5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

Nancy Baker Cahill’s Decomposition No. 11

1. SHEvening 

Longtime collector and arts consultant Merry Norris typically makes a striking presence at other people’s design or art events. Now she’s taken a plunge and curated and hosted her own show, a three week display of work by Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill (placed first and second, respectively, in a competition Merry had co-judged.) MERRYSPACE is in exhibition space rented from gallerist Edward Cella and “SHEvening”, says LAMag, is “about the place of feminism and motherhood in (Cahill and Aguiñiga’s) artistic practices.”

When: Through May 25; the artists will give a talk Saturday, May 23, 1 p.m.

Where:  MERRYSPACE, 2754 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Vintage bikes being delivered to Metro Bike Art at Caltrans
Above, vintage bikes are delivered to Caltrans for the Bike Art show (see their journey on this video)

2. Bike Week Features Bike Art and Blessings

Bike Week is Metro’s annual campaign to ratchet up enthusiasm for getting around on two wheels in Los Angeles. There are a lot of events to choose from, including a movie “bike-in,” repair workshops, the annual Blessing of the Bicycles and a bike art show in the gallery of the Caltrans building in downtown, featuring some wonderful vintage bikes as well as contemporary art statements.

When: May 10-16, 2015. Bike Panel takes place May 11 at 6:00 PM

Where: Various locations in Los Angeles. Bike Panel, Caltrans District 7 Office; 100 S Main St, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Sherin Guirguis: Pentagon detail
Sherin Guirguis: Pentagon detail

3. 2015 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowships

The City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowships (C.O.L.A) is one of the few government-funded programs, which gives grants directly to individual artists, and this year’s winners will have new works on show at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, with an opening this Sunday. Award recipients range from architects to master woodcarvers and include: Miyoshi Barosh; Kelly Barrie; Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu (B + U); Jeff Colson; Marilyn Gow; Alexandra Grant; Harold Greene; Sherin Guirguis (her “Pentagon” is shown above); Elizabeth Leister; Alan Nakagawa; and Barbara Strasen. 

When: May 17 through June 28, 2015, with an opening reception on May 17, 2015, from 2-5 p.m

Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park

Tickets: Free and open to the public

Click here for more information. Bunker hill

4. Exhibition Opening: Bunker Hill in the Rear-View Mirror: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of an Urban Neighborhood

Los Angeles builders have projected their ambitions for the city onto Bunker Hill for 150 years, along the way ripping away an entire neighborhood to make way for the current acropolis of arts and commercial office buildings. Now an exhibition and accompanying book exploring that history is going on view in the First Floor Galleries at Central Library.  Curated by Christina Rice and Emma Roberts, “Bunker Hill in the Rear-View Mirror: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of an Urban Neighborhood” will show photographs, news articles, recollections and unique ephemera illustrating “the complex story of Bunker Hill, from its heyday in the 1880’s to its redevelopment in the 1960’s and 70’s.” 

When: Opening May 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:  First Floor Galleries, Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Yerba Buena lofts, stanley saitowitz
Yerba Buena Lofts, San Francisco, by Stanley Saitowitz; photograph by Tim Griffith

5. Stanley Saitowitz Talks at Helms Bakery

Highly regarded San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects will give a talk Thursday at Helms Bakery, presented by Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design. One of the themes the veteran and prolific designer of houses, churches, synagogues (Congregation Beth Sholom, above) and museums might address is his transition to developer in a time when the architecture profession is increasingly challenging. His latest residential project in San Francisco is reviewed here.

When: May 14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Helms Bakery District, 8745 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Heart of Compassion, Cliff Garten
Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion Tour, designed by Cliff Garten

Also, this week. . . Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion Tour

Join deLaB and prolific public artist Cliff Garten, for a tour of his public sculpture “Los Angeles Opens its Heart of Compassion,” at the heart of Koreatown’s latest development The Vermont. Garten will be joined by JH Snyder’s art consultant Corinne Weitzman to discuss the process behind and design of the civic sculpture “that suspends dramatically between the two towers.” 

When: Thursday, May 14; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: 3150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90010

Tickets: Free but you should reserve tickets here.

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