10.Jun.2010 Thank you!

Thank you everyone who came out to last week’s Public Art Party and to all of our partners that made it possible. Enjoy a slide show of photos from the day’s activities below including performances by bodycity and the UCLA Brazilian Music Ensemble, screenings at The Paley Center for Media, a walkthrough with Nancy Rubins at Gagosian, the booksigning with Jim Heimann at TACHEN, art projects in the Side Street Projects woodworking bus, face painting, Public Art Party cupcakes from Sprinkles, picnicking with lunches from Porta Via, Flash Fiction’s writing contest and other activities at the library and Canon Drive’s Conversations on Creativity Panel. Get the latest news on upcoming Public Art Parties and other cultural events throughout the city by following Public Art Alert on Twitter and signing up for ForYourArt’s weekly email.

Thanks to James Cohan Gallery, New Pacific Realty and Gearys

04.Jun.2010 Public Art Party Prizes

All for Art. Art for All! ForYourArt is offering chances to win prizes like museum memberships, special art access, tickets and signed books throughout Public Art Party! Email publicartparty@foryourart.com for a chance to win prizes including:

LACMA tickets and membership
Signed copy of Los Angeles: Portrait of a City from TASCHEN
Hammer Museum tickets and membership
Tour and print demonstration at Gemini G.E.L. for you and your friends
Lunch for two at Porto Via
Tickets to the NOW Festival at REDCAT
Jeff Koons catalogue from Gagosian
Signed Robin Rhode catalogue from Art Catalogues at LACMA
Family membership to The Paley Center for Media
Cupcake tower from Sprinkles

…and more surprises throughout the day!

Jim Heimann’s Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

Pictures Reframed: Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode
The Collaboration from IMG Artists on Vimeo.

Cupcake tower from Sprinkles

No purchase, donation or payment necessary to win

03.Jun.2010 Public Art Alert: Public Art Party

What: Public Art Party

When: Saturday, June 5, 12–6pm

Where: Beverly Gardens Park, The Paley Center for Media, Gagosian, Beverly Hills Public Library, TASCHEN, Porta Via, Sprinkles and along Cañon Drive. Pick up a map that will serve as your guide to the day at any of these featured locations or download a printer-friendly version here.

Engage: Follow Public Art Alert on twitter: Twitter.com/PublicArtAlert

ForYourArt presents Public Art Party, a day-long celebration of art featuring special events, food, dance and music performances, artist and curator-lead tours, hands on activities for kids and teens, and special prizes. Throughout the day ForYourArt, The Beverly Hills Fine Art Commission and James Cohan Gallery welcome Roxy Paine’s Erratic, the newest addition to the public art collection in Beverly Hills.

Activities include:

Activities for kids and teens including Kusama-inspired face painting, Paine-inspired crafts in the Side Street Projects Woodworking Bus and
writing activities

Performances by bodycity and the UCLA Brazilian Music Ensemble

Self-guided SMS enabled tours of the Beverly Hills Public Art
Collection including Yayoi Kusama’s Hymn of Life: Tulips and Roxy Paine’s Erratic

Exhibitions and screenings at The Paley Center for Media

Talks and tours with renowned artist Nancy Rubins and art historian
Sharon Fitzgerald

Lunch, snack and happy hour specials from local restaurants
including Public Art Party cupcakes from Sprinkles, box lunches
from Porta Via and happy hour along Cañon Drive

Book signing of Los Angeles: Portrait of a City with Jim Heimann

Special prizes including museum memberships, signed catalogues,
and art experiences

Photo exhibition along Cañon Drive designed by architect John Umbanhowar

For an up-to-date schedule, visit www.publicartparty.com.

Public Art Party: Beverly Hills is generously made possible by James Cohan Gallery, Gearys and New Pacific Realty

Credits: Organized by ForYourArt and produced in association with the City of Beverly Hills Fine Art Commission, Beverly Hills Public Library, bodycity, Cañon Drive Association, Figment, Gagosian, The Paley Center for Media, Porta Via, Sprinkles, Side Street Projects and TASCHEN.

Public Art Alert is a free service to raise awareness about public art projects taking place all over the world – with an eye towards Southern California. We can all be ambassadors of art. We encourage you to share this information with your friends.

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Richard Meier Designed New Pacific Realty Building

Renowned architect Richard Meier designed the New Pacific Realty building located on Cañon Drive. Make sure to take in the view during Public Art Party, and while visiting, check out installations by artists Ewerdt Hilgemann and Farrah Karapetian.

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Text Public Art Party

This year, ForYourArt’s Public Art Party will be celebrated not only through special events, food, performances, activities, and tours, but also in the digital world. Providing a second layer of content through SMS messaging, this year’s Public Art Party puts extended information about the day’s events, artists, and art works literally at your fingertips. Just by texting key words to 21534*, you can receive sneak peeks, images, videos and more about many of Public Art Party’s attractions.

“Paine” to 21534 to hear more about Roxy Paine’s Erratic from writer and curator Ed Schad
“BHMap” to 21534 for a map of Beverly Hills’ public art collection
“Kusama” to 21534 to get information on Yayoi Kusama and see more of her work
“blklist” to 21534 to see a slide show of images from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ The Black List
“Paley” to 21534 for a list of Jim Heimann’s favorite TV shows.
“Rubins” to 21534 to see images from Nancy Rubins’ exhibition Skins, Structures, Landmasses
“Cupcake” to 21534 for a sneak peek of the Public Art Party cupcake
“Books” to 21534 for a reading list of books that inspire Roxy Paine
“TASCHEN” to 21534 for photos from Jim Heimann’s book Los Angeles: Portrait of a City
“Photo” to 21534 for images from the Canon Drive Association photo competition
“bodycity” to 21534 for a video of a bodycity performance
“Meier” to 21534 for information and images about Beverly Hills’ newest architectural landmark

Don’t forget to text “pARTy” to 21534 for the Public Art Party schedule and chances to win museum memberships, special art access tickets, signed books and more!

*Message & data rates may apply

02.Jun.2010 The Black List

The Black List Project, a collaboration between photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and critic Elvis Mitchell will be on view at The Paley Center for Media throughout Public Art Party. Using a combination of media including photographs, video and the web, The Black List Project is a provocative and engaging exploration of what it means to be an African American today. The exhibition, on view at The Paley until June 6, 2010, features a series of portraits by Greenfield-Sanders, a book, an interactive website, and the three-part documentary series created for HBO. The documentary’s interviews capture a rare glimpse into the lives of public figures we may think we know, and provide an insightful groundwork upon which to build a conversation about race in contemporary culture. In The Black List, Greenfield-Sanders and Mitchell have used both traditional and new media as a frame to examine questions that are deeply rooted in our history, but also incredibly relevant to our world today.

Beverly Johnson, from Timothy Greenfield Sanders’ The Black List

Hill Harper, from Timothy Greenfield Sanders’ The Black List

LaTanya Richardson, from Timothy Greenfield Sanders’ The Black List

John Umbanhowar Exhibition design for CAñon Drive Photo Competition

Cañon Drive and Arts for All invited architect John Umbanhowar of hughesumbanhowar architects to create the exhibition design for their photo exhibition, on view throughout Public Art Party. John lent us insight into his display design–brightly-colored orange diagonal stripes–saying the color attracts attention and highlights the subtle tones of the black and white prints and that the diagonal stripe motif transcends the individual dynamics of each exhibition location offering a uniform system that helps tie the exhibition together. The photos, mounted on John’s stripes, are on view now along Cañon Dr. Vote for your favorite or bid on it via silent auction at each of the exhibition locations, proceeds benefit the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Conversations on Creativity photography panel at the Beverly Cañon Gardens at 2pm during Public Art Party.

01.Jun.2010 Beverly Hills’ Public Art Collection

You are probably already familiar with Yayoi Kusama’s colorful, polka-dotted Hymn of Life: Tulips and Roxy Paine’s enigmatic sculpture Erratic from your daily commutes, but Beverly Hills is home to an incredible and extensive array of public art. ForYourArt invites you to celebrate the entire collection at this year’s Public Art Party – June 5, 2010. While you’re enjoying the festivities, be sure not to miss glimpses of Baile Oakes’ Spiral of Life, or Barry Flanagan’s playful The Drummer. To get you started on your self-guided tour of public art in Beverly Hills, ForYourArt presents a virtual map of some of the great works on display in Beverly Hills’ city parks. For a full list, pick a map in Beverly Hills’ Public Library.

Barry Flanagan The Drummer, 1989-1990

Music of Brazil Ensemble at Public Art Party

UCLA’s Music of Brazil Ensemble from the school’s Ethnomusicology department will treat Public Art Party visitors to a special performance. Featuring Afro-Brazilian percussion, common throughout Brazil’s major cities, the group’s lively performances also incorporate various styles including samba batucada, reggae and maracatu. Come out to the Beverly Garden’s Park, near Erratic at 12:30pm on June 5th, for a special percussion-driven performance by the ensemble.

28.May.2010 Cañon Drive Photo Competition

Throughout Public Art Party, Cañon Drive and Arts for All are presenting a photo competition in storefronts along the street with exhibition design by John Umbanhowar of hughesumbanhowar. From now through June 5th, visitors can vote for their favorite work at its displayed location or purchase it via silent auction to benefit the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. Winners will be announced at the Conversations on Creativity panel featuring photographers Zale Richard Rubins and Linda Kunik, held at 2pm during Public Art Party at the Beverly Cañon Gardens, between the Montage and Buchon.

Catch a sneak peek of some of the photographs in the slide show below: