5 Design Things To Do This Week

Written by

Puss Puss throws a party, Architects discuss the art of designing performing arts – and science – centers, Frances Stark survey comes to end, a party to greet a cross-country Citibiker, director Eric Bricker talks about Julius Shulman’s Visual Acoustics — that’s your week in design events from DnA.

Hodgetts + Fung, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville TN, 2015.
Hodgetts + Fung, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville TN, 2015. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)
“Tree house” study space, Lewis Science Library, Princeton NJ, 2008. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Architects Talk: The Fine Art of Performing Arts Centers/Gehry and Science

Hitting the High Notes: The Fine Art of Performing Arts Centers

L.A. architects Craig Hodgetts, Steven Ehrlich, Michael Rachlin and Renzo Zechetto — all of whom have created notable arts spaces — discuss what it takes to design performing arts centers that serve the needs of artists, audiences and municipalities. Culver City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Thomas Small moderates. With light refreshments and a live concert.

When: Wednesday, Jan 20, 6 PM

Where: Helms Design Center, 8754 Washington Blvd., Culver City

Tickets: Free. RSVP to Christine@CommunicationArtsInc.com

Gehry and Science: Arnold J. Levine and Frank Gehry in Conversation

How do you provide private space while facilitating the cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration that helps science thrive? That’s a question that will be considered by architect Frank Gehry and Arnold J. Levine, Systems Biology Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in a conversation being held in conjunction with LACMA’s ongoing exhibition of the architect’s work.

When: Sunday, Jan 24, 2 PM

Where: LACMA, Resnick Pavilion

Tickets: Free, but STANDBY ONLY.  No reserved tickets remaining. A standby line will form at 1 pm at the entrance to the Resnick Pavilion.


2.) PUSS PUSS LA Party

With profiles of cat-loving rappers and Vogue-worthy photos of feline models, London-based periodical PUSS PUSS puts a high-fashion spin on the traditional cat fancy magazine. Now it’s cuddling up to American readers with a party featuring Snow Leopard vodka (“created to help save the critically endangered snow leopard from extinction”) and a DJ set by Clean White Linens. A rare chance to chat about cats while sipping species-saving alcohol.

Or stay home and watch this cat-tastic Dutch music video featured in the magazine.

When: Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:30 PM – 2 AM

Where: Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown

Tickets: Free with RSVP


3) Greet Citibiker as he Ends Cross Country Tour

Planning on cycling across the US? It’s unlikely that you’d choose sturdy, heavy NYC Citibike. But that was the choice of avid New York Bike commuter Jeffrey Tanenhaus, turned cross-country rider; he will end his 3,001-mile tour in Santa Monica, this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier, with a welcome party hosted by Santa Monica Spoke on the City’s own Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, and a ride along the last leg of his journey.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2:30 PM — 6:00 PM

Where: Colorado Center Park, 26th & Broadway; ride together on the last leg of Jeffrey Tanenhaus Countri Bike tour to the top of the Santa Monica Pier.

Tickets: Free; check here for details.


4) Film Screening: “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman”

Eric Bricker’s 2008 documentary celebrates the life and career of L.A.-based architectural photographer Julius Shulman, whose iconic images popularized the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and many others. Shulman died in 2009 at the age of 98; he was whip-smart and cantankerous to the end. Los Angeles Magazine columnist Chris Nichols hosts a discussion after the film.

When: Thursday, Jan 21, 7 PM

Where: Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain Street, Glendale

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Installation view (Brian Forrest / Hammer Museum)
UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015, installation view (Brian Forrest/Hammer Museum)(The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) CLOSING: UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 at the Hammer

Catch it before it closes this Sunday: a midcareer survey of work by the L.A.-based artist and writer Frances Stark, featuring 125 drawings, collages, paintings and video installations. Her compositions combine text and imagery to explore a variety of subjects “including writing, procrastination, the banality of life, failure, success, pride, self-doubt, motherhood, pedagogy, institutional critique, class, music, literature, poetry, philosophy, art, sadness, and relationships.”

The exhibition tracks Stark’s 25-year career “from early carbon drawings to intricate collages and mixed-media paintings to the more recent work, which includes PowerPoint slide shows, video, performance, and Instagram photographs.”

When: Tues – Fri 11 AM to 8 PM; Sat/Sun 11 AM to 5 PM. CLOSES Sunday, Jan 24

Where: UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood

Tickets: Open to the public at no charge.