A behind-the-scenes look at artists Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman creating work and finalizing their exhibition What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. On view November 21, 2013 to April 5, 2014.
Video by David Fenster
Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman: What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart is a spirited and collaborative exhibition on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art from November 21, 2013 to April 5, 2014. For this exhibition, Sone and Weissman have embarked on a particularly risky and rewarding endeavor: to build a mechanical ski lift stretching the length of the the Museum. Together they bring the rush of outdoor adventures and instinctual creative production to SMMoA, giving viewers a rare opportunity to reflect on otherwise fleeting experiences.
Video by Giorgio Carlevaro
INCOGNITO, Santa Monica Museum of Art's signature exhibition and benefit sale, features original artworks by 500+ contemporary artists. Experience the excitement of this legendary evening where seasoned art patrons and first-time collectors discover one-of-a-kind treasures. All artworks are the same size (10 x 10 inches) and are signed only on the back. Artists identities are revealed only after purchase.
INCOGNITO returns for its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 26, 2014! Visit smmoa.org/incognito for tickets and information.
Video by Diana Lundin, 2013
Park Studio takes interdisciplinary art education outside of the Santa Monica Museum of Art's walls and into the local community. Led by the Museum’s director of education and public programs, in collaboration with acclaimed contemporary artists, Park Studio guides high school students through hands-on art workshops, art history lessons, and field trips to important cultural sites each year during their Spring Break. Park Studio explores themes that combine art and urban life, and provides extraordinary extra-curricular opportunities to students free of charge. Read more about Park Studio: Tree House here.
Park Studio: Tree House will be open May 17 - October 5, 2014 in the Bergamot Station Arts Center parking lot. Please visit smmoa.org/programs for information on upcoming programs in the Tree House.
Project Director—Asuka Hisa, Director of Education and Public Programs
Project Partner—Knowhow Shop: Kagan Taylor, Justin Rice
Student Participants—Kaitlin Alfaro, Hunter Buckhorn, Zahari Dimitrov, Mina Dimitrova, Julio Escarce, Kathrine Gallegos, Sophia Grecco, Bradley Hijar, Amy Juarez, Chih Yu Lee, Ryan Lee, Mark Marin, Amayrany Mendoza, Kira Oikawa-Clark, Samuel Teleki, Sandor Teleki, Jordan Vazquez, and Jared Velázquez
Project Assistants—Adrienne White, Gracie Dixon, Ashanti Jones
Support for Park Studio has been generously provided by the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, the Barnwood Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Edison International, the Whittagy Fund at the California Community Foundation, and Kayne Capital Advisors Foundation. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
In-kind support was provided by Dr. Patricia Anawalt and Anawalt Lumber as well as Bergamot Café. Special thanks to Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, Santa Monica High School, Olympic High School, the Knowhow Shop, Dru Korab, and the Llano del Rio Collective.
For the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual Tour da Arts cultural bike tour, the museum organized a Bike Critter Drawing Contest. Participants were invited to draw an imaginative creature on a bike to capture the event's spirit of art, bikes, and fun. Participation is free and open to all ages.
Each submission was reviewed by the Museum's curatorial staff. Garrett Belmont's drawing, "Rabbit on a Bicycle," was the winning submission!
September 17, 2013
A discussion about the alchemy of public engagement in contemporary art.
Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, joins artists and Destroy All Monsters band mates Jim Shaw and Cary Loren to discuss their roles in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead project and its collision of public art, subcultural activity, and independent art practice. This conversation was part of SMMoA’s groundbreaking series A Collection of Ideas.
Mobile Homestead is a full-scale replica of Kelley’s suburban childhood home built on a lot behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The structure features a detachable mobile façade designed to provide social services on the fly, a ground floor that functions as a community gallery, and a labyrinthine basement that is not open to the public and reserved for what Kelley described as “private rites of an aesthetic nature.” The mobile façade’s voyage from downtown Detroit to the artist’s original home in the suburbs was recorded in Kelley’s final video works; Stevens shares excerpts from the videos and additional documentation of Mobile Homestead to contextualize the project and deepen the conversation.
Mike Kelley wrote of the Homestead: “This project blatantly makes a distinction between public art and private art, between the notions that art functions for the social good, and that art addresses personal desires and pleasure. Mobile Homestead does both; it is simultaneously geared toward community service and anti-social private sub-cultural activities. It has a public side, and a secret side.”
Mobile Homestead was commissioned by Artangel in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, LUMA Foundation and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
Audio by Adam Gunther about Wosk's exhibition.
A poignant discussion about aging gracefully and dying with aplomb, featuring experts on the winter of life. Speakers include: Tim Tattu (Artist and Registered Nurse, Oncology-Palliative Care, Cedars Sinai Medical Center), Glen Komatsu, MD (Chief Medical Officer, Providence TrinityCare Hospice), and Rie Nørregaard(Founder and CEO of Omhu—a design company that creates joyful products to support peoples abilities as they change throughout life).
A Collection of Ideas… is a series of conversations with some of today’s most innovative and creative minds to examine the important social, cultural, and political issues of our time.
How does pattern and ornament affect sensation and perception?
A conversation with artists Peter Shire and Samira Yamin, moderated by executive director, Elsa Longhauser, and the director of education and public programs, Asuka Hisa.
A live DJ mix of music and words, this performance explores the aesthetics of the crossfade. Crossfader is a multipart forum that features individuals who venture beyond the constraints of genre and style. “The crossfader is the toggle on a DJ mixer that allows you to move between the music on one input and the music on another. It lets you mix without erasing; combine without destroying—to juggle and sustain difference,” writes Kun.
J. Period is hailed as one of “the world’s top DJs” by The New York Times and recruited for remix and production work by Grammy-winners Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and The Roots. J. Period is one of the music industry’s most respected DJs/Remixers.
Josh Kun, writer, USC professor, and cultural polymath, joins SMMoA’s Collection of Ideas series as Resident Collector. Kun uses music as a magnet to attract, mix, and connect diverse communities.
Keltie Ferris provides context for her exhibition Doomsday Boogie at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, on view from January 18 through April 5, 2014.