Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics! and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

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Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!

and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)

Exhibition Opens Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

(Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams in SLANG Aesthetics! in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition by guest curators Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. These two exhibitions commemorate the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz magazine, founded by Williams in 1994, and it’s vast influence on several generations of artists.

Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable. A true maverick who sought to create vital work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 60’s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and demotic imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism. In 1994 Williams founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine and created a platform for this young and insurgent energy on the West Coast; a publication that was dedicated to the underground and to its cultural mutineers. Williams, a self described Conceptual Realist, continues to create artworks that elicit a response and offer an opinion. Relying on concrete, and relatable, imagery to invoke ideas and concepts, rather than on the non-comital spasms of abstraction, his work continues to cut, seethe, confront and move. Not for the faint of heart, Williams speaks an unruly truth that captures the dark, the beautiful and the appalling tenor of our modern world. SLANG! Aesthetics is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to debut in Los Angeles in well over a decade, and will feature 25 new oil paintings by the artist alongside a suite of drawings, and a series of large-scale sculptures fabricated with the assistance of Gentle Giant Studios.

In conjunction with Williams’ new exhibition of work, 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz celebrates the publication’s 20th anniversary. What once began as an alternative magazine, Juxtapoz is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics. The magazine has helped to define and bring to light one of the most exciting art movements of our time, an incipient movement in 1994 that has now, finally 20 years later, begun to infiltrate the mainstream art markets and institutions from which it had once been excluded. It is also a movement with a massive fan following that attests to the power, and relevance, of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics. The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

Exhibition Run Dates:
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday

 

Special Events:
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Public First View
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Mr. Bitchin’ film screening
3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Robert Williams Talk
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Curator Talk with JUXTAPOZ Co-Founder
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Family Art Workshop
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Robert Williams Book Signing
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Adult Art Workshop
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Big Read 2015 Free Family Art Workshop
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Winter 2015 Class Schedule!

It’s here it’s here! The 2015 Winter class schedule for Barnsdall Art Center youth and adult art classes. There’s something for everyone, check it out:

Winter Session 2015 is a 10 week session.

Registration begins Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Classes run January 20 – March 23, 2015


Winter 2015 Schedule

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Conference for Community Arts Education

1039633_675700195778588_609105933_oBarnsdall Art Park was happy to host the closing night celebration for the Conference for Community Arts Education organized by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  Conference attendees experienced music and cuisine from around the world while meeting with colleagues and viewing the current exhibitions at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Check out photos from the event on Facebook!

The 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education brought together more than 550 arts education leaders from 300+ organizations nationwide! Together this dynamic learning community of staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists helped to forge the future of arts education in America, while developing new skills and building relationships with top practitioners and experts. Learn more at www.communityartsed.org.

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Exhibition Catalogues Available

IMG_20141107_162146DCA-commissioned exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities, curated by Rijin Sahakian, provides a critical juxtaposition to Doris Duke’s Shangri La through the presentation of contemporary works that produce a multiplicity of worlds, interpretations, and investigations without ignoring the implications of organizing around particular geographic or religious lines. Sahakian, who was born in Baghdad in 1978, was selected by DCA for her intimate knowledge of the contemporary art scene and pioneering work in the Middle East. Ms. Sahakian’s ambitious curatorial project, along with a companion catalogue, explores issues of travel, mobility, and collection making while reflecting on the journeys that inspired and ignited Doris Duke’s Islamic Art collection. The exhibition provides a powerful framework for discussions around the politics of production and acquisition, and the mechanisms of global capital, power, and violence in the circulation and “making of” individual identities and aesthetics. Imagined Cities artists and their respective works will explore these themes through the mediums of video, installation, and photography.

 

Accompanying exhibition catalog, Shangri La: Imagined Cities, available at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for $30. Cash or check only.

 

IMG_20141107_162134DCA’s LAMAG, the only municipal art gallery in the country, will showcase the major traveling exhibition, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, which chronicles how tobacco heiress Doris Duke came to amass an impressive collection of Islamic artworks from throughout the Islamic world. Doris Duke’s Shangri La also showcases how she went on to commission architect Marion Sims Wyeth to build her Shangri La, the five-acre estate in Honolulu to house the collection.

Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Doris Duke’s Shangri La was masterminded by curators Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, who interwove architectural documents and vintage photographs along with more than 60 objects from the collection including ceramics, textiles, jewelry, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements, to demonstrate a distinct balance between the house and its collection. Interspersed among these artifacts are works by eight former artists-in-residence at Shangri La, who blend Islamic tradition and contemporary practices. A book of stunning new color photographs of the home and gardens taken by nationally recognized Los Angeles photographer Tim Street-Porter accompanies the innovative exhibition.

Accompanying exhibition catalog, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House In Paradise, available at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for $40. Cash or check only.

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2014 BACSAC Holiday Art Sale

bacsac_logos_r1-01-web1Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee (BACSAC) is hosting its annual HOLIDAY ART SALE / Fundraiser at Barnsdall Art Park on Saturday, December 13th, and wants YOU to sell your work!

BACSAC is looking for artists who have taken or taught classes at Barnsdall Art Center or Junior Arts Center in 2014. They want to include a wide range of artists, mediums, and skill levels. Beginners to advanced artists are welcome to apply.  

<<<CLICK HERE TO APPLY>>>

The HOLIDAY ART SALE / Fundraiser is organized by the Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee (BACSAC), and a percentage of proceeds will benefit scholarships, programming, and supplies for children and adults at Barnsdall Art Center.

BACSAC HOLIDAY ART SALE / FUNDRAISER

Saturday, December 13, 2014
10AM–4PM
Barnsdall Art Park [Specific location TBA]

Cost: $30 per vendor + 20% gross receipts

IMPORTANT DATES

Application deadline: Friday, November 14th by 5PM
Selected artists notified by: Monday, November 17th
Payments deadline: $30 non-refundable vendor fee due Monday, November 24th by 5PM

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New Member Benefits From FLW Trust & YogaWorks!

TWO new benefits have been added to Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Member perks!

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Discount at YogaWorks in Los Feliz: All Barnsdall members receive $15 off monthly dues and waived initiation fee.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Reciprocal Sites Membership for “Hollyhock House” and above level memberships.

Become a Member to support all that Barnsdall has to offer, including restoration of the Hollyhock House, Sundays Free Family Art Workshops, Wednesday Farmers Markets, Art Classes and Exhibits at the Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Art Center, Gallery Theater Productions, and More!
To learn about other benefits and to purchase membership, please visit: http://www.barnsdall.org/support/membership/
Your support ensures Barnsdall remains a vibrant and forward-looking community, by making art accessible in all its forms and enriching the cultural opportunities available in our diverse and dynamic City.
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LAMAG Free Family Art Workshops

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LAMAG’s Free Family Art Workshops will explore the origins, symbols, patterns, designs, and colors used as the foundation for the diversity of artworks showcased in both Doris Duke’s Shangri La and Shangri La: Imagined Cities. Families are invited to work with diverse materials to create vibrant artworks influenced by the traditional motifs and contemporary images from these two exhibitions.

Saturday, November 15, 11am-2pm: Marjan Vayghan

Saturday, December 6, 11am-2pm: Shahga Ariannia

No reservations required, all ages welcome!

Additionally, the LAMAG Museum Education Program is offering free school tours followed by a corresponding art lesson, subject to availability of dates.

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Exciting news from Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates!

We have some exciting news to share with you:

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF), the support organization for all the entities at Barnsdall Art Park, and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates (LAMAGA), the support organization for the Municipal Art Gallery, have joined together as a single non-profit group. Moving forward, we will be known collectively as the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF).  Over the past few years, the two Boards have significantly enhanced marketing and programming efforts at the Gallery and Park.  Through our efforts, it became clear that we would better fulfill our missions by strategically aligning. Joining together will allow us to offer even stronger support for the Gallery and the Park, and to save the resources required to maintain two separate organizations. 

The Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park is the only city-funded gallery in Los Angeles devoted to exhibiting the work of local emerging, mid-career and established artists. We are proud to continue LAMAGA’s legacy of holding opening receptions, producing catalogues, funding artist fellowships and grants, capital improvements and all other forms of assistance the Associates have offered since the Municipal Art Gallery’s founding over sixty years ago.  

What does this mean for you, our Foundation members and fellow supporters of the Park? You’ll likely notice a few small changes – fewer emails yet more quality content, a variety of special events and exhibition openings, and special happenings for members. 

We remain committed to our mission: to nurture the legacy of Barnsdall Art Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world. 

Thank you for your support!

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Now Accepting Applications For Hollyhock House Volunteers!

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation are now accepting applications for Volunteers to lead walking tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park.

Applicants should:
-Have a general interest in art & architecture
-Be able to commit consistently to at least (1) 4 hr. shift a month, over a 1 yr. period
-Be comfortable speaking to a large group
-Understand the physical demands of a 45 min. walking tour
-Attend a training course consisting of 5 classes over 5 weeks. Weeknight and weekend schedule available.
Download the application form: Docent App
Send completed application form or questions to: manya.fox@lacity.org
The highly anticipated re-opening of the Hollyhock House will be a very exciting time to be involved! Therefore, we anticipate a high volume of applicants. If you are chosen for this round, we will contact you within the next two weeks. If not, we will keep your application on file for future opportunities for a year. Thank you for your interest.
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