Dialogs LA
Dialogs LA 2014
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
12 PM - State of the Arts: A Conversation About Collecting Contemporary Art, with Edward Goldman
Speaker: Edward Goldman, art critic and host of KCRW's Art Talk.
Moderator: Bruce Helander, Artist and Curator.
 


For twenty-five years, Edward Goldman has been art critic and host of Art Talk, a weekly program that airs prime-time Tuesday evenings during All Things Considered on LA's largest NPR affiliate, KCRW 89.9 FM. Goldman's Art Talk also is published weekly on The Huffington Post.
 

Bruce Helander is an artist, curator, and critic. He writes a regular column on the arts for The Huffington Post. He is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist. His work is in over fifty museum permanent collections, including LACMA, MOCA LA, SFMoMA, Whitney, and Guggenheim.
 
2 PM - Architect Harry Gugger: Art + Architecture: Building Museums for the Future
Introduction: Carlo Caccavale, Associate Director, American Institute of Architects Los Angeles
Speaker: Harry Gugger, Founder & Principal Harry Gugger Studio, Basel Switzerland
 

Designing a space for a public art collection is a complicated task. The building can be an art piece in itself, grow attendance and become a destination for tourism. But it has to stand the tests of time, house a collection in perpetuity, reflect the community and the collection it serves, and incorporate room for growth. Learn how some very different institutions are tackling these challenges and building museums of the future.
 
4 PM - James Magni: Magni Modernism
 
Join James Magni for a surprising conversation about how art, light, design, and spirituality have inspired and shaped his 25-year career. His highly sophisticated, modern home design is beautifully captured in his new book, Magni Modernism.
 

Originally trained as an architect, James Magni found his calling in residential interior design. He established Magni Design, Inc., in 1988 and launched Magni Home Collection, his furniture design studio, in 1996. He was named to Architectural Digest's prestigious Top 100 Designers list, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Veranda, Robb Report, and numerous other publications. While his frequent travels to international cities and remote locales continually provide inspiration for his designs, Magni lives and works in Los Angeles. Book signing to follow lecture.
Book signing to follow lecture
 
5:30 PM - Collecting Fashion/Making History: A FIDM Museum Perspective on the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
 
Kevin Jones, curator of the FIDM Museum, will discuss the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Book signing to follow lecture. 
 


Kevin Jones is curator of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles. He studied fashion design at FIDM and art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kevin joined the FIDM Museum as Collections Manager in 1999, and was appointed Curator in 2002 to oversee the Museum's 15,000-piece collection. His fashion and social history expertise encompasses the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis in haute couture. Kevin's diverse exhibitions cover Hollywood to high fashion. In 2009, he co-curated the Richard Martin Award-winning exhibition, catalogue, and documentary High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. Recently Kevin co-curated FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010, and co-authored the accompanying 380-page catalogue, which covers fashion history from 1800 to 2010. Kevin often presents papers at academic symposia and is sought after for interviews in newspapers and magazines, and on radio and television. Currently, he is working on the book First Class: Titanic's Women of Fashion (anticipated publication 2015).
 

 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
12 PM - Rediscovering Andy: A Hidden Treasure Trove of Warhol's Most Prolific Work
Speaker: Jim Hedges, Art Collector. Moderator: Bruce Helander, Artist and Curator
 
Andy Warhol exhibited his photographs in a gallery only once during his lifetime: in 1987, three weeks before his untimely death. Photography was at the core of Warhol's creative process, from his early use of a Times Square photo booth to the Polaroid Big Shot used at The Factory. However, it lacked widespread gallery and institutional support until collector James Hedges began amassing the world's largest private collection of Warhol's photos and exhibiting the works at galleries and institutions around the world during the past few years. Learn how and why these works were largely overlooked and underappreciated, and how the market for his works has exploded financially in the past decade during this presentation.
 

Jim Hedges is a private collector who has worked in the investment-banking world for twenty years. He was recently featured in The New York Times' Culture section. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Tom Delavan, and his two sons.
 

Bruce Helander is an artist, curator, and critic. He writes a regular column on the arts for The Huffington Post. He is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist. His work is in over fifty museum permanent collections, including LACMA, MOCA LA, SFMoMA, Whitney, and Guggenheim.
 
2 PM - The Impact and Evolution of Latin American Art in the United States
 
A panel of leading Latin American art experts discusses the impact, importance, and evolution of Latin American art in the United States. Panel includes representatives from Art Museum of the Americas, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museum of Latin American Art. Panel includes Andres Navia Director of The Art Museum of the Americas, Dermis de Leon, a Cuban Curator working currently in Germany, among others. Panel moderated by Marisa Caichiolo, President of Building Bridges Art Foundation.
 

Marisa Caichiolo was born in Argentina in the Province of Santa Fe in 1974. Her works have been showcased in Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, and Argentina, as well as in New York and Los Angeles within the United States. Marisa's work infuses elements of mysticism, with interests in ancestral colors and symbolism. Combining various techniques and styles, she often allows her work images and forms to fluctuate between realism and surrealism. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to work as a Color Designer for the film and entertainment industry. Marisa Caichiolo is the President of Building Bridges International Art Exchange Program and the Art Director of ADC Contemporary Art Gallery.
 
4 PM - Art and Technology Combine to Bring Van Gogh's Vision to Life
Panelists: Axel Rüger, Van Gogh Museum Director; Cliff Einstein, Emeritus Director of MOCA; and Richard Tackx, Sales & Marketing Director at Fujifilm Belgium NV
 
In a letter to his brother Theo, dated December 1882, Vincent Van Gogh wrote about a plan for making "prints for the people." Over a hundred years later, the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam, in association with Fujifilm Belgium, has made Van Gogh's vision a reality.

Why the museum decided to certify limited editions of Van Gogh's masterpieces and how this new technology will affect the world of art are topics that will be analyzed and discussed during this informative panel discussion.
 

Axel Rüger has been working as the director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam since April 2006. Rüger was selected to be a fellow in the first year of the newly created Clore Leadership Programme in 2004, an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation in the United Kingdom. Besides his responsibilities at the Van Gogh Museum, Axel Rüger also serves on the board of Stichting Praemium Erasmianum, Kunsten '92, Vereniging van Rijksgesubsidieerde Musea, the advisory board of the Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, Germany, The Steering Board of the Apeldoorn Conference, and The Economic Development Board: Tourism & Conferences. He is also member of the Selection Committee of the TEFAF Showcase and the Artistic Council of Foundation Vincent van Gogh Arles.
 

Richard Tackx is the Sales & Marketing Director at Fujifilm Belgium NV with more than 20 years of experience in the Imaging and Graphic Arts industry. Richard is responsible for a wide portfolio of products, including photo chemicals, pressroom chemicals, and digital printing for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He currently leads Fujifilm's Advanced Print Technology Centre, a European training and demonstration centre for Fujifilm's digital print solutions.
 

Cliff Einstein is the Founding Partner of Dailey and Associates where he has spent nearly five decades serving as Creative Director and CEO and is currently the Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). His private contemporary art collection has been recognized as one of the most prominent in the nation and has been featured in Australian Vogue, Art Review, Time Magazine, House and Garden, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Art and Antiques Magazine, crowning him as one of America's top 100 collectors.
 
5:30 PM - FEATURED PROGRAM: Hues of China Artists and Industry Leaders Behind China's Contemporary Art Scene
Panelists: He Gong, Artist and Heliang Qi, Artist and Gallery Owner
 
In recent years, China's contemporary art scene has flourished and is better known to the world than ever before. The LA Art Show, in partnership with the National Base For International Cultural Trade in Shanghai, will present this special exhibition on Chinese Contemporary art. Hues of China will be comprised of three elements: the power of the Emerging Generation; the state of Chinese Ceramics; and a selection of elite art galleries. The Hues of China program will also include a lecture featuring leading Chinese artist He Gong and prominent artist, ceramic collector, and gallery owner, Heliang Qi.
 

He Gong was born in Chongqing, China. He is a graduate of the Southwest University School of Fine Arts and has a Master's Degree from Sichuan Fine Art Institute. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his works are in numerous private and public collections. Solo and group exhibitions include National Gallery of Art and National Gallery of China in Beijing and 2011 Venice Biennale, as well as installations in Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.
 
 
Heliang Qi is a respected Chinese art expert, gallery owner, and collector. Considered a specialist in Chinese painting, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture, and modern compositions. He is the Chairman of the Suixuan Art Center and Founder of the Suixuan Gallery. He is the Curator of the Annual Shanghai Juvenile Ceramic Art Exhibition that aims to provide hands-on experience and deeper understanding of ceramic arts, and heavily involved in Youyu Li Ceramic Arts Exhibition and the Shanghai-School Painting and Calligraphy - Autumn Painting Exhibition. He is also working on several projects that promote cultural exchanges between artists.
 

 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
12 PM - Jewels: A Retrospective by Janet Zapata
 

Janet Zapata independent scholar and museum consultant specializing in jewelry and silver, discusses her work as a gem specialist, historian and author of The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1993); The Art of Zadora America's Fabergé(1999); The Jeweled Menagerie (2001) and The Jeweled Garden (2006) with Suzanne Tennenbaum; Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design (2004) with Amanda Vaill; and Symphony of Jewels: The Art of Anna Hu (2012). Book signing to follow lecture.
Book signing to follow lecture
 
1 PM - Los Angeles Contemporary Modernism in Pacific Standard Time, the International Impact of the 2011 Getty Art Museum exhibition and What Comes Next!
Panelists: Tobey C. Moss, Owner, Tobey C. Moss Gallery; Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director, Getty Research Institute; Peter Frank, Curator, Writer, Critic; and John Mason, renowned ceramic artist. 
 
This panel will showcase primary experts on the origination and future of art and artists of California. Gallery Owner Tobey C. Moss; Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director of the Getty Research Institute; and Peter Frank, Curator and Critic will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the art movement over the last several decades.
 

John Mason is a contemporary American artist. Mason is a graduate of the Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute. From very early on, Mason's work focused on exploring the physical properties of clay and its extreme plasticity. Mason is recognized for his focus and steady investigation of mathematical concepts relating to rotation, symmetry, and modules as well as his formal innovation with the ceramic medium.
 

Andrew Perchuk is deputy director of the Getty Research Institute. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, Perchuk holds a PhD in art history from Yale University. His publications include The Masculine Masquerade (1996); Allan Kaprow—Art as Life (2008); Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular (2009); and Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 (2011), which received the 2011 award for outstanding exhibition catalogue from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC). He served as co-director of Pacific Standard Time, which comprised more than sixty museum exhibitions on postwar art in Los Angeles, and is a frequent participant to Our Literal Speed, a series of events in the vicinity of art and history.
 
 
Peter Frank is an art critic for the Huffington Post and Associate Editor for Fabrik magazine and formerly for Angeleno magazine and the L. A. Weekly. He has served as editor for THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly, as well as Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum. Frank studied art history at Columbia University in his native New York, where he wrote for The Village Voice and the SoHo Weekly News. He writes and curates for publications and institutions around the world.
 

Tobey Moss opened her gallery in 1978, after initiating herself to the art world as a LACMA docent, then working at Jake Zeitlin's Zeitlin & Ver Brugge and finally working with Steven White at his Photography Gallery. Initially focusing on works on paper (prints particularly), Moss has broadened the scope of her gallery to include paintings and sculptures - all by artists of California.
 
2 PM - The Power of Beautifully Dressed Parisian Women - on Bicycles
Speaker: Gil Garcetti, Photographer. Moderator: Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
 
Photographer, television producer, university lecturer, and former Los Angeles County District Attorney, Gil Garcetti, will share with us how, through his photography and political experience, he has been able to move urban areas to look at bicycle riders and bike sharing programs as ways of alleviating traffic congestion, improving one's health, and helping make our air a bit cleaner. Gil's photographs will be exhibited in Bordeaux in 2014 as part of Los Angeles' Sister City Program.
 

Gil Garcetti A serendipitous photo of an ironworker working on the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles led Gil Garcetti to a new career in photography in 2002. Through his photographs he shared the beauty of the geometry of the raw steel and added to the pictorial history of the city of his birth, Los Angeles.

His subsequent six books have all been photo essays. While showing beauty through the unique eye of the artist, he also calls one's attention to the subjects of the books and often invokes a call to action. Dance in Cuba, shows the ardent spirit of the Cuban people through their dance, despite lives of extreme poverty. Water is Key tells the story of how clean water in villages in West Africa changes the lives, health, education, and destiny of the people there, especially that of women and girls. Paris: Women on Bicycles, while showing elegantly clad women bicycle riders throughout Paris, asks us to consider how getting out of our cars to do everyday activities can help reduce traffic congestion and clean up our environment.

Having been a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for 32 years, eight of which he was the elected District Attorney (1992-2000), Gil oversaw 1100 prosecutors, directing them to focus their efforts on combatting domestic violence and initiated specific programs designed to prevent crime.
 

Isabel Rojas-Williams has served as the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA) Executive Director since 2011. A native of Chile and resident of Los Angeles since 1973, she became an immediate and passionate fan of the mural movement here. She is a longtime civic activist who served as Mayor Villaraigosa's liaison to the Latino, the Asian, and the African American Heritage Committees. Isabel earned her graduate degree in art history from Cal State Los Angeles, and joined the faculty there in 2007. Among her numerous research works are "Los Angeles Street Mural Movement, 1930-2009," her master's thesis, and a research video on David Alfaro Siqueiros, "Siqueiros: A Muralist in Exile," (exhibited at MOLAA 2010-2011), which led to her participation on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Siqueiros Mural and Interpretative Center project that was completed in 2012. Isabel had a major role in helping write the recent mural ordinance signed by Mayor Garcetti that has lifted the 2002 mural moratorium in Los Angeles.
 
4 PM - FEATURE PROGRAM: Treasures of the Mayan Spirit Museo Maya de América: Celebrating and Conserving the Archeological and Ethnographic Treasures of Guatemala
 
The Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show will debut Treasures of the Maya Spirit, the world's most comprehensive exhibition of Maya art and ethnography featuring more than 150 ancient cultural treasures from the classic period of Maya civilization and Maya ritual art. The Treasures of the Mayan Spirit program will also include a lecture featuring representatives from the Museo Maya de América. Fernando Piaz, President of La Ruta Maya, will discuss the museum's development as well as the national and international importance of celebrating and preserving the rich history and culture of the Maya in Guatemala.
 

 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
12 PM - New American Regionalism Kenton Nelson, artist and author of Rhyme and Reason, Prose and Cons, and Present Tense will discuss New American Regionalism.
 

Kenton Nelson Kenton Nelson was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Long Beach State University and Otis Parsons Art Institute, and for the last 35 years has had his art studio in Pasadena, CA. He has been on the faculty of the Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Nelson paints figures, landscape, and architecture bathed in light. The objective in his paintings is to idealize the ordinary with the intention of engagement, using the iconic symbols and styles of his lifetime in a theatrical style to make leading suggestions.

Nelson paints a distinct California regionalism of his own native culture, documenting some of the better decisions, while remaining acutely aware of the art, and its function and purpose in society. Book signing to follow lecture.
Book signing to follow lecture
 
1 PM - An Insider's Guide to Art Biennales. Panelists: Itala Schmelz, Curator, Biennale di Venezia – Mexico; Chinese artist and Venice Biennale participant, Zhang Yu; and Argentine artist and Beijing Biennale participant, Andrea Juan. Moderator: Marisa Caichiolo, President, Building Bridges International and Director, ADC Contemporary Art Gallery.
 
This panel explores the cultural and economic impact of the world's most significant art biennales, featuring biennale organizers and artists from Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
 

Andrea Juan works with photography, digital video, graphic art, and installations. Since 2004 she has carried out performances and video installations in Antarctica based on scientist investigations related to climate changes. For this project she received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. In 2010 and 2007 she received the Canadian Studies Faculties Research Program grant. She also obtained UNESCO Awards (France), National Fund of Arts, and Antorchas Foundation grants. She received as well major awards from the Konex Foundation, the Argentine Association of Critics, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the International Critics Association, and the National Academy of Fine Arts. She received Honorable Mentions from Polar Identity: SWITCH Online Journal and the CADRE New Media Lab from San Jose State University, California, and placed 4th in the 2010 Beijing International Art Biennale. She is currently Head of Cultural Projects from National Antarctic Affairs of Argentine Chancellery and Professor of Visual Art at the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires.

Her latest solo exhibitions were at Expo Shanghai and the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China; ADC Contemporary Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Candiani Cultural Center, Mestre Venice, Italy; Du Parc Gallery, Quebec, Canada; Francis Greenburger Collection, New York; Tigre Art Museum, Buenos Aires; Praxis International Art New York, Miami, and Buenos Aires; National Museum of Natural Science, Buenos Aires; RAM Foundation, Rotterdam, Holland; Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires; Telefonica Foundation, Buenos Aires; University of West of England, Bristol, UK; Vauxhall Centre, London, U.K.; National Fund of Arts, Buenos Aires; Juttner Gallery, Vienna, Austria; and Presse Papier Centre, Quebec, Canada.

She has also curated group and solo shows at the Technological Museum in Mexico DF, the Museum of National University of Tres de Febrero, Cultural Center from Spain in BA, Borges Cultural Center, the National Museum of Printmaking, Sivori Museum of Art, and Femmes Artistes a travers le monde, Quebec - Buenos Aires.
 

Zhang Yu (1959- ) has been a key figure in contemporary Experimental Ink Painting in China since the 1990s. He has not only been the trumpeter of its theory, but also an artist in practice. Zhang believes that Experimental Ink Painting has resulted in two new strains of art forms within contemporary ink art genre. One is the non-figurative schemata and the other the trace images. When viewed amid Zhang's personal creative context, his Divine Light series stood for the non-figurative schemata. Zhang began to develop this series in 1994, and reached the peak of the series in 1998. Trace Images is represented by his Fingerprints series. The series was first presented in 1991. After putting the series aside for over a decade, Zhang regained this experimental format and has started to develop the series again through the present day. Zhang Yu's Fingerprint series will be featured during LAAS 2014. It was debuted in 1991, while thereafter the artist was devoted in other series, and the series was restaged in 2001 until now.
 

Marisa Caichiolo was born in Argentina in the Province of Santa Fe in 1974. Her works have been showcased in Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, and Argentina, as well as in New York and Los Angeles within the United States. Marisa's work infuses elements of mysticism, with interests in ancestral colors and symbolism. Combining various techniques and styles, she often allows her work images and forms to fluctuate between realism and surrealism. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to work as a Color Designer for the film and entertainment industry. Marisa Caichiolo is the President of Building Bridges International Art Exchange Program and the Art Director of ADC Contemporary Art Gallery.
 
2 PM - Will L.A. Reclaim Its title As "The Mural Capital of the World?"
 
Panelists: Eric Bjorgum, Karish & Bjorgum Intellectual Property Law; Felicia Filer, Department of Cultural Affairs' Director of the Public Art Division; Willie Herrón III, Artist & MCLA's restorer; José Huizar, LA City Councilmember 14th District; Allison "Hueman" Torneros, Artist; Kent Twitchell, Artist & MCLA's Co-Founder. Moderator: Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director, MCLA

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) along with select specialists address the current mural resurgence in Los Angeles that will help transform the city's visual landscape for generations to come. Panelists will discuss and debate just how Los Angeles, its citizens and visitors, will benefit from the establishment of the new Mural Ordinance law.
 

Eric Bjorgum has over 15 years of experience working in intellectual property law and related disputes. He was on the team that obtained a landmark $1.1 million settlement for the destruction of Kent Twitchell's "Ed Ruscha Monument" in Los Angeles. Since then, he has written several articles on artists' moral rights (under VARA and CAPA), and continues to advise artists on legal issues. He was actively involved in educating local artists and meeting with them during the drafting of the new mural ordinance. He encourages artists and landowners to understand their rights and work together before a mural begins, so that they can avoid wasteful disputes later.
 

Felicia Filer is the Public Art Director for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The Public Art Division is comprised of multiple programs, including the Public Percent for Art, Private Percent for Art, City Art Collection, Murals, and Music L.A. program. Felicia has overseen the commission of over 170 permanent public art projects throughout the city, including the City's Airport, Animal Services, Bureau of Engineering, Fire, Library, Police, Recreation and Parks, Transportation, and Zoo departments. Under her direction the Public Art division has also commissioned site-specific dance and temporary public art projects in non-traditional spaces throughout the City. Previously, Ms. Filer worked for the Los Angeles-based arts non-profit management consulting organization called ARTS Inc. As a Senior Management Consultant and Loan Fund Manager, she provided management consulting in financial management, board governance, marketing, survey design, and long-range planning, to small and mid-sized non-profit arts organizations. Felicia is a native of Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Economics, and Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Finance and Marketing.
 

Willie Herrón III Born in Los Angeles, Willie Herrón III's artistic career spans forty years of national and internationally recognized performance and conceptual art, including music composition, as well as the design and execution of internationally recognized iconic world-class murals. Herrón was one of the founding members of ASCO, the East Los Angeles based Chicano artists collective (1972 to 1987), which included Willie Herrón III, Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, and Patssi Valdez. His vast experience as an art restorer and conservator of public landmarks of cultural heritage have gained wide media attention as he continues the restoration of the historic 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals, commissioned by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Herrón's artworks are seen in films, music performances, and museums through the U.S and in Europe, recently at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in Monterey Park in 2012. Examples of his work were included in "Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2011, at Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts (2012), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, and at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago (2013).
 

José Huizar was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton University, and a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. He served as a member and President of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education (2001-05). As Board President he oversaw the planning and implementation of one of the largest school construction programs in U.S. history. Huizar was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2005. Councilmember Huizar has been a staunch advocate of educational reform, public safety, the arts, environmental protection, and sustainable economic development. He has helped create thousands of new jobs, promote historical preservation, increase bicycle and pedestrian use, and bring hundreds of acres of open space and park upgrades to park-poor areas of the City of Los Angeles. The long-time Boyle Heights resident introduced no fewer than 19 City Council motions in favor of murals and mural restoration. In 2013, Councilmember Huizar led the effort on the Council to overturn the ban on murals on private property to allow Los Angeles to begin to reclaim its place as the "Mural Capital of the World."
 

Allison "Hueman" Torneros is an LA-based artist whose foray into the art scene began at the age of 18. In the studio, she draws on the human condition to create mash-ups of the beautiful and grotesque, and abstract and figurative. Outside, when painting walls, she channels her alter-ego, Hueman, to break out of her creative shell along with the boxed boundaries of the canvas. Her work can be seen on streets all over the world: in her own city of LA, as well as San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas, London, Berlin, and Amsterdam. She is interested in the relationship between large-scale immersive art and the public space, and her biggest mural project to date, "Ritual" (2013), involved painting every wall of a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse in 9 days, completely improvised. Commercially, she has lent her creative talents to companies like Disney, The Truth Campaign, and Converse, and has been spotlighted in LA Weekly, ArtSlant, KCET, and the Los Angeles Times.
 

Kent Twitchell has been an artist and street muralist since the late 60s. He painted his first signed murals in 1971, "Steve McQueen Monument" in Downtown LA and "Strother Martin Monument" in Hollywood. Kent has painted "The Hollywood Freeway Lady", "The Bride & Groom", monuments to visual artists Ed Ruscha, Lita Albuquerque, Jim Morphesis, Gary Lloyd, and others. He painted the original "LA Marathon Mural" in Inglewood, the "LA Chamber Orchestra" in Downtown LA, monuments to "Six LA Artists" in Torrance, the "Dr. J Monument" in Philadelphia, and 2 "Monuments to Will Rogers" on the east and west sides of the historic California Theatre in San Bernardino, among other murals. He is the recipient of an NEA "Art in Public Places" grant, 2 Honorary Doctorates, and numerous other awards during his career. His paintings appear in art textbooks, magazines, Hollywood films and documentaries, and hundreds of newspaper articles. He is in the permanent collections of the LA County Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boise Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, the Vincent Prince Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and many private collections. This year he completed a 3-year commission painting 3 murals in the main lobby of the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown LA and a 40' tall "Ruby Dee Monument" on the historic Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland. He is now painting a new "Freeway Lady" mural on the Student Services Building at LA Valley College, to be completed in 2014, the 40th anniversary of the original mural. He has taught at LA City College, Otis College of Art & Design, California State University, LA, Biola University, Pasadena City College, and LA County High School for the Arts. He is currently MFA Mentor/Advisor at Laguna College of Art & Design. Years Involved with MCLA: 26 years.
 

Isabel Rojas-Williams has served as the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA) Executive Director since 2011. A native of Chile and resident of Los Angeles since 1973, she became an immediate and passionate fan of the mural movement here. She is a longtime civic activist who served as Mayor Villaraigosa's liaison to the Latino, the Asian, and the African American Heritage Committees. Isabel earned her graduate degree in art history from Cal State Los Angeles, and joined the faculty there in 2007. Among her numerous research works are "Los Angeles Street Mural Movement, 1930-2009," her master's thesis, and a research video on David Alfaro Siqueiros, "Siqueiros: A Muralist in Exile," (exhibited at MOLAA 2010-2011), which led to her participation on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Siqueiros Mural and Interpretative Center project that was completed in 2012. Isabel had a major role in helping write the recent mural ordinance signed by Mayor Garcetti that has lifted the 2002 mural moratorium in Los Angeles.
 
3:30 PM - The Expression of Contemporary Ink Painting
 
Chinese Artist and Venice Biennale participant, Zhang Yu will have a brief introduction of the history of Chinese Ink painting from the 3rd century to the 21st century, and the development of Chinese contemporary art since 1985 to the present.
 

Zhang Yu (1959- ) has been a key figure in contemporary Experimental Ink Painting in China since the 1990s. He has not only been the trumpeter of its theory, but also an artist in practice. Zhang believes that Experimental Ink Painting has resulted in two new strains of art forms within contemporary ink art genre. One is the non-figurative schemata and the other the trace images. When viewed amid Zhang's personal creative context, his Divine Light series stood for the non-figurative schemata. Zhang began to develop this series in 1994, and reached the peak of the series in 1998. Trace Images is represented by his Fingerprints series. The series was first presented in 1991. After putting the series aside for over a decade, Zhang regained this experimental format and has started to develop the series again through the present day. Zhang Yu's Fingerprint series will be featured during LAAS 2014. It was debuted in 1991, while thereafter the artist was devoted in other series, and the series was restaged in 2001 until now.
 
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