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.
Visual Artist Bernard Hoyes is pleased to present “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolor paintings that speaks to the ecological life of the Desert. The works evoke beauty and spirituality, ultimately observing the transformation of the land by climate change over the past ten years.
Join Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council President and Councilwoman, Sixth District; Council President Emeritus Herb J. Wesson, Jr.; and the Los Angeles City Council for the opening of the 2020 African American Heritage Month exhibition, Stand Up: The Art and Politics of Comedy, at the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Henry P. Rio Bridge Gallery in City Hall. The exhibition will honor past African American stand-up comedians and feature current African American comedians of achievement. In addition, local African American…
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.