5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Light and Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950

The classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age were shaped by the experiences of their makers:  the German-speaking exiles from Nazi Europe—many of them Jews. Skirball’s new exhibtion explores the impact of “the light and dark experiences of these pioneering film artists” on movies such as Sunset Boulevard, Double IndemnityCasablanca, and Ninotchka.

This exhibition forms a companions to LACMA’s current Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, exploring the masterworks of German Expressionist cinema, with an installation designed by Amy Murphy and Michael Maltzan.

When: October 23-March 1, 2014

Where: Skirball; 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Included with Museum Admission

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2. LA Islam Arts Initiative

Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress, amassed an impressive collection of Islamic artworks from throughout the Islamic world. Now an exhibition and book (with photography by Tim Street-Porter) about the collection Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, will open at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Park. Accompanying it will be Shangri La: Imagined Cities, an exhibition curated by Rijin Sahakian, that “provides a critical juxtaposition to Doris Duke’s Shangri La through the presentation of contemporary works that produce a multiplicity of worlds.”

These exhibitions come under the umbrella of The Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), a citywide initiative on Islamic arts presented by multiple institutions — in the manner of Pacific Standard Time. Art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances created by “non-Muslim artists from Muslim-dominant countries, Muslims creating art in non-Muslim dominant countries, and artists culturally influenced by Islam” will be on view in locations including Grand Park, Redcat and Calarts.

When: October 26, 2014-December 28, 2014

Where: Many locations;  The Shangri La exhibitions take place at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; 4800 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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ZAHA HADID CHAIR3. Zaha Hadid at USC/USC Students Rethink SAMO Airport

Zaha Hadid at USC

Pritzker Prize-winning architect ZahaHadid will speak at USC on October 24. Hadid’s radical, non-orthogonal forms have fueled a growth of interest in “parametric” design, and her talk coincides with ACADIA, the 2014 Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, a national conference about digital design taking place for the first time at USC. The public is invited to check out an accompanying exhibition, in USC’s Watt Hall, featuring unique 3D printed pieces created in collaboration with Stratasys: two chairs by Zaha Hadid (see above) and Alvin Huang, as well as Francis Bitoni’s ‘Molecule’ shoes, a sculpture by Jose Sanchez and a line of 3D printed jewelry from Jenny Wu.

When: 10/24/2014 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Bovard Auditorium (ADM), University Park Campus, USC

Tickets: Free, but reservation required. Click link below for RSVP info.

Click here for more information about Zaha Hadid’s talk. For information about ACADIA, click here.

USC Students Rethink SAMO Airport

The future of Santa Monica’s airport is in the balance this election cycle, and landscape architecture students at USC have envisioned alternative uses for the site that will be on show for a few hours only this coming Thursday. Check out “Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1,” featuring parks envisioned by graduate students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu; the project is sponsored by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups hoping to see a park replace the airport.

When: Thursday October 23rd 6-9pm

Where: Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station I, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture In Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake 

The MAK Center’s latest exhibition displays the efforts by Japanese architects to provide a humane and well-considered response, in contrast to that of the “slow and inept government,” following the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. See works by artist Hiroyasu Yamauchi, and architects Hitoshi Abe, Manabu Chiba, Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (of Atelier Bow-Wow), Senhiko Nakata, Osamu Tsukhashi, and Riken Yamamoto. On Saturday, DnA’s Frances Anderton will join Hitoshi Abe, Manabu Chiba, Senhiko Nakata, and Osamu Tsukhashi and other guests for a series of panel discussions.

When: October 25- January 4th

Where:  MAK Center; 835 N Kings Road West Hollywood

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. The Brewery Artwalk

The Brewery ArtWalk — a twice annual open studio weekend at the self-described “worlds largest art complex” — has become one of the downtown art community’s oldest institutions. Check out what 100 participating resident artists are up to, purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios, and while there, check out all the changes in downtown’s art district, such as the newly opened One Santa Fe by architect Michael Maltzan.

When: October 25th and 26th 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Where: Brewery Art Association c/o i5 Gallery 2100 North Main Street, Unit A10 Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.