5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

Griffith Park Teahouse, photo by Jeff Adams Ingels
Griffith Park Teahouse, photo by Jeff Adams Ingalls

1. Visit the Griffith Park Teahouse Before It Goes!

If you haven’t checked out the Griffith Park Teahouse already, your last chance may be this weekend. The teahouse, a “gift” made from “reclaimed wood from the Griffith Park Fire” by a group of anonymous artists, was constructed in the middle of the night on June 30 following months of design after one of the artists stumbled upon an abandoned foundation with great views in Griffith Park. The Department of Recreation and Parks may remove it as soon as July 27 though word is it may wind up in a new location in the park.

When: Before July 27– it could be removed by then.

Where: View LAist’s handy guide to getting there.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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2. David Hockney: Painting and Photography

The British artist who defined water-careless Los Angeles in all its sumptuous artificiality with his 1960s paintings of swimming pools and lawns is still immensely prolific at 78. His latest series has just gone on show at his Venice-based gallerist L.A. Louver, and features works created since moving back to LA two years ago (after making LA his home, he had returned to his native Yorkshire and focused on iPhone and iPad paintings of the Yorkshire landscape.) As with many of his past works, the David Hockney Painting and Photography Painting play with technology and reference art historical themes: in this case the renaissance idea of one-point perspective. The new images overly photographs, paintings (his own) in a series of images of salons with different vanishing points that have a disorienting, 3-D effect. The exhibition also includes several of his recent portrait paintings.

When: Open until September 19, 2015

Where: LA Louver Gallery; 45 North Venice Boulevard Venice, California 90291

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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3. Victorian Houses to Be Saving By Moving

Watch a fascinating manifestation of historic preservation in action this week in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Two Victorian houses will be moved from their current location on Royal Street in University Park to Portland Street in the West Adams/University Park community. They are being relocated by USC to “meet the needs of new residents” and also “support the character of the University Park HPOZ by infilling historic homes.” Beginning at midnight Wednesday night, July 22, and continuing until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, July 22, the first of two turn-of-the-century Victorian cottages will be moved. The second Victorian will be moved one day later, on July 23, in the same time frame.

When: Wednesday, July 22 – Midnight-6:00 AM; Thursday, July 23 – Midnight-6:00 AM

Where: 3018 Royal Street, Los Angeles  and 3024 Royal Street. They will  be moved to 2350 Portland Street.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jim Childs of the West Adams Heritage Association on  213/747-2526

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4. Evening Walks

Join Bob Inman, founder of Guide to the Stairways of Los Angeles, this Thursday (weather permitting) as he leads an evening stroll around the Silver Lake. Along with being able to check out our soon-to-be-drained Silver Lake Reservoir, this walk is a great opportunity to check out some of LA’s steep stairways. Next week’s Night Walk will be on the West Side, in Santa Monica’s Tongva Park.

When: Thursday July 23, 2015 6:30-9:30 PM

Where: Metro Red Line – Vermont/sunset Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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5. 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition 

In the event you need an extra incentive to check out the newly renovated Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park, the annual juried exhibition of emerging Socal artists opens this Sunday. The exhibition, juried by Peter Frank, art professor, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez, former executive director of Self-Help Graphics, features works of over 80 artists selected from over 850 works of art submitted and across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts as well as four installations.

When: July 26-September 20, 2015

Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Located at Barnsdall Park 4800 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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Also, don’t forget that KCRW is out and about this week, with Summer Nights performances at the Hammer Museum, Santa Monica Pier and the Annenberg Space For Photography’s outdoor park. Take your pick from Dam Funk and Martin Luther, Cubanismo, TV On The Radio and station DJs including Raul Campos, Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto.

And on Friday, July 24, Madeleine Brand of KCRW’s “Press Play” will moderate a conversation about “Work on Work: Projective Histories of Los Angeles as Workplace.” That’s from 5:30-7:30pm at the new A+D Museum (900 E 4th Street, Los Angeles) and accompanies an opening reception of  an exhibition by cityLAB-UCLA and Gensler LA. #LAWorkonWork