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Art openings, trade shows, and lectures in Los Angeles

Neutra Architectural Firm’s 85th Anniversary

April 8th, 9th and 10th will see a  celebration of the Neutra Architectural firm’s 85th year in practice, and also Richard Neutra’s 119th birthday, which is Friday, April 8th. The City plans a ‘Neutra Practice 85th Anniversary Weekend in L.A’ for April 8-10, 2011.

The Neutra Institute is projecting the three-day celebration to start with a birthday dinner on Friday, April 8, served at the Eagle Rock Park Clubhouse, designed by the firm in 1954, and on which son and Partner, Dion Neutra, FISD, AIA, served as project architect. The weekend will also mark the 57th anniversary of the completion of this building, now a City Cultural Monument.  It is located at 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, off the Figueroa Exit of the 134.

Reserve your tickets here!

Schedule of events listed below:

7:00 – 10:00 PM
Richard Neutra’s 119th Birthday – $60
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

10:00 – 12:00 PM
Discussion // Video presentation Featuring:
Eric Lloyd Wright, Emily Ain, Eames Demetrios, Nathaniel Kahn – $25
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

2B. 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Prizes for oldest, furthest traveled, etc.
Auction of Neutra drawings – $25
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

2C. 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Celebrating 57 years of service this year, most recently as a City Monument.
Also Firm’s 85th Year in Practice – $15
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

7:00 – 9:30 PM
Talks Refreshments – Benefit
VDL II Silver Lake – $75

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Comprehensive Neutra Interiors Tour: 10 sites – $85



Sunday April 10, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Lovell Health House Tour
4616 Dundee Dr., Los Feliz
$25 / person
Self driven : park down or down from cul-de-sac

Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr., Eagle Rock
Exterior only // Closed Sundays // Self Driven
134 to or from Pasadena
exit at Figueroa
Park either in lot or along street


Siglo MODERNO Now Open

The Siglo MODERNO showroom just opened this past  Monday on Melrose Avenue.

A brand that prides itself with carrying the best of iconic vintage designs, contemporary designs, as well as their very own in-house furniture collection, The S+M Collection, Siglo MODERNO brings together design of the past, present, and future to converge into timeless luxury.

For more information and a listing of designs and furniture for sale, please visit the Siglo MODERNO website.

Opening: Julie Wearing Gallery Sale

LAMA’s very own Julie Wearing, you may know her by her lovely British accent, will be having a collaborative gallery sale of her own work at the Malibu Country Mart, which officially opens tomorrow, December 11th from 2 – 6pm.

Julie Wearing was born and educated in England, where she majored in English and Art at college with the aim of teaching, but instead decided traveling with her partner would be much more of a learning experience, which led her to fashion design.

When her first child was born she moved back to England and ran art workshops for primary school children and the Brighton Festival. Julie’s first foray with clay was at 4-years-old, and during this time in England she drifted occasionally to the medium.

After moving back to Los Angeles 10 years ago she started taking workshops and bought her first raku kiln, which led her back to her love for playing with mud and Julie hasn’t looked back since.

Julie’s work, along with the work of  Tyler Burton and Gale McCall, will be at the Country Mart in Malibu from December 10 – 24th, so make sure you stop soon to purchase their hand-crafted works.

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday; 12pm – 6pm, or by appointment: 310-488-9766
Gallery Location: 23410 Civic Center Way , Malibu

Tom Marioni, Ed Ruscha and Beer

Last night we attended Tom Marioni’s on-going installation at the Hammer Museum, Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art (1970).  Rather than focusing on Object as art, Marioni probes Action (and its evidence) as art by bringing together specific music, furniture, lighting, people and general ambiance to create an environment he feels is appropriate for an art experience.  This was not just another art reception, we were actually the art participating in a planned space acting as we pleased.

As we walked into the installation we were greeted by two wall drawings, a bar, shelves of beer, and of course Ed Ruscha (who was tending bar). We approached the bar and Ed Ruscha asked us what we would like to drink. I guess that was a silly question and hilarious in the fact that he opened a refrigerator full of only Pacifico beer. The bar-back happened to mention that Ruscha use to only drink Anchor Steam, but made a switch to Pacifico because it’s lighter in taste and he loves the label.

At first I will say, we felt a little awkward. We were at the Hammer Museum, so we naturally were expecting to look at something and read about it, but there were only two wall drawings and a TV with a static depiction of a gurgling beer, and of course Ed Ruscha hamming it up at the bar.  Talking with our friends and strangers quickly felt ironic. Cameras and video cameras were documenting our every move. But the ice broke quickly when Tom Marioni stood upon a soapbox and played a pre-recorded trumpet announcement into the microphone. Laughter. A series of  jokes and quotes then followed:

“Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin

“Why is abbreviation such a long word?”

“Amateurs borrow, professionals steal” – Pablo Picasso

After ten minutes of jokes (he did ask us to tell him when his ten minutes were up), everyone seemed to have forgotten where we were and began to really let loose. I finally sat down, talked to new people and forgot about the cameras. As I talked to friends while Frank Sinatra played in the background with a Pacifico in my hand, I could not help but to be at ease.

The installation runs from August 28 – October 3, 2010. For more information please visit the Hammer Museum website.

Gaetano Pesce Exhibition in the Press

Days after the opening of “Gaetano Pesce: Pieces of a Larger Puzzle” there has already been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the exhibit… Check out articles on:

Gaetano Pesce Lecture and Exhibit Opening

“The future is the time of originals.” – Gaetano Pesce

Last night marked the official debut of Gaetano Pesce: Pieces from a Larger Puzzle. Pesce himself flew over from Italy to lecture at the Hammer Museum, commenting on his previous works and noting his own perspectives on the future and humanity.

Pesce began by blatantly stating that his lecture will be short for two reasons: one, he knows his own work, and two, his work is of the past. What is interesting is Pesce’s take on time, his outlook on the future. As the lecture proceeded he intertwined the concept of time and moving forward and using design as a catalyst to do so.

As Pesce flipped through numerous images on a projector, he briefly commented on each piece giving an explanation of material and concept. The first object he noted was the “Up5” and “Up6”, also known as the “Donna” Chair. Pesce designed this chair when he was 28-years-old with the thought that women have been historically and presently mistreated, and through this chair he interpreted the life of woman as a prisoner, a “ball and chain”.  This chair is his political statement, “I believe the future is feminine,” Pesce clearly stated, advocating that we help elevate women to administrative status.

Flipping through more photos of chairs, Pesce discussed another concept, “If people are different, than objects have to be different.”  Each chair was similar, but the distinct differences are what make each chair unique;  it is good to be unified, but important to maintain differences.

Material and medium are also important in Pesce’s designs. The morphed, dripping vases made of resin are his solutions to the tragedy of a traditional material: glass. These vases, if dropped from a tall building will jump and bounce, not crack and break. This, Pesce said, is the progress of material, an intelligent material.

Pesce’s latest endeavor is his collaboration with the eco-shoe brand Melissa to design a new line of shoes. The Fontessa Shoes are made of resin and are customizable to the liking of the consumer. Instead of creating passive buyers, Pesce wants to stir creativity and expression, again staying true to his mantra of maintaining uniqueness amongst rooted similarity.

Following the inspiring lecture, we made our way over to the Italian Cultural Institute for the exhibit opening. Francesca Valente, the Institute’s director, presented Pesce with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and outstanding achievements in design. Vittorio Sgarbi, noted Italian art critic, who also flew from Rome to comment on this momentous occasion.

Over 200 people packed the Institute and experienced the show with prosciutto and limoncello in hand. The intimate exhibit, thoughtfully curated by Peter Loughrey and John Geresi, showcased a survey of chairs, couches, vases, jewelry, plates, bowls, tables, and even audio and video.

For more information on exhibit times and location please visit the exhibit website.

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