5 design things to do this week

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See costumes from 2016’s best films, take a romantic tour of Metro’s station art, hear from one of the most respected jewelry makers in the field, check out rock ‘n’ roll images from the Sunset Strip, and share your thoughts on new park space in Boyle Heights and the Arts District.

Photo Credit: Sepideh Salehi. From the series, Mohr Portrait (2014-2016), photographs on wood panel with frottage on Japanese paper, 20”x24.” Courtesy of the Artist and ADVOCARTSY. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Art Brief III: The (Un)Draped Woman, the female form in Iranian Contemporary Art, Arena 1 Gallery.

Fourteen artists in this exhibition, all of Iranian origin, depict women in various states of cover, “yet as all their works show, external appearances, whether fully exposed or not, are rarely a gateway to comprehending female identity.” That’s Sandra Williams, assistant curator at LACMA, talking about Art Brief III: The (Un)Draped Woman, a multimedia exhibition exploring the cultural and historical constructs of women and the female form as represented within Iranian Contemporary Art. Presented by ADVOCARTSY, a series that introduces artists of Iranian heritage to the region.

When: Public Opening Reception, Thursday, February 9, 2017: 7 pm – 10 pm. Closing reception and panel discussion, Saturday, February 18th, 3 pm. – 5 pm.

Where: Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

Tickets: Free and open to the public. More information here.

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Crimson Peak, 2016. Costume design by Kate Hawley. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2) Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

It’s become an annual tradition: FIDM Museum’s exhibition of the costumes that made the past year’s best movies come to life. Visitors will see over 100 outstanding costume designs from 23 films released in 2016, including Academy Award nominees for Costume Design.

When: Tuesday, February 7th, through Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday.

Where: FIDM Museum & Galleries – On the Park, 1st Level. 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Corner of Grand Avenue & 9th Street)
Parking: Under college building (entrance on 9th Street) or in surrounding lots

Tickets: Free and open to the public. More information here.

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Rendering of the new multimodal Sixth Street Viaduct designed by Michael Maltzan Associates. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3 )  Community Outreach for Sixth Street Park, Arts, River, and Connectivity Improvements (PARC)

Deemed by Mayor Garcetti to have ‘concrete cancer,’ the 1930s-era Sixth Street Viaduct was demolished last spring, taking with it a part of Los Angeles history that now lives on only in the many movies and TV shows featured the industrial, crumbling and graffiti-laden bridge.  In its place will be a new chapter of LA’s future, with a sleek $428 million bridge designed by Michael Maltzan and Associates. The viaduct, which spans the LA River to connect Boyle Heights to Downtown’s Arts District and its surroundings, will be rebuilt as a bike- and pedestrian-connected community space.  The rendering above is just one idea for how the surrounding space could be designed.  The city wants to hear your ideas – and we know you have some!  See more.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8, 6:30pm

Where: Tuesday, Feb 7 at PUENTE Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Limited parking available. Check Metro.net for transit options). and Wednesday, Feb 8 at Sci-Arc, Keck Auditorium, 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Parking Available at lot on Merrick St)

Tickets: Free and open to the public

4) There’s Something Happening Here…On The Sunset Strip 1966: 50TH Anniversary of Sunset Strip Riots

“Rock and Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip” installation with Robert Landau

In the mid 1960’s the Sunset Strip was the center of the folk music scene, where music and activism united and shaped a generation.  Robert Landau was there with his Kodachrome camera to capture into permanence the fleeting pop art of commercial billboards for the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Diana Ross, among many others.  As part of this 50th anniversary series, the artist will return to the Strip for the installation of 10 large format pieces reflecting his work during this era.  He will be available to meet and chat, a formal talk on the exhibit and his book, Rock and Roll Billboards, is schedule for April 26.  Hear KCRW’s interview with Robert Landau, and see images from the book, here.

When: Tuesday, Feb 7, 3 – 5 pm

Where: City parking lot at 8775 Sunset Blvd, 90069

Tickets: Free and open to the public

“The Rise of Counterculture in West Hollywood: Art and Music and Poetry” historical discussion with Domenic Priore

Domenic Priore is a cultural historian and author of Riot on Sunset Strip.  He will explore the moment between 1965 and 1966 that the Sunset Strip became the epicenter of the folk music scene, previously centered in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

When: Wednesday, Feb 8, 7 pm.

Where: City of West Hollywood Public Meeting Room/City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 90069. More information here.

Tickets: Free and open to the public

5) From Jewelry to Jellyfish, the work of Arline Fisch and artist talk

Arline Fisch has honed her art for 50 years, weaving textile and fiber craft into metal-based jewelry, sculpture and clothing inspired by ancient cultures and the natural world. Fisch is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crafts from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and multiple Fulbright fellowships to travel to Uruguay, Vienna, and Denmark. She has been a trustee of the American Craft Council, a founding member and president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and a trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is represented in numerous collections and exhibitions around the world.  Meet the artist and hear about her exceptional life.

When: Saturday, Feb 11, 4 pm

Where: Craft in America Center, 8415 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tickets: Free. RSVP by sending an email to rsvp@craftinamerica.org. More information here.

“Azusa Horticultural Paradise” (2015) by Lynn Goodpasture, at the APU/Citrus College Station on the Metro Gold Line

Bonus for Valentine’s Day! Metro Art Tour

Metro is offering a special free tour of its station art, in collaboration with the Independent Shakespeare Co. Visitors will view works of art and enjoy romantic scenes taken from select Shakespearian plays while traveling on the Metro Gold Line Extension. Starts at Arcadia Station and ends at Azusa Station. Attendees will receive free TAP cards at the start of the tour.

When: Feb 12, 2 – 4:30 pm

Where: Arcadia Station (ends at Azusa Station)

Tickets: Free TAP cards will be available for attendees at the start of the tour. More information here.