5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Here is what DnA recommends you check out this week in Southern California.

1. Palm Springs Modernism Week

This annual celebration of midcentury Modern buildings and lifestyle has been such a hit that it now runs to eleven days, starting Thursday with a tour of Sunnylands and continuing through two weekends, with parties, showcases, bus tours, “Modern Mambo” dance parties and talks. KCRW will be there in full — this Sunday DnA’s Mallery Roberts Morgan will talk with Commune, the designers of Ace Hotel in downtown LA and Palm Springs; and the following Sunday DnA’s Frances Anderton and Press Play host Madeleine Brand will discuss living in midcentury multifamily buildings.

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When: February 13-23

Where: Palm Springs, CA

Tickets:  Click here for tickets.


2. Skyline

Downtown L.A. will host host Skyline, a free ten-day architecture and art event starting this Thursday. The event will showcase “site specific, experimental, interactive installations that embrace Los Angeles’ ever evolving cultural landscape.”

When: February 13-22

Where: Various sites in Downtown Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Art of Motion Picture Costume Design FIDM

FIDM’s annual popular display of the actual costumes designed for some of the year’s favorite, and often Oscar-nominated movies, comes once again.

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When: February 11-April 26, 2014 Tuesday through Saturday 10am until 5pm

Where: FIDM;  919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250 Los Angeles, California, 90015

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. In Focus: Architecture

The Getty explores the relationship between photography and architecture in the exhibit In Focus: Architecture that runs until March 2. ” Spanning the history of the medium, the exhibition features twenty-four works by such diverse practitioners as William Henry Fox Talbot, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Ryuji Miyamoto.”

When: Exhibition runs until March 2, 2014

Where: Getty Center; 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles

Tickets: Open to the public.

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5. Art Center and UCLA speakers

Jonathan Harris  Art Center Dialogues

Explore the relationship between humans and technology with Jonathan Harris at Art Center on Tuesday. Jonathan Harris is a computer scientist and artist who has lectured about his work at TED, MoMA, Google, The New York Times and many other venues.

Harris will discuss various topics, including: storytelling, big data, data visualization, online communities, and how technology is affecting our lives.

When: Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA 91103

Tickets: Open to the public.

The Cloud City

Andrew Blum wrote a fascinating book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, about the vast, real infrastructure of buildings and wires (tubes) that support our “virtual” world. This week he will speak in Prof. Miriam Posner’s class ”Digital Labor, Urban Space, and Materiality.”

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When: February 13 12:30 PM-2PM


Tickets: Open to the public.