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5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Driving LA

This seminal 1970 photograph by Julian Wasser of Joan Didion leaning against her white Corvette (for her book, Play It As It Lays) is among images in a show at Craig Krull Gallery, that explores how car culture shaped the built environment of L.A. from “billboards, dingbats, car washes, drive-ins, freeways and maps-to-the-stars’-homes.”

When: On view until August 23, 2014

Where: Craig Krull Gallery; 2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B-3 Santa Monica

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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2. International Toy Sale

Don Adler has collected toys from around the world since 1973, and now he’s putting them up for sale at a fundraiser for the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Pick up something unique, and support a local arts institution!

When: July 18-20

Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum; 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Come in!

A+D Museum shows how young designers and architects, working in a range of scales, are being influenced by Los Angeles (and how they in turn may influence Los Angeles) in a new exhibition.

When: July 19-August 31, 2014

Where: A + D Museum; 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: Included in admission. Click here for price info.

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4. Local Not Local

Local Not Local is an exhibition of Arabic and Iranian typography, curated by Pouya Jahanshahi and Maece Seirafi, that is currently on display at Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “Bypassing traditional sociopolitical boundaries,” ten LA-based Iranian and Arab artists and designers have gathered under one roof. The goal, says one of the artists, Sam Anvari, is to introduce “our culture and the beauty of our typography to Americans.” Iranians and Arabs speak different languages (Persian, or Farsi, is Indo-European while Arabic has Semitic roots) but they share the same alphabet (although the Iranian alphabet has four extra characters) and a tradition of exquisite calligraphy. Anvari adds, “graphic designers are always the artists behind the scenes. This time we wanted to get under the spot light ourselves.”
When: Runs until August 29, 2014

Where: Levantine Cultural Center; 5998 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. See Life

See Life is an exhibit on view at Hinge Parallel Gallery by Joshua Abarbanel that consists of wood sculptures that are created using laser cutters, then hand-finished, assembled and arranged and are “part of his on-going exploration of forms and patterns often found in biological, botanical and geological structures.”

When: on view until July 26, 2014

Where: Hinge Parallel Gallery; 8545 Washington Blvd., Culver City

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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And don’t forget to listen to our most recent DnA “Reclaiming Public Space–at the Beach and at the River”