Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big City Forum presents Attunement


Opens November 1, 2014
Panel Discussion 4–6PM
Reception 6–8PM

Attunement pays tribute to artists who function on multiple frequencies. They flow through worlds, above boundaries, under surfaces, around obstacles, and inhabit the spaces in-between. We define their work as exceptionally rich, layered, complex, and in some ways “off the charts.” They communicate on multiple channels. In order to appreciate the messages fully, we must “tune in” to the ranges of expression that continue infinitesimally through space and time. We bring together an expansive show of paintings, photos, prints, text pieces, and video that are prone to resonate beyond ranges of audio and visual perception.

Co-Produced by Leonardo Bravo, River Jukes-Hudson, and David Shorter.

Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, educator, and the founder of Big City Forum, an interdisciplinary project highlighting creative practices across architecture, design, and contemporary art. BCF produces events in partnership with institutions such as the Skirball Cultural Center, Armory Center for the Arts, Otis Art Institute, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and LAX ART. Bravo is also Director of School Programs of the Music Center of Los Angeles, where he oversees the implementation of strategic arts education partnerships with districts and schools across Los Angeles County.

River Jukes-Hudson is an independent graphic designer who collaborates regularly with artists, curators, architects, writers, and other designers. She currently teaches Typography at Art Center College of Design. River co-directs Big City Forum with partner Leonardo Bravo.

David Shorter is a professor, filmmaker, curator, and consultant living and dying in LA. His areas of interest loosely overlap around ways of knowing through indigenous wisdom systems, the esoterica, and occult sciences. Dr. Shorter is currently Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Big City Forum: Creative Action #4

Eve Fowler, Billboard from it is so, is it so, 2014. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project: A LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) Exhibition
Big City Forum in conjunction with Otis' Creative Action program presents:

Location, Location, Location: The Decentralization of Art Activity
Shamim M. Momin
Aurora Tang
Asuka Hisa

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd
7:30 pm
Otis Auditorium

Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

Join Shamim M. Momin, Director/Curator/Founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and Aurora Tang, Managing Director, High Desert Test Sites; Program Manager, The Center for Land Use Interpretation in an open conversation moderated by Asuka Hisa, Director of Education and Public Programs, Santa Monica Museum of Art. This program is part of Big City Forum's series produced in conjunction with the Otis Art Institute's Creative Action program.