Category Archives: Art Events in Los Angeles

Art openings, trade shows, and lectures in Los Angeles

Yours Truly, Wendell Castle

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30PM

Pacific Design Center 
Thomas Lavin, Suite B31

As America’s foremost furniture artist, Wendell Castle, turns 80, Thomas Lavin hosts a conversation on collecting Wendell’s pieces sold through showrooms. The father of the art furniture movement himself will travel from the small town of Scottsville in upstate New York where he lives and works to honor us with his presence. Please join us as Wendell; design historian and author Emily Eerdmans, who is writing a book on Wendell’s art furniture; Los Angeles Modern Auctions founder Peter Loughrey; and interior designer Tommy Chambers discuss the collectibility of Wendell Castle Collection furniture.

This conversation is one of many events that will be held at the Pacific Design Center during West Week, the essential industry gathering designed to inspire – with over 60 cutting-edge programs.

For a complete guide to West Week, please click here. 

Panel Discussion

Peter Loughrey of LAMA and Girard O’Brien of Reform will be hosting an artist panel discussion at the Loft at Liz’s this Saturday, March 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

Artists on the panel include:

Jerry Ackerman

Max Finkelstein

Pamela Weir-Quiton

 Max Finkelstein with his sculpture Flight in the LAMA showroom (Oct. 2010)

Event Information:

Saturday, March 3rd

The Loft at Liz’s Antique Hardware
453 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA  90036

California Design Symposium Starts Today

LACMA presents:

New Narratives for “Living in a Modern Way”: California Design at Mid-century

Today marks the first day of the two-day symposium chaired  by California Design co-curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman. This two-day symposium features internationally renowned scholars who examine the exhibition’s themes by presenting detailed case studies and new narratives. The event also includes a session co-sponsored by the College Art Association that explores the interconnected networks of architecture and design in mid-century Los Angeles, with designers Gere Kavanaugh and Lou Danziger (whose work is included in the exhibition) and architect Ray Kappe. An evening keynote panel with artists Jim Isermann, Jorge Pardo, and Pae White considers the impact and legacy of modern California design on contemporary practice.

Presenters include Glenn Adamson, Victoria & Albert Museum; Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York; Monica Penick, University of Wisconsin-Madison; architect Pierluigi Serraino; Andrew Shanken, UC Berkeley; Elizabeth St. George, Bard Graduate Center; Staci Steinberger, LACMA; Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center; Marc Treib, UC Berkeley; Ruth Weisberg, USC; Christopher Wilk, Victoria & Albert Museum; Wim de Wit, Getty Research Institute.

Friday, February 24 | 10 am–5 pm with additional keynote session at 7 pm.
Saturday, February 25 | 9:30 am–5 pm

Two-day pass: $25 general admission; $15 members; free to students with ID and College Art Association members

One-day pass: $15 general admission; $10 members; free to students with
ID and College Art Association members

Tickets 323 857-6010 or purchase online | All symposium tickets include museum general admission

Arcana Is Moving!

Books on the Arts Says Adios to Santa Monica!

As of April 1, 2012, ARCANA will be moving to a new Johnston Marklee-Designed space located in the historic Helms Bakery.

New Address:
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232

Purveyors of fine new, out of print and rare books on photography, art, fashion, design, architecture, and cinema since 1984.  

Lee Kaplan, owner of ARCANA, has impeccable taste for selecting art, architecture, and design books. With so many boutique book stores closing, we are happy that ARCANA is expanding. Go out and support your local book stores (especially this one)!

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990

Decorative Arts and Design
Council Lecture Series:

Style and Subversion







Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum discusses the V + A’s exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 19701990, the first in-depth survey of the subject.

Brown Auditorium | Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free for DADC members and students with ID | Tickets: 323 857-6528 or

For more information, click here.

Made possible by the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

Image: Peter Shire seated in his ‘Bone Air’ chair, 1985.
Photograph by Kevin LaTona.

Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

Please join us
to help save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden


January 31, 2012
5-7 p.m.

Community Magnet School

11301 Bellagio Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Garden lovers, neighbors, and the interested public are invited to a meeting in Bel-Air on Tuesday evening, January 31, to discuss the future of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. UCLA has announced plans to sell the garden, and challenged the community to help identify a buyer who will maintain it and keep it open to the public. The Garden Conservancy, a national garden preservation group, has joined the Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, the California Garden and Landscape History Society, and concerned individuals to gather public interest and support to save the garden.

Kendall Brown, noted authority on Japanese gardens in America, will discuss the history and significance of the garden at this gathering. We have invited UCLA officials to join us and share their perspective. We welcome your ideas and help in saving this garden treasure.

Please RSVP to Paulette DuBey at the Bel-Air Association
Telephone 310-474-3527

Parking is limited; please carpool.

Questions or suggestions:

For more information, please see the Garden Conservancy website, the Los Angeles Conservancy website, a Los Angeles Times article from this past Sunday, January 22, and a Los Angeles Times editorial from the same date.

– The Garden Conservancy


(PST Inspired)

With Reverence to
Pacific Standard Time

Hosted by
The Loft at Liz’s

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) and Reform collaborate to present a show of legendary living Artists and Craftspeople from the California PST era.

Open Reception is Saturday January 28th, from 7-10pm

Show Dates:  January 28th – March 20th, 2012

The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Ave.; LA, CA 90036


John Kapel
Garry Knox Bennett
Pamela Weir-Quiton
Jerome & Evelyn Ackerman
John Nyquist
Charles Arnoldi
Ed Ruscha  
John Baldessari  
Max Finkelstein