Two years ago USC architecture professor Lee Olvera gave his students the challenge of making “Mao jackets” out of unlikely materials. The studio, a test of structure, fabrication and imagination, was a great success. This Friday he will present this year’s concepts: 14 new jackets made of materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape. The model shown is wearing a jacket assembled from 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together -by hand.
When: Friday March 7, 2014 2:00-6:00 PM
Where: USC School of Architecture, Watt Hall, Third Floor
Tickets: Free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Animation Breakdown
Cinefamily in Hollywood is dedicating an evening to what they believe are the “awesomest animators” with their “first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival.” Enjoy 90+ minutes of films from a wide range of both veteran and emerging animators. Enter a “world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders.” (View their trailer for the event below.) Note: The next evening Cinefamily will host a discussion on Women in Animation; click here for more information.
When: Saturday March 8, 2014, 9:30 PM
Where: Cinefamily; 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Tickets: $12; Click here for tickets.
3. Meet Norm. Architects
The multi-hyphenated duo behind the hyper-minimalist Copenhagen-based design studio Norm.Architects (see their townhouse conversation, above) culminate their inaugural R&D sojourn to Los Angeles with a showcase and conversation at the A+R design store flagship on La Brea. Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn met in high school and went on to form a highly prolific partnership designing everything from interiors and products to architecture and graphics, first for several design houses and now from their own studio.
When: Thursday March 6, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: A+R; 121 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
Tickets: Free and open to the public. RSVP to email@example.com
4. Collectors in Conversation: Justinian Jampol (Wende Museum)
Justinian Jampol, founder and executive director of the Culver City-based Wende Museum, joins retired photojournalist Fred Glienna for Collectors in Conversation at Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena. Twenty years ago Jampol began collecting Cold War artifacts that were being overlooked or destroyed, and now has a huge collection, including everything from folk art, clothing, toys, scrapbooks, restaurant menus, postcards, home movies, surveillance equipment, busts of Lenin and Stalin and chunks of the Berlin Wall. Read his New York Times editorial on the smashing of communist-era artefacts in Ukraine.
When: Saturday March 8, 2014 2:00 PM
Where: Allendale Branch Library; 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
5. Korean Bojagi Workshop
Bojagi are traditional Korean quilt pieces that can be made from a wide variety of materials, typically silk. Join LACMA for one of their Bojagi workshops lead by artist Youngmin Lee. The event is free, but you have to reserve a place; materials will be provided and you can take your Bojagi home.
When: Thursday March 6, 2014 (Note- there are lots of other dates available for this as well)
Where: LACMA; Boone Children’s Gallery (located on the 2nd floor of the Hammer Building)
Tickets: Free and open to the public. Reservation required; Click here to make reservation.