Category Archives: Art Events in Los Angeles

Art openings, trade shows, and lectures in Los Angeles

Gaetano Pesce Retrospective: Pieces From A Larger Puzzle

Throughout the years Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has offered various works by Gaetano Pesce in many important modern auctions. It is therefore appropriate that LAMA is a co-sponsor in the upcoming “Pieces From A Larger Puzzle”, Gaetano Pesce’s first solo West coast exhibition. As co-curator of the upcoming retrospective of the architect-artist-designer Gaetano Pesce, Peter Loughrey has brought together a survey of objects including prototypes, productions models, video and audio, which have spanned across Pesce’s award-winning career.

“Pieces From A Larger Puzzle” will open on July 7th at 8:30 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) of Los Angeles. Preceding the private opening will be a one-hour free-to-the-public lecture at 7:00 p.m. by Gaetano Pesce at the Hammer Museum. The lecture is free, but tickets are required and are available at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis.

Gaetano Pesce: Pieces From A Larger Puzzle will be open from July 8 – August 31, 2010
Free and open to the public
1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

LACMA at the Schindler Buck House Celebrating California Modern Design

Two nights ago some of LA’s most passionate and focused modernist enthusiasts got together at the Schindler Buck House to raise funds for the upcoming LACMA exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” opening on October 1, 2011. Amongst the group was our very own Peter Loughrey, who also is on the board of LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design Council. Peter gave his insight on the market and historical values of these pieces, and thoughts on why it is so important to have these pieces in LACMA’s permanent collection. Wendy Kaplan, Curator and Department Head of Decorative Arts and Design, and Museum Director Michael Govan, want this upcoming exhibit to be the best and most extensive resource of California Modern Design, and to have these influential pieces stay put in LA County to flourish as a destination collection for years to come.

If you are interested in contributing to making this exhibit part of LACMA’s permanent collection, please contact Peter Loughrey at

For more details on the LACMA event that ensued at the Schindler Buck House click here.

LAMA at the Skirball Center: Jews on Vinyl

What do Bagels and BongosIsraeli Disco Fever, and When You are in Love, The Whole World Is Jewish have in common? These are just a few of the vintage record albums featured in the exhibition Jews on Vinyl, on view at the Skirball Cultural Center from May 12 through September 5, 2010. Spanning the history of Jewish recorded music from the 1940s to the 1980s, the exhibition illuminates twentieth-century American Jewish life by unearthing the long-playing (LP) 33 rpm records most of us have long abandoned.

Visitors to Jews on Vinyl will lounge in a 1950s suburban living room environment, featuring furniture generously provided by Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), while examining abundant examples of album cover art and tuning into tracks from such LPs as Batman and Rubin, Chubby Checker’s Hava Nagilah Twist, and the Barry Sisters’ fantasy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid speaking Yiddish.

Bagels and Bongos, Irving Fields Trio, Decca, 1959. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.

Shalom, The Barry Sisters, Roulette, 1962. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.

Batman and Rubin, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi Mercury, 1967. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.

“This exhibition is a natural for us,” remarks Skirball Museum Director Robert Kirschner. “The story of twentieth-century American Jews touches on themes of immigrant assimilation and the open exchange of ideas between communities. In Jews on Vinyl, we see—and hear—the influence of Jewish tradition on pop culture and the many ways in which American culture has touched the Jewish people. It is sure to entertain and educate.”

There will also be two listening parties this summer, one coming up this Thursday June 3rd titled: Go Down, Moses.  At this outdoor listening and dance party highlighting the complex musical relationship between Jews and African Americans, the focus will be on African American artists singing Jewish songs, including Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, and Lena Horne. The exhibition will be open for viewing until 9:30 p.m. (Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.)

The second listening party is titled: Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos. Participants at this outdoor listening and dance party will hear and gain insight into Latin-Jewish songs, including Yiddish mambos, Fiddler on the Roof charangas, and salsa and jazz arrangements of “Hava Nagila.” The exhibition will be open for viewing until 9:30 p.m.( (Thursday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.)

We are so excited to be a part of this amazing exhibit. Here are some photos of Peter enjoying the music and the modern atmosphere.

For more information on this special exhibit please go to the Skirball Cultural Center website.

LAMA at the Los Angeles Modernism Show

It’s official. Peter has surprised us again!  I must say the concrete and rebar, punk interpretations of the Le Corbusier Grand Confort Lounge Chair did receive an ample amount of attention last night. They look like they would be uncomfortable, but surprisingly they are quite nice! If you doubt me, you must stop by the booth and try them out for yourself. The show lasts today until 7pm and is open from 11am – 5pm tomorrow. Don’t forget, the offer still stands, if you mention this post you can pick up an early copy of the catalogue for only $10 (originally they are $35)!  Here are some photos of the booth:

Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale 2010

This weekend LA Modern will be back at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar for the 2010 Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale! This show is sure to promise a great assortment of 20th century offerings from exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe. Tonight is the opening gala, which will kick off the show, which takes place on Saturday (11am – 7pm) and Sunday (11am – 5pm). Peter is bringing a whole separate group of material, and this time he is really kicking into high-gear MODERN! Peter will be premiering the May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction catalogue at the event, so be sure to swing by to get an early copy! Mention you read this post and receive a catalogue for a super low price of $10 (originally they are $35)!!!

For more information on the show please click here.

It’s Saturday and LA Modern is at the Los Angeles Antiques Show

Here are a few more pictures of the LA Modern booth. So many interesting people have stopped by!

Tom Wesselman "Tiny Dropped Bra" (three separate examples), Charles and Ray Eames Giant House of Cards

John Nyquist pair of armchairs, walnut with black leather and Pablo Picasso ceramics

John Nyquist Wardrobe cabinet, rosewood and teak

Go to the Los Angeles Antiques Show this weekend!

You won’t be disappointed.

Hours: Saturday (11am – 7pm), Sunday (11am – 5pm)

Santa Monica Airport, Barker Hangar

Peter and Shannon Loughrey, LA Modern Booth at the LA Antiques Show

LA Modern at the Los Angeles Antiques Show Opening Gala

Last night was the official opening of the Los Angeles Antiques Show at the Santa Monica Airport, Barker Hangar, which will is open today (11am – 7pm), Friday (11am – 7pm), Saturday (11am – 7pm)  and Sunday (11am – 5pm)!

As you know from an earlier post, Peter kept the design of his booth very secretive, and I am glad he did because when we showed up to the event, the booth blew us away! The offerings Peter compiled for this show are outstanding: Otto Natzler ceramics (from Otto’s personal collection, which have never been offered on the market), the largest collection of custom-designed John Nyquist furniture known on the market, AND an original Ed Ruscha pastel titled “Preparations”, 1974.

The turnout was equally as impressive and everyone seemed to be having a great time. If you have time today or this weekend, you should definitely stop by the show and see the LA Modern booth. Here are some photos:

Peter Loughrey, LA Modern Booth at the Los Angeles Antiques Show

Assortment of Gertrud & Otto Natzler pieces

Ed Ruscha "Preparations", 1974

Discussion: How Many Billboards?

Last night I went to a discussion lead by five panelists, titled “The Visual Ecology of Advertising and Architecture”, which addressed the ever-consuming nature of billboard advertising in Los Angeles. For those of you who live in LA, or have been back recently, have you noticed the digital billboards (there are about 100 in the city), the ones that change every 8 seconds? That might be a silly question, I mean, how could you not? The fervor that surrounds this steadily-growing issue of billboard growth is also something to take note of, which the MAK Center for Art and Architecture boldly addressed in their latest project: How Many Billboards? This large-scale urban project presents 21 newly commissioned artworks by leading contemporary artists on LA billboards. The 21 billboards around the city exhibit works that are meant to bring us out of our numbness and pull us back to thinking about advertising, shared public space, and the quality of life in the city which we live.  Here are a two billboards, for all 21 click here.

Photo credit: MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House

Photo credit: MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House

The panel last night addressed not so much the art aspect of these billboards, but how billboards fit into city planning and the upcoming “sign district” ordinance which will be voted upon in the next couple of months. What is interesting is that some of the panelists were not opposed to signage or massive billboards, but rather were for finding a compromise and letting communities find their own destinies. One panelist, Bill Roschen, Principal of Roschen van Cleve Architects, spoke of the historical significance of signage, especially in Hollywood and its more defined commercial nature compared to the rest of the areas in LA.  Additionally, Roschen spoke of the Sunset Strip and its concentration of massive signs, one after another, and how this experience is something very specific and defines this area. Roschen brought up an interesting point that architecture makes public space, and in LA that has not always been successful. He noted that in the appropriate places signage has the ability to do space-making, however it is dependent upon being unique and inventive.

Overall the discussion brought up some very thought-provoking questions about shared public space and the role of advertising and billboards in shaping a city. The panel was co-presented by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, and was held at SCI-Arc in Downtown Los Angeles (which is a really great space).

Los Angeles Antiques Show

The 15th annual Los Angeles Antiques Show officially opens Wednesday night with a preview gala and is open to the general public during the day from Thursday through Sunday, April 22 – 25th. The show will take place at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.  Among the 65 exhibitors who will travel across the U.S. and Europe to showcase 17th, 18th, and 19th century pieces, our very own Peter Loughrey will exhibit important 20th century modern art, design and furniture. This show is sure to promise fantastic material and is a must-see art event in the LA area. Peter has kept the design of his booth hush-hush; we are all anticipating what he will unveil! Updates will follow as the show approaches…