In a time before haunted house mazes and modern day Halloween…
In a time before film and photography…
Audiences hungered for horror-fueled entertainment, eagerly willing to pay anyone who would satisfy their needs to be scared for a night with friends.
And so there was the Phantasmagoria.
Here The Birds Burn is a revival of this early form of visual entertainment, meant to guide modern audiences into experiencing one of the first antecedents to today’s cultural love of all things macabre. The Phantasmagoria was a form of early horror theater. With the use of magic lanterns and optical illusions ghosts and other apparitions were conjured, the lines of science and magic were blurred, and life and death were explored through both spectacle and discussion.
Incorporating working authentic 18th & 19th century magic lanterns with hand painted glass slides, along with being joined by fellow period-era theater guests, this immersive performance, set in the 1830s, promises an evening of frightful delight. Performed at the Heritage Square Museum, guests will traverse through multiple Victorian-era historical homes throughout the performance.
AGCC proudly presents Bridging San Pedro: Visual Literacy as Community Practice, an exhibition that highlights the community’s relationships to the land and sea. Curated by jill moniz, this project extends visual literacy and action to empower community and place. Artists and community members come together to honor the past, articulate the complexities of the present and forge a visually communal, participatory language and making that bridges San Pedro. Artists June Edmonds, Cole James, Blue McRight, and Alexis Slickelman will exhibit…
2020 Adult Student Exhibition at Barnsdall Junior Arts Center Gallery Artist’s Reception, Friday, February 14, 2020, 6 to 9:00 p.m. Roaring 1920s or 2020 Themed Costumes Encouraged! Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee
LA #Unshuttered showcases the photography of young artists advocating for social justice. Featured are works by ten Los Angeles-based, high-school students who have been learning about, engaging in, and working for causes greater than themselves. Tuesdays – Thursdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Recent portrait-like paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are displayed adjacent to the historic Portrait Gallery at The Huntington. The installation of five of Yiadom-Boakye’s studies of fictional characters create a dialogue with The Huntington’s collection of highly formal 18th-century British portraits. Drawn from the world of found images and imagination, Yiadom-Boakye’s figures seem familiar but also mysterious. Mondays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Except Tuesdays) $25 weekdays / $29 weekends
Los Angeles–based artist Timothy Washington (b. 1946) has crafted a visionary display of mixed-media works in his Leimert Park residence for over fifty years. A prominent figure during the Black Arts Movement—a key moment in the 1960s and 1970s when African American artists and writers collectively celebrated black culture— Washington has been a pioneer of socio-politically charged work ever since, exhibiting both locally and nationally with renowned fellow artists, such as Charles White and David Hammons. In the late 1970s,…