Archive for May, 2012

Day Three in LA

What a busy but great day we had today. First we headed to The Hammer Museum to visit with Sue Bell Yank. She informed us about the different types of residencies at the Hammer and also her position. She was very enthusiastic about her job and seemed to love working with college students in her educational role. I personally enjoyed meeting her as she was interested in socially based artists and projects that are similar to my career goals.

Next it was off to meet with David Eng of the Machine Project. I think we all loved this artist based group. They are this very fun, open, creative, awkward, new, creative ideas group. David informed us about their past projects: Dog Opera, Babies Project, and House Plant Vacations! We were all inspired to just have a bit more fun and involve the community it all we do.

Next, we dropped by the Thomas Solomon Gallery and viewed the work and also spoke briefly with the staff. This gallery is located near Chinatown. It was interesting to learn from the gallerists who help to influence the art market.

The Broad Art Foundation. We visited with Ed Schad and he personally showed us the private collection. The artist ranged from Mark Bradford to Anslem Kiefer and Richard Prince. Mr. Shad was very knowledgeable about the collection and the various artists. I enjoyed hearing about his personal interactions with the artists.

Finally, it was off to The Getty to hear the lecture “Endless Summer” given by artist and educator Peter Plagens. He spoke Summer is a season for childhood. In his lecture compared the season of Fall to the structure of art while Summer artwork can be used/viewed in art to be more free and open.

Day 2: Mountain Lions, LACMA, and Great Art From All Over The World

Today was excellent! We started off the day by with the best cupcakes in the world and a mountain lion adventure in the heart of Santa Monica before we even saw any art! After our all of this how can you have a bad day?!? the first art experience was doubly exciting as we had the opportunity to tour Bergamot Station, also in Santa Monica. Bergamot Station is a collective of galleries and dealers and artist. This center of art is well know along the west coast and was home to works by Larry Sultan, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Lillian Bassman and Michael Kalish and many more. This introduction to the gallery scene and in southern California has been a great opportunity for all of us!

 

After our morning in Santa Monica we headed into LA for a meeting with Tushara Bindu Gude, Associate Curator of South and South East Asian Art at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)! Bindu Gude was great! She gave us a behind the scenes tour of the museum including pulling out some painted manuscripts from the 16th century and a personal talk about the South and South East Asian Exhibition!  We were able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring all of the nooks and crannies of LACMA! Including works by artist like Robert Adams, Daido Moriyama, and Chris Burden!

 

LACMA was a great experience we are all excited and ready another day!

 

Until next time!

 

Tom

Day 1 of Maymester: Plexi Plexi Plexi

Today’s Agenda: Laguna Beach Artwalk, 302 Gallery
NOTES: – Working on the CV- Ben Beardy:Study the gallery’s past exhibitions before submitting a portfolio for a show at the venue. Is it likely for them to show your exhibition?- Think about the viewer: Do you change your work in order to sell?- Pricing your work, don’t change your price once you set it.-Another artist from Iceland also working with acrylic!

Beach! Frozen Yogurt! and Mexican food! Good Day!