‘MOCA Contemporaries’ membership drive this Tue…

The MOCA CONTEMPORARIES invites you to an exciting night of art meets fashion.

DATE: THIS Tuesday, June 16, 7-9pm
PLACE: Catherine Malandrino Maison (651-653 N. La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills)

Please RSVP asap to: mocacontemporaries2008@gmail.com

Guests can expect cocktails, appetizers and music from DJ L. Croskey of Bitter:Sweet and live painting from Michael Pukac in the courtyard of the beautiful surroundings of the Catherine Malandrino Maison cafe/boutique. Please join us to learn more about the MOCA Contemporaries and all we do for the MOCA and how you can become a member.

The MOCA Contemporaries: One of the Southland’s premier cultural support organizations, the MOCA Contemporaries provide financial support for the museum through a variety of fundraising programs, and cultivate future leadership for MOCA by nurturing the next generation of art collectors and community leaders.

More details on the event location here:

Get ready for this weekend (Culver City, Miracle Mile, Santa Monica Auctions)…

ARTWALK Culver City / Sat, May 30th 12noon – 8pm
This free, self-guided tour of local art galleries and exhibition spaces is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, 89.9 KCRW – the official Public Radio Sponsor – and LA Weekly with continued participation from The MOCA Contemporaries of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). ARTWALK Culver City opens the doors of the area’s art galleries to introduce a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artist spaces of Culver City. This event especially celebrates the Culver City Art District, a cluster of galleries exhibiting new and distinguished artists, which is located where Washington and La Cienega Boulevards intersect. The event will also feature live jazz, performed by the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, in the Culver City Art District. Dozens of restaurants and cafes will be open in Downtown Culver City and the Culver City Art District during the event and the Green Truck, serving healthy, gourmet organic food in a fast and efficient way, will be parked on the east end of the Culver City Art District.
Over forty galleries will be open from 12noon to 6pm and selected galleries will remain open until 8pm that evening. Culver CityBus will offer an ARTWALK Bus Pass and a special shuttle bus on the day of the event.
Please contact the Culver City Cultural Affairs Hotline at 310.253.5716 or log onto http://www.culvercity.org/cultural/artwalk.asp for more information on ARTWALK Culver City. The MOCA Contemporaries, one of Los Angeles’s premier cultural support organizations, is MOCA’s council for young professionals who raise funds and develop future leadership for the museum. For more information on The MOCA Contemporaries, log onto http://www.moca.org/contemporaries.

Art Walk 2009 / Sat, May 30th 12noon – 8PM

Muse, LACMA’s membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts, in partnership with the Miracle Mile Art Walk, will present Art Walk 2009 on Saturday, May 30th. Enjoy free admission to LACMA, The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum from 12pm-8pm, followed by a fantastic after party at the El Rey Theater featuring live music, dancing, and complimentary drinks.

For more information, with downloadable maps, a full schedule of events, plus tickets to the after party, visit lacma.org/muse.

Santa Monica Auctions Annual Live Public Fine Art Auction

Sunday, May 31, 2009 starting at 1pm

Robert Berman Gallery [Gallery C2 + D5] in the Bergamot Station Art Center @ 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Auctions is holding it’s 25th Anniversary Modern and Contemporary Art Auction on Sunday, May 31st, starting at 1pm at Bergamot Station Arts Center. Beginning in 1984, SM Auctions has been continuously offering important works for both the beginning art collector as well as the most sophisticated connoisseur collector. Santa Monica Auctions feature the work of both mid-career and established artists of all mediums including modern and contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, multiples and prints. Last year’s sale was highlighted with unique works by Ed Ruscha, Banksy and Ed Moses. This year’s collection is shaping up to include amazing works by Art Luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein. Highlights from this sale also include important works by historically important beat artist Wallace Berman, famed street artist Chaz, unique pieces by Chris Burden, a vast collection of very early and rare Raymond Pettibon original drawings from the 1980’s-1990’s, prints by masters Henri Mattisse and Pablo Picasso, and contemporaries Bruce Nauman and Shepard Fairey. Unlike other auction houses, SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS will take significant works for consignment right up until the date of the sale so there are always last-minute surprises.

Live previews are ongoing now in their galleries and the full catalogue can be viewed online at www.smauctions.com

‘Culver City INVASION’ coming up Sat, May 30th…

Thinkspace is proud to present:

‘Culver City INVASION’

May 30th 12 Noon – 8PM

During the 4th Annual ARTWALK Culver City

With special support from:
Citizen LA / MOCA Contemporaries / Grolsch

‘Pop Up’ Gallery Location during ARTWALK Culver City:
8542 Washington Blvd. (just a couple doors west of Corey Helford & Cerasoli)

* A portion of the proceeds raised will go to benefit the MOCA Contemporaries

With featured artist:

Alongside works from:
Acorn, Allison Sommers, Anthony Clarkson, Anthony Pontius, ARMSROCK, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros, Camilla d’Errico, Catherine Brooks, Cherri Wood, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Damon Soule, Dan-ah Kim, David MacDowell, Dennis Hayes IV, ELBOW-TOE, Erik Siador, Fafi, Fumi Nakamura, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, G.R.L., Hannah Stouffer, Joao Ruas, John Antoski, Joshua Mays, KMNDZ, Lilly Piri, Matthew Feyld, Microbo, Nathan DeYoung, Paul Barnes, Peter Taylor, Rebecca Hahn, Reuben Rude, Seth Armstrong, Skewville, Stella Im Hultberg, Timothy Karpinski, Tony Philippou, Tran Nguyen, Turf One, Yosuke Ueno, Yuka Yamaguchi, & Zach Johnsen

PLUS a live painting demonstration featuring:
Mear One – Asylm – Nathan DeYoung – Anthony Clarkson – Michael Pukac – Michael Alvarez – Zoso – Jesse Hotchkiss + more TBC

PLUS a poetry slam @ 4PM:
With ‘Mike The Poet’ & friends

PLUS beats curated by:
Mr. Numberonederful

Cheech Marin led tour at LACMA…

Last weekend we headed down to LACMA for a special event put on by the MOCA Contemporaries where Cheech Marin led us through his special exhibit Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections from the Cheech Marin Collection

The Cheech Marin collection is notable for classic examples of Chicano art produced from the inception of the Chicano movement to the present, with a concentration in painting from the 1980s and 90s. This exhibition includes a number of widely exhibited works by such first-generation Chicano artists as Carlos Almaraz, Margaret Garcia, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Frank Romero, John Valadez, and Patssi Valdez, as well as works by such younger artists as Vincent Valdez and David Flury

Cheech’s passion for the work on display was contagious. We walked away from this special talk/tour inspired and amped up for the week ahead. His collection is just amazing and the way he has used his celebrity to help the careers of several artists and a scene/movement as a whole is something many in Hollyweird should learn from…
Shown below, Cheech in front of Vincent Valdez’ work – by far one of the most amazing works in the exhibit.