Beacon Arts, a brand new "arts laboratory" in Inglewood, kicks off with its inaugural exhibition, Ghost Stories, curated by Flavorpill Editor Shana Nys Dambrot, running Thursday, October 14 thru Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Curator's Statement -
"The idea behind Ghost Stories has to do with using art to activate architectural and societal space through shared experience -- fortuitously combined with the permission to play and be transgressive that Halloween gives adults. While the gallery show and performance events will be surprising, operatic, fun, creative, hands-on, and at times immersive and intense, at the end of the show’s run, when we do the panel with participating artists and the series’ future curators, we will be tying it back to engaged critical thinking about performance and public art.
Given the current craze for eclectic, even non-traditional interdisciplinary art projects, cross-platform works, and experiential art situations, the timing is even more perfect. The gallery-based art show that runs through the duration of these events is a project I’m thinking privately of as “Ghost Images,” and is comprised of visual art in several media, contributed by each of the performers, readers, and artists involved in the entire enterprise -- not unlike a faculty show at art camp." -Shana Nys Dambrot
- Critics-as-Curators Series -
The show is the first in the new art space's Critics-as-Curators series to also feature Peter Frank in December, Jan Tumlir in February, and Doug Harvey in March.
◊ Thu. 10/14 - Sun. 11/7 - Art Show
- Gallery hours are Tue. - Sat. 11:00am - 6:00pm
◊ Fri. 10/29 [6:00pm-2:00am] - Ghost Stories: A Night of Happenings and Hauntings
- 6:00-10:00pm - Gallery viewing
- 7:30pm - Ghost Biker Rally
- 8:00-10:00pm - Andy Warhol's Frankenstein & film shorts
- 8:00pm - 2:00am – Rev. Ethan Acres performs throughout the evening
- 10:00-11:30pm - League of Steam
- Midnight - Last story
- Midnight to 2:00am - Late night afterparty featuring spoken word and performances by
Rev. Ethan Acres, Milo Martin, Rich Ferguson, Amy Kaps, Dino Dinco (on 4th floor) - $10 admission
◊ Sat. 10/30 [1:00 - 4:00pm] - Pagan Art Camp
- Crafts workshops with artists. Small materials fee of $10.
◊ Sun. 11/7 [1:00 - 4:00pm] - Closing
- Daytime closing reception for the gallery show. Brunch, dessert, and sparkling wine. Closing ceremony by Rev. Ethan Acres.
- 3:00pm - Panel Discussion: Shana Nys Dambrot, Rev. Ethan Acres, Renée Fox, Peter Frank, Doug Harvey, and Jan Tumlir. (Panelists to be confirmed.)
- Shana Nys Dambrot -
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator and author based in Downtown Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Modern Painters, ARTnews, TimeOut, Juxtapoz, and many other publications. She is currently the Los Angeles managing editor at Flavorpill.com and a contributing editor at its affiliate publication Artkrush.com as well as at Art Ltd. Dambrot also has a new writing project, Urban Scrawl, that lives on the Create:Fixate website, and blogs at Huffington Post LA. As a curator and art writer, she is fascinated by the polluting of boundaries, the activation of non-traditional spaces, and the (re)mystifying of the familiar -- which she sees as jobs for art, artists, curators, and storytellers. An account of her published books and articles can be found at sndx.net
- Beacon Arts -
Beacon Arts provides innovative art programming and resources to enrich the cultural landscape of Los Angeles with contemporary fine art by a new generation of adventurous Southern California artists. Renée Fox, known for her phenomenal success organizing the rapidly growing Inglewood Open Studios, develops and directs creative programming for the Beacon Arts Building. The Reverend Ethan Acres, whose ministry is dedicated to the expression of religious ecstasy through irrational and absurdist behavior, has signed on as resident spiritual advisor of Beacon Arts. His Ghost Stories' performances will be his first locally in years.\