The Gala in the Garden at the Hammer this past weekend was magical. Matt Groening who is the creator of The Simpsons was given a very funny tribute by Neil Patrick Harris and artist Lari Pittman was honored by Christopher Knight. The Courtyard Installation by Jorge Pardo made for a very cozy atmosphere and gave all of my pictures at dinner an orange glow.
Frank Gehry with the Rodarte sisters
David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris & Bryan Lourd
Artist Jorge Pardo designed a courtyard lighting installation
Charles Mostov, Jamie Kabler & Helene Galen
Brooke Glassman Kanter, Adam Kanter & Annie Philbin
David Morehouse & Thao Nguyen
I'm only on my first blog and I can already see why Kathy Grayson with her fabulous blog Art from Behind www.artfrombehind.com is always complaining about cameras.
The show at the Hammer "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” really looks amazing. It will run from Oct 2, 2011 to January 8, 2012, with the official opening the night of the 1st of Oct.
Meanwhile, back at Royal/T we are saying goodbye to Party Animals and anticipating our new show, East Village West.
One of my passions is to share my love of art. Through Royal/T (Culver City, CA), I’ve taken my love for sharing art one step further bringing a cafe, retail and art space to life. It wasn’t magical to begin with. An old office building in Culver City—situated between the neighborhood’s art galleries and downtown restaurant row. The transition happened gradually. Magic was brought in by curators, artists, pop up chefs, and collaborators. Past shows include, ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ curated by KAWS; ‘In Bed Together’ curated by Jane Glassman, LACMA Acquisition Committee; ‘The Never Ending Story, Fairytale, Fantasy, Obsession’ curated by Laura Hoptman/MOMA, NYC; ‘The Warholian’ curated by Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.
Now, the space is magical. The venue serves as a forum to share the gift of Japanese art and culture with the local community in an accessible space that is affordable, inviting, and kid-friendly, reaching out to those who might be intimated by the idea of visiting a museum. After three years, eight shows, countless collaborations, engaging pop up shops and many tea parties it seems like the party is just getting started.
Seonna Hong, Retreat flys off the wall as we prepare for our new show.
Photo credit: Royal/T
The magical world of animals and art came to life with our Summer 2011 Party Animals show curated by electronic media artist Lindsay Scoggins. Her Wonderland Mafia video was selected as one of 25 winning entries in the 2010 Guggenheim’s YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video competition. The focal piece of Party Animals centered around Lindsay’s video of one of our magical maids, Chiyo, who brings art to life through an animated tea party. We make it our mission to encourage each guest to celebrate when the visit us, and with this show we wanted both adults and children alike to find their own inner party animal once they step through the doors of Royal/T.
We began the de-install of the show today. The art installers were fueled with tea and cupcakes and safely packed up Party Animals to prepare for our new show, East Village West, more on that later. Before the install began, this past weekend was a hint of the excitement to come this week in LA with two art fairs PULSE and Art Platform Los Angeles and the beginning of Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty.
East Village West curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf explores the punk rock-fueled creativity of the East Village looking out West for inspiration during the late 70’s. The show is in tandem with Pacific Standard Time. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Trying on a Patricia Fields head piece that will be for sale in Royal/T’s retail shop along with other East Village West inspired merchandise.
Photo credit: Royal/T