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Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

General Admission: Free

Stand up and speak out! Learn to make a picket sign using hand-drawn graphics, a clear and clever message, and the transformative power of art. Admission is free, the workshop is open to all ages, and supplies are provided.

Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign is presented by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Big Draw LA. The Big Draw is an annual celebration of the act of drawing, which creates participatory opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us look more closely, think more creatively, and have fun in the process. Ryman Arts launched the inaugural Big Draw LA in October 2010. By 2011, the events more than doubled with over 10,000 Angelenos drawing during the month-long initiative. 


Generous support for this program has been provided by The Neeley Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

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Exhibition Related
Citizen Cultures: Bread Bake and Sustainable Food Panel

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

General Admission: $15
Family Members and above: $10
Individual/Artist/Student/Senior Members: $10
Partner Members: $10

Sean Starowitz, Michael O’Malley, and Ron Finley invite you to a panel discussion and live bread bake celebrating local food systems, self-sustainability, and Los Angeles’ cottage industry—a growing network of bakers, jam makers, gardeners, and other home kitchen entrepreneurs. Participants join Starowitz, O’Malley, and Finley as they bake and break bread using O’Malley’s whimsical mobile bread oven, a nomadic project that is part sculpture, part shared experience. Breads will be made with cultures from various Los Angeles ethnic communities, such as challah, naan, and many more. Breads, spreads, and refreshments are included with $15 entry ($10 for SMMoA members). Event partners include Good Eggs LA and the Los Angeles Bread Bakers (LABB). 

Bring your student ID for reduced ($5) entry. 

10:00 am – Noon: Panel with Sean Starowitz, Michael O’Malley, Ron Finley

Noon – 2:00 pm: Bread Bake

Starowitz and O’Malley are contemporary artists based in Kansas City and Los Angeles, respectively. Their diverse practices intersect at bread making as a means of social, political, and community engagement. Ron Finley is a fashion designer and guerilla gardener from South Central L.A. He co-founded L.A. Green Grounds to plant vegetable gardens in abandoned lots and traffic medians throughout low-income neighborhoods. 

Sean Starowitz is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute (2010). He currently resides in Kansas City as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bready Company. His recent projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC; Byproduct: The Laundromat; The Speakeasy; and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant enterprise. He works in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts and is currently a 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.

Michael O’Malley lives and works in Los Angeles and the Catskills, New York. He received a BA form the University of Notre Dame, a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an MFA from Stanford University. His current work practice focuses on ideas about social practice, community, and sustainable art practice. He grows wheat and takes his mobile bakery on the road for workshops and performances.

Ron Finley is known as the guerilla gardener of South Central Los Angeles. In his 2013 TED Talk, which has over 2 million views to date, Finley explains that he plants vegetable gardens in his community as an act of beauty, an act of defiance, and a desperate act to combat a situation where “drive-throughs are killing more people than drive-bys.” Finley also designs for his clothing company the Dropdead Collexion, and collects African-American entertainment memorabilia. He helped found L.A. Green Grounds in 2010. 

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Presented in conjunction with SMMoA’s current exhibition, Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, which celebrates the power of art to spark dialogue, create new modes of civic engagement, and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed. 

Generous support for this program has been provided by The Neeley Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

Citizen Culture Artists and Architects Shape Policy SMMoA exhibition
Brian Weil and Moshe Ninio Opening Reception

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015

Guest curator Stamatina Gregory and visual literacy pioneer Philip Yenawine lead a walkthrough of Brian Weil, 1979-95: Being in the World, carving out a space for engagement and discussion within a body of work that, by design, complicates the relationship between photographer, subject, and viewer. Gregory is an independent curator and critic, whose years of research on Weil’s oeuvre uncovered rare and previously unidentified self-portraits and brought his final, unfinished transgender project to light. Yenawine—an activist, longtime friend of the artist, and co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)—has been at the front lines of the fight for arts education, expanded visual literacy, and intentional looking for two decades.