During the era of urban renewal, construction of the interstate highway system and suburban flight, Lawrence Halprin wanted to breathe new life into cities. His landscapes were meant to suggest the rugged wilderness of nature.
This week, you can: learn about the landscape ‘choreography’ of Lawrence Halprin; see the embellished Southern California version of Spanish Colonial Revival; spend the weekend at Watts Towers; parade through car-free streets in Santa Monica; and explore Cuban culture, low and high-tech.
This week, you can: join a conversation at the intersection of surfing, writing and art; see how Michigan made its mark on Modernism; go to a dinner party at a Mid-century gem in the Hollywood Hills or a Masquerade Ball to mark Culver City’s 100th birthday; also, view the “POPcalyptic” art of D*Face, an exhibition that transcends borders and one that explores colors that you can taste and smell.
Billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen has likened his planned research center and think tank in the Santa Monica Mountains to a secular monastery. Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron is designing it. What is the Berggruen Institute, will the neighbors welcome it and what’s the thinking behind the spheres?
This week, you can: explore Latin American influences in Los Angeles art; get to know the unique narratives behind Grand Park and other Rios Clementi Hale Studios projects; check out the new Institute of Contemporary Art LA; see four artists’ expressions of life in L.A.; go to an opening of sculptures with an inner story of material, intention and fabrication.