For the past decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has been documenting famous macabre sites and researching our cultural relationship with death, producing two books, Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies, which have found great acclaim and a cult following. Those books were mostly confined to Europe, however. His forthcoming book, Memento Mori, will be his most ambitious, expanding his subject matter to a global level and presenting little known macabre sanctuaries in Asia, Africa, and South America. He will give a peek at the new material tonight in a special lecture for the Brand Library, taking the audience on a world tour, from burial caves in Indonesia to gilded corpses in Taiwan to skull festivals in Bolivia to decorated skeletons in Germany . . . the world’s most spectacular macabre sites will be opened up to the audience with a spectacular slideshow of his own photos.
Prospect Park Books will celebrate two recent publications at Future Studio Gallery: “100 Not-So-Famous Views of L.A.”–100 paintings by Barbara A. Thomason, inspired by Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Barbara has painted scenes that only locals might know–beautiful images and a great test for LA nerds. A selection from the originals will be on view. Plus, it’s publication day for “Drink: Los Angeles–The Beverage Lover’s Guide to Los Angeles.” It’s a companion book to Prospect Park’s popular “Eat: Los Angeles“ series. It’s North East Los Angeles’s Second Saturday Gallery Night, so there will be a lot of other galleries open. A great opportunity to check out Highland Park’s grooviness, and maybe start your holiday shopping with some LA-centric books and “Souvies of L.A.” at Chicken Boy’s Souvenir Stand inside the gallery.
Could this be the answer to the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart?
Come check it out–it’s Second Saturday Gallery Night in North East Los Angeles.
ALSO AT THE GALLERY IN SEPTEMBER:
CHICKEN BOY’S CHICKEN MUSEUM
It’s kind of incredible how much chicken-abilia there is in the world. Since this whole Chicken Boy thing started for us in 1984, people have been gifting us with chicken ephemera, and lots of it. We’ve unpacked a bunch of it and put it on display. Everything from wind-up toys to socks, booklets to figurines, and a lot more.
SOUVIES of L.A.
We are re-imagining the tiny and funny Chicken Boy Souvenir Stand and adding more L.A.-ish, Highland Park-ish, North East L.A.-ish, Golden State-ish, and Historic Route 66-ish souvenirs. We are endeavoring to source interesting, unique merchandise (amazingly not that easy to find), even producing some ourselves. “(Mostly) Cheep (Always) Cheerful Souvies of L.A.” is our slogan (prices start at 75¢). To start, we’ve got some postcards and pencils that we designed, and will be adding to the selection as we go. Abbreviated but regular hours and updated web shop coming soon too.
APRONS of the FUTURE
We’ve started designing aprons (we love aprons), and will have some sample ones available for you to check out. We also have a few denim market bags (heavy duty, and washable). A few stock apron designs will be available in the coming months at the Souvenir Stand and the updated web shop. Made in Highland Park.
ANTIQUE ASIAN BASKETS FOR SALE
We have acquired a bunch of large, beautiful antique Chinese & Japanese baskets that you can peruse and purchase at fantastically affordable prices. There are also some vases and other Asian décor items to browse.
Herman Schultheis was many things; engineer, photographer, archealogist, piano prodigy. A German immigrant who came to Los Angeles in 1937 with his New Jersey-born wife, Ethel, Herman embraced Los Angeles as his hometown, shooting over 6,000 photos of the city in the late 1930s. a period when he was briefly employed as an effects engineer for the Walt Disney Studio.
John Canemaker, author of The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic and Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the LAPL Photo Collection and editor of How We Worked, How We Played – Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s will read from their respective books and engage in conversation about the work of Herman Schultheis, followed by Q&A and book signing.
This free program is sponsored by Photo Friends LAPL and generously sponsored by Christy & Stephen McAvoy
Future Studio Gallery is hosting a Depressed Cake Shop Pop-up with art by Nancy Buchanan and cakes and pastries by whomsoever would like to donate (like you, perhaps). 100% of proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Northeast Wellness Center’s Positive Visions program.
Nancy Buchanan’s recent series continues her investigation of excesses in an age of income disparity, and the juxtaposition of desire vs. repulsion. Nancy will show photographic prints and screenprints of grey cakes and cupcakes.
The Northeast Wellness Center is an LA county dept. serving stakeholders and community partners in providing clinically competent, culturally sensitive, and linguistically appropriate mental health services to clients in the least restrictive manner possible. Their North East LA office is a neighbor of the gallery.
The Depressed Cake Shop is an all-volunteer pop-up concept, conceived by Emma Cakehead in the UK, selling grey-colored cakes and other baked goods with the purpose of raising awareness about mental health issues. More than 30 Depressed Cake Shops have popped up all over the world—from Scotland to San Francisco since the first shop opened in Aug. 2013.
The variably named and numbered Pacific Coast Highway spans 1,700 miles from Canada to Mexico. Seventy-five of those create a dramatic drive through Los Angeles County, showcasing the iconic cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, South Bay, San Pedro and Long Beach. Past scenic seascapes and famous beaches, “PCH” has become over the decades a symbol for Southern California coastal life, encompassing pleasure piers and amusement parks, surfing, yachting and other water sports. No longer just a road, PCH is a ribbon of destinations and the byway through the California dream. Ride with author Carina Monica Montoya via vintage images from the California Department of Transportation and new photos by John Moss through this remarkable road’s history and the picturesque coastal communities it serves.
Photographer Kevin McCollister presents images from his series, East of West LA.
“East of West LA is an ongoing project, now in its eighth year. Without quite realizing it, I’ve taken on the task of refuting the exhausted caricature of Los Angeles as a city of laid-back pleasure-seekers with photographs of Hispanic grandmothers, bridges over the sluggish L.A. River, neon apartment signs, storefront churches, and more. What started off as a whim has grown into a serious commitment resulting in gallery shows, widespread Internet coverage, and my book, East of West LA.”
Spend an afternoon shopping for fabric the first day, then learn to construct a unique garment on a human form on the next. Students who take part in both workshops will get a full day of stapling and draping instruction, followed by personal guidance on pattern making and sewing your garment. Class is taught by LAVA Visionary A. Laura Brody.
Part One: Fabric day- Saturday, May 17th, 11:30 AM- 3:30 PM. $15
Part Two: Drape and Sew- Sunday, May 18th, 10 AM- 4 PM. $45
Try both parts and save! It’s $50 for both workshops.
Day 1 – Fabric day! We’ll meet at 11:30 AM in LA’s garment district in front of Michael Levine, the enormous fabric depot. There’s cheap parking off of 9th Street and Maple near the store.
Michael Levine has a main store, a home decor store across the street and The Loft upstairs where all fabric is $2.50 a pound. After Michael Levine’s, we will check out some favorite nearby fabric shops. For those who can’t get enough shiny, right off of 8th Street is Berger Beads Specialty, home of all that is sparkly.
Day 2 – Stapling, draping and sewing day! We’ll meet at 10 AM at EVE Studio, 3923 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020 Suite #211. Parking is tricky but free on Sundays.
We’ll drape and staple in the morning, then clean up the patterns and sew in the afternoon. Students will create garments on each other and finish them by the end of the day.
Staplers, staples, scissors, pins, thread, extra fabrics, an ironing board and iron, an overlock machine and 2-3 sewing machines will be provided. If you have a portable sewing machine, please bring it along! That way, no one has to wait for a machine.
Los Angeles through the Lens of Chuck Boyd 1965-1969
Photographer Chuck Boyd was embedded in the Los Angeles rock & roll scene of the 1960s. A professional photographer, he left behind a collection of nearly 30,000 images of music legends spanning two decades. His photo collection is now overseen by Jeff Schwartz and Chuck’s siblings.
Jeff is an award-winning teacher, author, and music historian. He will share images from Chuck’s archives, discuss “rock & roll archaeology,” and talk about Chuck’s life and the challenges of directing a photo archive.
This free talk is a repeat performance of Jeff’s 2013 standing room only presentation, presented by Photo Friends of the LAPL and generously sponsored by Christy & Stephen McAvoy
Cloaked in mystery and, until modern times, available only to the elite, the orange has been known as the fruit of the gods and a symbol of health, wealth, and love. The dream of California, since its discovery by Europeans, has been that it is a place of plenty, of potential, of personal opportunity. When the orange and California were finally linked, their partnership created a compelling fantasy and a fantastic reality. The Orange and the Dream of California takes a lively, literary, and extraordinarily visual look at the symbiotic relationship between the Golden State and its “golden apple.” The orange became a symbol of everything California promised, and California became the center of the Orange Empire. “The orange and California have built upon one another for hundreds of years,” explains author David Boulé, “crafting a vision that appeals to our universal desire for beauty, health, enchantment, and reinvention.” Books will be available for purchase and personally signed by the author.
LA in Focus is a free lecture series presented by Photo Friends of the LAPL and generously sponsored by Christy & Stephen McAvoy photofriends.org