5 design things to do this week

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This week brings us international art shows, flying kites on paper, a fundraiser at A+D Museum, an MLK Jr celebration for kids, and an engineer-turned-sculptor who turns astronomy into art.

The L.A. Art Show will feature a landmark exhibition of Korean monochromatic paintings curated by SM Fine Art Gallery, featuring works from Kim Tae-Ho and Kim Tschang-Yeul. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) L.A. Art Show

Now in its third decade, the annual L.A. Art Show returns to the L.A. Convention center with the stature of a preeminent art fair and the enthusiasm at the cutting edge of the international art movement.  Produced since its inception by Kim Martindale, the 150,000 square foot show is one of the largest and longest-running art shows in the world.  With its international focus, innovative galleries, lectures and art performances that showcase modern and contemporary work, the show is at the epicenter of connecting commerce, galleries, artists, curators and collectors, as well as the non-profit arts community.  Special featured programming and performance exhibits.

When:  Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Sunday, Jan. 15.  See daily hours here.  Opening night premiere party Wednesday, 7-11 pm.

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets:  $25 1-day ticket; $55 4-day pass; $125-$250 Opening Night Gala

Also this weekend, if photography is your thing, check out Photo L.A., Fri-Sun 11 am – 7pm/6pm Sunday, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007. $20 ($30 for a 3 day pass). This international show features photography, video and multi-media installations and includes speakers, panels, roundtables and book signings.

The three-dimensional artistry of Jacob Hashimoto goes 2-D in this print show at Mixografia. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2)  Opening Reception: Jacob Hashimoto @ Mixografia Gallery

Come hear Jacob Hashimoto in conversation with Alma Ruiz at the opening reception to the new show “Another Cautionary Tale Comes to Mind (but immediately vanishes).” This series of Mixografia® prints is inspired by the artist’s practice of creating intricate installations from layers of rice paper and bamboo kites held together by fishing wire.  A single Jacob Hashimoto installation can take over an entire room or gallery.  The translation of his work into print-form offers collectors with more modest spaces the opportunity to take home the spectacular artistry of his work. You can learn more about Mixografia in this DnA segment about the printmaking shop.

When: Opening reception Saturday, Jan. 14, 4 – 7 pm.  Show runs through March 4.

Where: Mixografia Gallery, 1419 E. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Tickets: This is an unticketed event.a-d-main-membership

3) Celebrate: DTLA at Architecture and Design Museum

A+D Museum opened in January 2001 in response to the need for a space that would be devoted expressly to the exhibition of progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles.  Now in 2017, the theme of the museum’s 6th annual gala and fundraiser will celebrate the distinct neighborhoods that make up the cultural mecca of downtown Los Angeles. Through a world-class silent auction featuring inspired DTLA designs, CELEBRATE: DTLA will explore the past, present, and future of downtown as a source of inspiration for artists, designers, and design-enthusiasts alike.  Enjoy an evening of food and drink, a silent auction, music, entertainment and more.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 7 – 11 pm

Where: A+D Museum, 900 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Complimentary parking at 350 Merrick Street, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street)

Tickets: $75-$150.  Get tickets here.


4) Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Unity Celebration

Bring the little ones out to celebrate the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of a community. Build new worlds in the Imagination Workshop, add your handprints to a giant peace mural, share your hope for the world on the “dream boards,” and help create a communal unity chain and see how far it can be stretched together around the entire museum over the course of the holiday weekend.

When: Saturday to Monday, Jan. 14-16, 10 am – 5 pm (note, while not usually open on Mondays, the museum IS OPEN on MLK Jr. Day)

Where: Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Tickets: $13 ($11 with KCRW Fringe Benefits Card). More information here.

Fred Eversley, Untitled, 1980. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5)  Fred Eversley: Black, White, Gray

A burgeoning career in engineering and aerospace converged with the bohemian scene of 1960s Venice Beach, CA to create artist-sculptor Fred Eversley.  After originally experimenting in the late ’60s with the ‘modern industrial’ material of plastic and vibrant colors, by 1972 Eversley began to explore the qualities and beauty of the color black, embarking on a new series of opaque and translucent sculptures that reflect the environment around them. Eversley has described his work with cosmological associations: “stars expanding their energy and becoming black holes, white dwarfs, and neutron stars.”  Compelled by the power of these works, Eversley expanded his investigation of this achromatic palette, experimenting with white and gray tinting. This exhibition examines this series of black, white, and gray sculptures.

When: Ongoing through Jan. 28, Monday to Saturday, noon – 6pm

Where: Art + Practice, 3401 W 43rd Pl, Los Angeles 90008

Tickets: Free. More information here.