5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. What a Riot: An Earthquake, Two Mudslides and a Girl on Fire

Deborah Sussman, April Greiman, Alexander Girard and Alvin Lustig are just some of the Californians who’ve shaken up the visual world with their graphics and environmental design. Their work and that of many others is the topic of Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, a book by Louise Sandhaus, graphic designer and teacher, that will get its public launch at MOCA this Saturday. At the event, Alice Twemlow will moderate a panel discussion on California Modern Design with Lou Danziger, April Greiman, Richard Taylor and John Van Hamersveld.

A book signing will take place after the panel.

When: Saturday November 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Where: MOCA, 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free, but reservation required. Click here to make reservation. 

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2. Urban Narratives: Story Telling in Architecture and Film

How do filmmakers and architects tell stories with buildings and cityscape? That’s the topic of a panel discussion taking place this Thursday at the Ace Hotel–a space that’s already a part of Broadway in downtown’s transforming narrative. (Listen up to our discussion with architects Amy Murphy and Michael Maltzan, about their design for an exhibition about Expressionist Cinema).

When: Thursday November 20th, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free; RSVP by November 17 to communications@fxfowle.com. Write “LA Panel” in subject line

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3. Experience 14: ADN Guardhouse 

This past Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, perhaps the most evocative symbol of the Cold War. Now on display at EsMoA through November 23rd, is another important symbol of the Cold War: an East German Guardhouse. Back in 2013 Artist Christof Zwiener took possession of an East German Guardhouse that was once located at the parking lot entrance of the headquarters of the General German News Service in the DDR. As part of Zweiner’s exploration of “state surveillance and the use of public spaces in Berlin following the reunification of Germany in 1989,” the guardhouse will be at ESMoA until it is transferred to its permanent home at the Wende Museum of Cold War artifacts.

When: On view until November 23, 2014

Where: ESMoA; 208 Main St, El Segundo

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. Decades of Design 1948-2014

Before West Hollywood was officially a city, it was a community — of designers, working in interiors, furniture and production design. Now the West Hollywood Design Dist­rict presents Decades of Design, the first exhibition to explore design in the area from 1948-2014, kicking off this Wednesday at West Hollywood Public Library. The exhibition was curated by Gregory Firlotte, who says this district is worth showcasing for many reasons including the fact that “one of the few surviving buildings designed by the internationally-acclaimed furniture design team Charles and Ray Eames was the Herman Miller Showroom that can still be found on Beverly Boulevard 65 years later.”

Featuring the work of design “pioneers” as well as designers and tastemakers now contributing to West Hollywood’s unique aesthetic, the exhibit will include bold graphics, photographs and original products.

When: On view from November 19-February 2015

Where: West Hollywood Library; 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. Patrick Tighe Lecture

Patrick Tighe’s firm has designed over 30 buildings in Los Angeles, including the recently completed LGBT affordable housing complex La Brea Apartments in West Hollywood. Hear from him at OTIS College of Art and Design this Thursday where he’ll give a lecture on architecture.

When: November 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Where: Forum, 1st Floor Ahmanson Hall, Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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