recipients in the visual arts are: Anna Boyiazis, Heather Carson, Carolyn Castaño, Tony de los Reyes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Soo Kim, Yong Soon Min, Danial Nord, Dont Rhine, and Mark Dean Veca.
Conversations with the Artists include:
Friday, June 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Yong Soon Min, Tony de los Reyes, Carolyn Castaño
Friday, June 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Mark Dean Veca, Ken Gonzales-Day, Heather Carson
Saturday, June 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Nuttaphol Ma (2011 Feitelson Arts Fellowship), Danial Nord, Anna Boyiazis
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Solo performance by Dont Rhine
LORSER FEITELSON & HELEN LUNDEBERG FEITLSON ARTS FELLOWSHIP AWARD
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates (LAMAGA) are pleased to announce the winner of the Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Fellowship award—Nuttaphol Ma. MA’s video work, Born by the River, will be on view concurrent with the 2011 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artists Fellowship exhibition opening May 19 and running through July 3, 2011.
Ma was born in Bangkok, Thailand and received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2009. Of living and making work in Los Angeles he says:
The city provides a rich cultural vibrancy. It is a place of shifting social landscapes historically driven by waves upon waves of immigrants settling in various parts of the city. As a result, the uses, the social interactions, the urban landscapes of the city re-aligns into something new. The web of these continuous changes offers a space for contemplation. I critically think about these changes – how they affect and shape our cultural identities at the price of dislocation, loss, longing and memory.
FRAMING ABSTRACTION: MARK, SYMBOL, SIGNIFIER
February 27 – April 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 27, 2- 5 pm.
Hosted by LAMAGA
ARTISTS: Lita Albuquerque, Jordi Alcaraz, Gary Edward Blum, Hans Burkhardt, Meg Cranston, Claire Cregan, Mark Harrington, James Hayward, Charles Christopher Hill, Kevan Jenson, Naomie Kremer, Manfred Müller
GUEST CURATORS: Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue and Peter Selz
Abstract form always existed. Prehistoric cave art, ancient art, medieval art and modern art used abstraction right alongside stunning verisimilitude in smart, deliberate ways. Western cultures equated the ability to duplicate the world with the highest standard of art skill, until the camera. Machines that in a click captured the real—as well as contact with artifacts of colonialism—led artists to re-imagine uses and meanings for abstraction: universal communication, theosophy, primal expression, the inner structure of objective reality, and to signify creative ‘free will’ in contrast to lock-step formulas of social realism. Art history attributes the first abstraction to Kandinsky’s Improvisation of 1911. Oddly enough, non figurative forms in that work repeat similar shapes in the oldest known caves in Marseilles—and these potent marks sit comfortably beside images of lions so real they rend the heart. It’s fitting that one hundred years later we reconsider what abstraction means today, its legacy and longevity, how and why it is used. More fitting still is that we do this through works and words of artists who deploy that language now, each in very different but ever viable ways.
This exhibition, Framing Abstraction, is meant to celebrate the centennial of abstract painting. Abstract art has evolved from its original spiritual and utopian stance in the early 20th century to an art which was seen as radical-avant-garde, and on to its present vibrant position. Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist’s rational mind into dynamic metaphors.
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS
A program designed as a series of talks with a selected artists and guest curators giving audiences the opportunity to engage directly with featured individuals in an informal setting.
Friday, March 4, 7 pm | Mark Harrington and Manfred Muller in a Q and A with Curator
Saturday, March 26, 2 pm | Kevan Jenson and Jack Rutberg, director of Jack Rutberg Gallery, speaking for Jordi Alcaraz and Hans Burkhardt
Friday, April 1, 7 pm | Meg Cranston and Claire Cregan in a Q and A with Curator Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue
Saturday, April 16, 2 pm | Lita Albuquerque, Charles Christopher Hill and Gary Edward Blum
In the Project Room
March 3 – April 24, 2011
Welsh celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones captures creative personalities in poses that surprise, delight, and go against type. In order that visitors can closely connect with each image, Cambridge asked each of his subjects to deliver a short audio message. Accompanying each image is a spontaneous answer to the question he posed at the end of each shoot: “Tell me who or what inspired you.”
Sir Anthony Hopkins, Michael Sheen, Bryn Terfel, Terry Jones, Rhys Ifans, Stereophonics, Jonathan Pryce, Damian Lewis and Shirley Bassey
October 28 – January 9, 2011
RECEPTION: Sunday, November 7, 2 – 5 pm
Hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates
Maddy Le Mel
CURATOR: Scott Canty
DCA Slide Registry Membership exhibition
Sophia Allison, Jenny E. Balisle, Fegie Barkan, Teri Dryden, Kathi Flood, Tm Gratkowski, Betty Green, Jennifer Gunlock, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, J.J. L’Heureux, Kristen Neveu, Nancy Lissaman, Thibault Pelletier, Roxene Rockwell, Launa D. Romoff, Gwen Samuels, Cory Sewelson, Karen Sikie, and Barbara Tabachnick
CURATOR: Mary Oliver
ARA OSHAGAN – FATHER LAND
Text by Vahe Oshagan, photographs by Ara Oshagan
Father Land is a collaboration of Vahe and Ara Oshagan, father and son, evoking the multi-millennial Armenian political and cultural territory of Karabagh, its people, land and spirit
CURATOR: Sara Cannon
CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS:
Saturday, October 30, 2 pm
Friday, November 5, 7 pm
Friday, November 19, 2 pm.
Saturday, December 4, 2 pm.
Friday, January 7, 7 pm
Thursday – Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm.
First Friday of the month 12 noon – 9 pm.