3 Design Things to do This Week

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Here are 3 events DnA recommends you check out this week.

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1. Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic; Armin Hofmann Farbe/Color

Beloved abstract modern sculptor and father of the “mobile” Alexander Calder gets his own show at LACMA, curated by the museum’s senior curator of modern art Stephanie Barron and designed by architect Frank Gehry, who says his goal was to “give the pieces their individual space” and “let the architecture help reveal the dynamism of each piece.” Calder has a close connection with LACMA, having created its Three Quintains ( Hello Girls ) fountain in 1964, and the museum’s first poster.

Calder and Abstraction exhibits nearly fifty abstract sculptures, including mobiles, stabiles, and maquettes for larger outdoor works, that span more than four decades of the artist’s career. Listen to Hunter Drohojowski-Philp talk about Calder; an extended interview will air on next week’s DnA.

When: Exhibition will run until July 27, 2014

Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Click here for Tickets

While at LACMA take a walk across Wilshire Boulevard to A+D Museum, and check out their show of another abstract modernist: graphic designer Armin Hofmann. The exhibit of exercises in color and shape, called Armin Hofmann Farbe/Color, was designed by architect Michael Rotondi and his life and work partner April Greiman, the influential LA-based graphic designer who studied with Hofmann at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland.

When: Exhibition will run until January 19, 2014

Where: A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets:  Click here for Tickets

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2. Thanksgivukkah Festival

In case you hadn’t heard. . . for the first time since 1888, and for the last time in about 70,000 years Thanskgiving Day and the first day of Hanukkah coincide. This has inspired all sorts of recipe — and design — mashups. Pictured above is a “menurkey,” or a menorah shaped like a turkey that was designed by a 9 year old boy from New York to commemorate Thanksgivukkah. Posters, notecards, games and other designs that honor the holiday are available at the Modern Tribe web site.

In L.A. the day after Thanksgiving, the woman credited with coining, and trademarking. the term “Thanksgivukkah” — Dana Gitell and her sister-in-law  Deborah Gitell — are hosting a Thanksgivukkah festival in downtown L.A. Expect food trucks from Canter’s, Bibi’s Bakery, Kosher Palate, and many many more.

For more on Thanksgivukkah, check out Good Food’s Guide to Thanksgivukkah.

When: Friday November 29, 2013 11AM-4PM

Where: Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia Street Los Angeles

Tickets:  $8 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family of four. Click here for tickets.

3. National Geographic- “The Power of Photography”

Nothing says serious photography like the National Geographic magazine, now turning 125 and subject of a lavish show at The Annenberg Space for Photography. In LED monitors and wall-mounted mosaics, “The Power of Photography” showcases hundreds of images, spanning countries and topics, from studies of “exotic” cultures in its early years to stark portraits of American teenagers today.  A contemplative show that offers hope a nice contrast to Black Friday shopping insanity.

When: Exhibition will run until April 27, 2014

Where: Annenberg Space for Photography

Tickets: Free to the public