Now is a perfect time to catch up on gallery and museum hopping, especially since Los Angeles has its share of interesting and innovative visual conversations by artists, illustrators and filmmakers. Photography, video, cartoon art, multimedia or historical artifacts are different types of art mediums which have unique impact. These five exhibits give Southlanders a variety of ways to appreciate art.
"Baseball! Celebrating Our Great American Pastime"
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Dates: Now through September 14, 2014
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is both breathtaking and inspirational. In addition to incredible permanent galleries on the property, including the actual Air Force One aircraft, a full-size replica experience of President Reagan's Oval Office, a piece of the Berlin Wall as well as other artifacts from the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the Library is currently showing "Baseball! Celebrating Our Great American Pastime." This 12,000-square-foot exhibit displays some 700 relics from the elite company of Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Check the website for dates and details.
3126 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Dates: Aug. 23 to Sept. 20, 2014
A hip and contemporary hot spot gallery for art lovers and collectors, The Gabba Gallery has the pulse on a variety of art mediums. Curated by gallery owner Jason Ostro, The Gabba Gallery showcases multidisciplinary artwork from emerging artists (street, photography, collage, sculptural, design and fine art). "Urban Playground" brings "the outside world indoors." The exhibit aims to capture the "playful elements" of a city but shown within a smaller 1500-square-foot space. Twenty-five well-known street artists such as Teacher, Phobik, Thrashbird, Septerhed and Wrdsmth come together, creating a colorful and interesting urban space inside of the gallery. Visitors will seek out graffiti, metallic buildings, skateboards and a pair of sneakers dangling from a phone wire.
"The Hohokum Art Spectacular"
2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dates: Aug. 9-17, 2014
Referred to as a "bizarre and delightful" and "beauticious world" by the creative production company and modern day art gallery, iam8bit, "The Hohokum Art Spectacular" is the late summer's must-see exhibit to visit. Hohokum is known as a popular PlayStation video game featuring space, music and one-of-a-kind imagery. The imaginative works of Hohokum's game collaborator and illustrator Richard Hogg will be on display in August. Iam8bit continues to bring some of the coolest multimedia art to L.A. including a recent exhibit, "Cowabunga!! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
"The Gaze | Deconstructing the Moment of Seduction"
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Renowned pop culture artist and New Yorker Jeremy Penn exclusively showcases his work at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. The seductive and vibrant paintings from his collection "The Gaze | Deconstructing the Moment of Seduction" pays homage to Beverly Hills culture. Stare into Kate Moss' gaze -- in a cocktail of yellows and Penn's signature blue. Penn's art seduces the eye, taking the lead from artists Andy Warhol and Grey Malin.
"Steve McQueen: Drumroll"
MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Dates: Now through Sept. 21, 2014
MOCA Pacific Design Center, which features a rotation of design and architecture exhibits, is currently showcasing the photography works of British artist and filmmaker (Oscar-winning Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave") Steve McQueen. The select works of "Steve McQueen: Drumroll" is a display of the artist's 1998 video installation "Drumroll," a three-channel video projection forming a triptych image on one wall taking viewers on a journey through midtown Manhattan. McQueen's photography series "Barrage" is also on display giving viewers an up-close tour of gutter barriers or dams along the streets in Paris.
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