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SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Levitated Mass Public Dedication
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
LACMA CEO Michael Govan, LACMA board co-chair Terry Semel, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will lead a public dedication ceremony to officially open LACMA’s new permanent installation Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer. Attendees will be able to walk under this 340-ton boulder through a 456 foot long concrete slot that descends 15 feet deep with the granite megalith suspended overhead. Free museum admission from June 24 to July 1, 2012 for residents in zip codes along the boulder transport route.
Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)
This day long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer. Pieces will explore ideas embodied by the observatory including astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, and cosmology. The two day event will feature lectures, film screenings, music performances, and more.
Lou Beach: Pictures & Stories and Jay Willis: Ring of Fire
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for two shows. Lou Beach’s Pictures & Stories will feature new and recent collages by the illustrator, author and artist. Jay Willis’ Ring of Fire will feature a welded steel sculpture on display in the gallery’s garden. Both shows on view through August 5, 2012.
Jack Goldstein x 10,000
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
Opening day of a retrospective featuring the work of artist Jack Goldstein, a central figure in the Postmodern movement of the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition includes two immersive installations, 20 of Goldstein’s films produced from 1971 to 1983, 22 paintings, a selection of 18 records with listening stations, and selected writings. On view through September 9, 2012.
Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
This three day design expo will feature lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Tickets are available online.
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this performance will bring a chorus of collaborators together for a performance that meditates on bodies absorbed in stillness. Performers will act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation. Free tickets are required for admission to this event and are available upon arrival.
Mashup: Downtown, Ramps, Victorians, Freeways and More
Locations Vary (Downtown)
This walking tour, presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, will start downtown with ramps and passages, move into stairways through Angelino Heights and Echo Park, hit Elysian Park, and then head along freeway passages to the LA River. The walk will be roughly 12 miles total, with various points of exit along the route.
Levitated Mass (installation of), Michael Heizer, 2012. Courtesy of LACMA.