Project of the Day—The Los Angeles Review of Books is one of our favorite places to read about books (we read a lot about books), so it’s only natural that we’d be excited to see a publication featuring the writing of LARB’s interns. Think of it as them showing what they learned, or just think of it as a bunch of interesting writing on interesting subjects like David Lynch’s Los Angeles, which can’t ever be explored enough.
We’re excited to announce that the Kickstarter Film Fest is coming to Los Angeles on September 12! Join us for an evening of film, food, art, music, tech, and other Angeleno eccentricities — all made with Kickstarter.
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is looking to restore this space-themed mural to its full glory. It’s called “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo” and it was made by artist John Wehrle for the 1984 Olympic games. It’s been covered up for a long time to keep it preserved, but the MCLA wants to change that. They’re our Project of the Day.
Beautiful photos from Anna Musso’s Run Fast
The Made Collection is a line of practical household objects designed and produced in Los Angeles.
After creating several acclaimed products for a variety of companies and purposes, Made marks the first in-house project by up-and-coming designer David Okum. These functionally beautiful goods are the Project of the Day.
In just five years, the Cinefamily has become a staple of LA’s film landscape.
This nonprofit move house injected new life into the historic Silent Movie Theater, bringing exhaustive retrospectives, crazy found-footage festivals, awesome midnight movies, and a slew of indie premieres to a passionate audience.
Now the cinema is raising funds to finally update their hand-built theater for a new century. This silver screen dream is our Project of the Day.
ISO a hero.
Writer/director Jay Duplass set out to find Kevin Gant, a storied musician who disappeared nearly 20 years ago.
The resulting documentary, Kevin, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in May, and the film is now available to stream on Netflix.
Never Built: Los Angeles explores the landscape of unrealized projects designed for LA.
A mixture of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure fantasies that never left the drawing board, this exhibition will include work from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry, and many others.
LA’s Architecture and Design Museum created a Kickstarter project to help fund the exhibition, which is finally within reach after two years of research.
Located just a stone’s throw from Hollywood, Young Projects incubates and exhibits motion pictures of a different stripe.
This artist-run gallery is one of the few in the country devoted entirely to video and digital media, creating an essential venue for experimental work in the belly of the entertainment industry. Faced with a daunting budget gap and an exciting slate of 2013 programming, the gallery’s founder created a Kickstarter project to gauge the interest of the Los Angeles arts community.
We’re happy to report that Young Projects just exceeded its goal, promising another year of innovative artwork in the digital realm for Angelenos and beyond.
In 1984, the city of Los Angeles invited ten renowned artists to create original artworks for public display in honor of that year’s Olympic Games. The finished murals became a great source of civic pride, but the intervening decades saw them fall into heavy despair. Enter The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, a coalition of artists, public art advocates, and city officials that set about meticulously restoring these massive pieces of public art. Above, you can see them at work on Glenna Avila’s “L.A. Freeway Kids” — check out more on their Kickstarter page.
The Reuben Truck, Los Angeles.
Last year, Jeff Wedner created Reuben Sandwich Co and toured LA Food Festivals, hawking his freshly made sandwiches to hungry locals and winning himself a loyal, hungry fan base. “Where can we get these all the time?!” they wanted to know. Well, guys. The answer is now on Kickstarter.
"One of the most influential woodwind players to come out of Chicago’s AACM movement of the mid-’60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a brilliant and adventurous improviser, and founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He’s also an acclaimed composer of new music and is currently the “Distinguished Darius Milhaud Professor of Composition” at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
…Roscoe’s trio with percussionist William Winant and woodwind player James Fei will perform a new piece that Roscoe has written for the occasion. In addition, percussionist Alex Cline will lead an all-star ensemble in a special performance of Roscoe’s landmark composition People in Sorrow, featuring eleven distinguished musicians including saxophonist Oliver Lake, vocalist Dwight Trible, pianist Myra Melford, harpist Zeena Parkins, and bassist Mark Dresser.”
Last Call, y’all! We’ve got big ole girl crush on Shira Loa, a veteran metalsmither who’s prepping for her October gallery show at Dialect in Los Angeles. There’s ONE DAY LEFT on her dope exhibition project, Tangible Growth in Metal Sculpture.
From the smithstress:
Sometimes I call my sculptures “cocoons”, “flowers”, “mushrooms” and “branches,” though really, they are all and none of these things. My pieces do not replicate, but reference organic forms, allowing me to abstract shapes I appreciate in the natural world in order to communicate the joy that they inspire in me; the feelings they evoke put into form. It’s my own kind of botany, with its references known and unknown.
For the Dialect show, I am trapping these metallic organisms, creating diorama worlds for them to live within, to offer viewers a fixed window through which to view the pieces. Shadowboxes, frames and pedestals that I fabricate out of steel, found objects and embedded LED lights will give my lissome sculptural creatures the home and purpose they need. Every part of the dioramas will be designed as part of the artwork.