5 Design Things to do This Week

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Women artists make work that focuses on freedom of expression and liberation, discussions of bicycling and color at the Hammer Museum, and Fashion Week LA. Lots to do in design-related events this week.

Women Manifest

1. Women Manifest

March is Women’s History Month, and there are lots of events around town to mark the occasion. WOMEN MANIFEST is a series of three exhibitions in West Hollywood that caused unexpected controversy when they opened this week. Curated by photographer Brooke Mason, whose images of nudes caused the outcry, the all-women artists include Betty Gold, Jana Cruder, Carolyn Doucette, Lee Bowers, Bibi Davidson, Diane Holland, and Gulla Jónsdóttir.

AT THE CORE will include art of strength and struggles, West Hollywood Public Library; OUT AND ABOUT focuses on freedom of expression and liberation, West Hollywood City Hall; HEAR ME examines communication, Robert Kuo Showroom

When: Through March.
Reception: OUT AND ABOUT: Wednesday, March 15, 4-7pm
Reception: HEAR ME: Thursday, March 16, 6-8pm

Where: AT THE CORE: West Hollywood Public Library, 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069
OUT AND ABOUT: West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069
Free parking with validation at the Kings Road Public Parking structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.
HEAR ME: Robert Kuo Showroom, 8686 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, 90069

Tickets: To RSVP, please email info@brookemason.com.

Janette Sadik-Khan & Christopher Hawthorne
Janette Sadik-Khan & Christopher Hawthorne

2. Cycling and color are the topic of discussion at the Hammer Museum

Cycling is on an upswing in Los Angeles, prompted by CicLAvia and a younger population eager to ditch their gas-guzzling, four-wheeled vehicles. So there’s no better time to hear what Janette Sadik-Khan has to say. The former New York City transportation commissioner transformed New York’s streets into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and bikers. Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne joins her at the Hammer Museum for a talk on her new book “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.” The event is co-presented with Occidental College and the Third Los Angeles Project. A book signing with Sadik-Khan will follow the conversation.

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30pm

Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Parking Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

Tickets: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended. Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.

The following day at the Hammer, artist and educator Josef Albers will be the topic of discussion. Painter and associate professor and director of graduate studies of painting and printmaking at Yale University, Anoka Faruqee will speak of Albers’ “process before product” and “practice before theory” approach to teaching. Using the acclaimed 1963 Interaction of Coloras a focal point, Faruqee will expand the conversation to the conceptual underpinnings and contemporary resonance of Albers’s approach to color, drawing, and design. This program is related to the current exhibition “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.”

When: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm

Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Parking Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

Tickets: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended. Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.

Highland Park

3. FIG JAM – Celebrating Highland Park’s Great Streets

FIG JAM is a free one-day family event on North Figueroa in Highland Park designed to improve the street by drawing attention to its rich past, recognizing its vibrant present and sparking interest in its promising future. The event is a Great Streets Challenge Grant winner, an initiative launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office to help re-imagine neighborhood centers. Organizers and community members will build temporary, low-cost improvements to transform public spaces and promote social engagement. Among the activities will be a living museum exhibiting historical photographs and narratives alongside stories of current residents and business, along with discussions, tours and performances.

When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00am-8:00pm

Where: 5601 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Tickets: Free

Photo by Rhyan Reyes of LA Fashion Week 2105
Photo by Rhyan Reyes of LA Fashion Week 2105

4. L.A. Fashion Week: Esther Perbandt and Rose Apodaca Runway Show/Discussion

It is almost impossible to separate the person from the label. With her authentic style, unconventional creations, and Berlin slang, fashion designer Esther Perbandt has established herself as a point of reference for the Berlin and international fashion scene.

A designer, visionary, performer, as well as master of ceremonies and entertainer, Perbandt has designed outfits for the musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin, the conductor Teodor Currentzis and the dance ensemble Sasha Waltz & Guests and many others.

As part of her presentation at LA Fashion Week, Esther Perbandt, accompanied by her partner in crime, the German composer, music producer and director, Sven Helbig, presents a special runway show of her recent work. A discussion and Q&A with Esther Perbandt, moderated by writer and curator, Rose Apodaca (A+R Projects) will follow the runway show.

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016. 1:00pm-4:00pm. Doors 12:30pm.

Where: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036

Tickets: Free Admission with confirmed RSVP

James Welling

5. James Welling Caligraphy at WUHO

The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury presents James Welling Caligraphy – an exhibit of recent works by Mr. Welling. Bringing together works made in and about Los Angeles and the west coast, Caligraphy examines James Welling’s experimental approach to photography. Ranging from his earliest photographs of Los Angeles architecture and interiors begun in 1975 to his most recent inkjet prints incorporating dance and architecture, Caligraphy will also include never before exhibited works documenting driftwood structures found along the California coast and new experiments incorporating typography and found imagery. Mr. Welling received the 2016 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.

When: Through March 27. Gallery hours: Thursday – 1pm to 8pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 1pm to 6pm

Where: WUHO, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tickets: Free