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Art Tours

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We visit amazing local and regional locations - galleries, museums, studios, shops, and more - typically on the first Wednesday of each month.

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - MOCA LA The Grand Photo by Elon Schoenholz, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - MOCA LA The Grand Photo by Brian Forrest, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - MOCA LA Brassai Arbus Goldin

In the spring of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  There are three distinct venues of the MOCA located in Los Angeles - MOCA Grand AvenueThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center - as well as Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative located in the Nevada desert.

MOCA Grand Avenue hosted Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, an exhibition which brought together the works of three of the most influential photographers of modern life.  

Our tour participants greatly enjoyed viewing the works drawn from MOCA’s extraordinary collection of photography, and were fascinated by how these photographers used the camera to reflect and transform the world around them.  Look at these sites for Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), Diane Arbus, and Nan Goldin to share that fascination.

The MOCA Grand Avenue location, designed by architect Arata Isozaki, is always a wonderful place to visit; it hosts the museum's main galleries and is the flagship location of the museum store.

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THE BROAD, LOS ANGELES

Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - The Broad The Broad, Los Angeles - photo by Iwan Baan
2018 Art Tours - Rebecca in Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room at The Broad Rebecca Stebbins takes in YAYOI KUSAMA's INFINITY MIRRORS at The Broad in Los Angeles

In the winter of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured The Broad, a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  The museum was named for philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections. 

The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, was the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.  

The Broad was the only California museum to host the exhibition.   Excerpt from artnet.com news: "The exhibition, surveying seven decades of the 87-year-old artist’s output, will feature no fewer than a half-dozen of her massively popular installation works, reports the Los Angeles Times. The so-called “infinity rooms,” consisting of mirrored rooms with strings of LED lights hanging from the ceilings, have drawn crowds around the world, with art lovers lining up for hours for a brief visit."

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WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES

Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - Walt Disney Concert Hall Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Art Tours - Marty Rebecca and Ellen at Walt Disney Concert Hall Marty Selfridge, Rebecca Stebbins, and Ellen Johnson enjoy Frank Gehry's sculpture “A Rose For Lilly" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

In the spring of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, this iconic facility seats over 2,200 people and was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota. 

There are many things to see and experience on a visit there; click HERE for more details.  For example, hidden away in the rooftop Blue Ribbon Garden is a sculpture of a rose also designed by Frank Gehry.  He titled the sculpture “A Rose For Lilly” as a tribute to Mrs. Lillian Disney, who loved music and flowers.  The concert hall was conceptualized to resemble a bowl of roses, and so this sculpture fountain is a compliment to that vision.

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Events

  • Sep 05 Wed

    ART TOUR - Raoul Textiles

    Raoul Textiles - 05SEP18 - artist approved image

    Raoul Textiles store is part workshop, part showroom presenting hand printed Belgium linen textiles and a thoughtfully curated selection of accessories for the garden and home.

  • Oct 03 Wed

    ART TOUR - Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

    ART TOUR - 20181003 - Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara - approved image

    Private tour of the exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee featuring a sprawling installation of paintings, drawings, and sculptural objects.

  • Nov 07 Wed

    ART TOUR - Sara Woodburn Printmaking Studio

    ART TOUR - Sara Woodburn Printmaking Studio - 07NOV18 - approved image

    Sara Woodburn is a visual artist and printmaker who concentrates specifically on the technique of woodcut block printing.
    She will host us on a journey through her studio!

  • Dec 05 Wed

    ART TOUR - The Arts Fund

    ART TOUR - The Arts Fund - Dug Uyesaka - 20181205 - approved image

    Well-known and well-loved homegrown artist Dug Uyesaka will present his collages and speak to us about the method behind his madness when creating these masterpieces.