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Exhibition Detail
LA Vs. WAR II - Art for Peace in the Hope Era
Curated by: John Carr
2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

September 9th, 2011 - September 11th, 2011
September 9th, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Hope, Lydia EmilyLydia Emily, Hope
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
No Wat, Melanie CervantesMelanie Cervantes, No Wat
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
Land of the Free, GraphonicGraphonic, Land of the Free
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
Welcome to Los Angeles, Eriberto OriolEriberto Oriol, Welcome to Los Angeles
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
Imperial Glory, Shepard FaireyShepard Fairey, Imperial Glory
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
© Courtesy of the Artist and LA Vs War II
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downtown/east la
pop, video-art, graffiti/street-art, installation, mixed-media
$5 donation

As a follow up to the original LA Vs. WAR show held in April 2008, LA Vs. War returns as a massive three-day experiential art exhibition and cultural event presenting some of today’s most prolific, pro-peace/anti-war and political artists in multi-media.

LA Vs. WAR II will mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks where artists from LA and beyond will examine the questions: After 10 years of the Global War on Terror, where do we now stand as a nation? Is the world a safer place? Where does the Peace movement go from here?
Teach-ins will be held with LA Vs. War grassroots activist-partners Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, Youth Justice Coalition,, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Campaign to Rescind Special Order 11 and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) in an effort to inform and energize attendees in transforming their own lives and communities.

In the days leading up to the event, LA Vs. War organizers have confirmed two additional public peace murals by acclaimed street artists El Mac and Vyal. The group mural, "LA Madre Vs. WAR" by WERC, GERA, Contra and JC is currently running at the show’s venue.

Curated By: 
John Carr of Yo! Peace, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Political Gridlock and Ad Hoc Art 
Produced By: Estée Ochoa 

The growing roster of artists includes:
Adam Smith
Amitis Motevalli
Ando Pndlian
Army of One
Art Hazelwood
Azul 213
Brianna Lengel Bail
Byron Jose
Chaz Bojorquez
Chuck Sperry
Contra One
Dog Byte
Doug Minkler
Eddie Colla
Elizabeth Wood
Elle Burchill
Enik One
Eriberto Oriol
Favianna Rodriguez
Free Humanity
Garrison Buxton
Geraldine Lozano
Glen Brooks
Guillermo Bert
Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca
James Bentley
Jesus Barraza
Joel Schlemowitz
John Carlos De Luna
John Carr
John Fekner
Jon Paul Bail
Khadija Anderson
Kristy Lovich
Kyle Goen
Lalo Alcaraz
Lucky Bunny
Lydia Emily
Man One
Manuela Viera- Gallo
Mark of the Beast
Manny Torres
Max Neutra
Mear One
Melanie Cervantes
Michael Datcher
Nancy Popp
Not My Government
Nuclear Winter
Oremeh Bagheri
Oscar Magallanes
Paul Barron
Poli Marichal
Raquel Gutierrez
Raymundo Hernández-López
Rebecca Conroy
Ricardo Duffy
Robbie Conal
Ron Donovan
Shark Toof
Shepard Fairey
Slanguage Collective
Street Phantom
Two Rabbits
Vivian Wong
Vyal One
William Acedo
Winston Smith
Yuri Shimojo

Participating DJs curated by ArtDontSleep and
Aaron Byrd 
Adrian Younge 
Al Jackson 
Alfred Hawkins 
Andrew Meza 
Anthony Valadez
Carlos Nino 
DJ Moni 
DJ Shiva 
Elephant & Castle 
Hawthorne Headhunters 
House Shoes 
Kristi Lomax 
Lady Sha 
Lee Bannon 
Marc deClive Lowe 
Matthew David
Mike Fisher 
Mr. NumberOnederful 
Plann B. 
Rani D. 
Skott K 
& special guests.


Video Installations Curated By Kelly Fancher
Performance Art By: Strange Peple’s Brigade, JoeButoh Sculptour
Live Art Curated By: Crewest Gallery and Mobile Mural Lab 
Live T-shirt Printing By: Hit+Run featuring peace and antiwar graphics
Peace Altar By: Ofelia Esparza and ZAN
Laser Graffiti By: Buff Laser 2000
Peace Photo Project By: Azul 213
Stenciling Demonstrations & Workshops By: Oscar Magallanes and Leo Limón

Large selection of fine art, limited-edition prints and pro-peace posters on view, chronicling the creative responses to the current military conflicts in the Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia, The Global War on Terror, the Drug Wars and other wars on marginalized peoples. 

Live art demonstrations and workshops to engage the audience in creative activities ranging from painting, t-shirt printing, stenciling, performance art and altar-making

Teach-ins with grassroots activist-partners from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, Youth Justice Coalition,, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), to Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) in effort to inform and energize attendees in transforming their own lives and communities

Peace Photo Project will be taking portraits of attendees as activists for Peace, LA Vs. WAR video art program and more

Schedules to be announced.

When: Friday, September 9th, 2011 - Sunday, September 11th, 2011
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Where: The Vortex
2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Entry: $5.00 Suggested Donation
All ages

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About LA Vs. War II
LA Vs. WAR II is a not-for-profit project that will live on past the September 2011 Los Angeles event under the name Vs. WAR. The show will evolve and travel to other cities bringing its unique model of creative resistance and collaboration to other communities. Originally organized out of the Yo! Peace poster show, the first LA Vs. WAR welcomed 6000 attendees and gained widespread impact on a national scale. 

About John Carr / LA Vs. War Creator & Curator 
John Carr is an internationally acclaimed artist, designer and curator based in downtown Los Angeles. He is the curator of Yo! What Happened to Peace? a traveling peace/antiwar poster exhibition and editor of a poster art book by the same name. In 2008 Carr created LA Vs. War, earning the Center for the Study of Political Graphics "Art as a Hammer" award for his achievements. 

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