Big City Forum: Attunement

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© Image courtesy Frohawk Two Feathers
Big City Forum: Attunement

145 N. Raymond Ave.
91103 Pasadena
November 1st, 2014 - December 14th, 2014

santa monica/venice
Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat 12-5


Attunement pays tribute to artists

who function on multiple frequencies

as part of Big City Forum’s continued programming

in the Armory’s Mezzanine Galleries.

Pasadena, CA – The Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Attunement, a group exhibition that includes paintings, photos, prints, text, and video that are prone to resonate beyond ranges of audio and visual perception. Co-produced by Leonardo Bravo, River Jukes-Hudson, and David Shorter, Attunement is part of the continuing programming of Big City Forum’s City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions on the Urban Level in residence at the Armory through December 2014.  

Attunement pays tribute to artists who function on multiple frequencies. They flow through worlds, above boundaries, under surfaces, around obstacles and inhabit the spaces in-between. They communicate on multiple channels, and their work can be defined as exceptionally rich, layered, complex, and in some ways “off the charts.” In order to appreciate the messages fully, we must “tune in” to the ranges of expression that continue infinitesimally through space and time. Exhibiting artists include Esther Belin, York Chang, Mercedes Dorame, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Gary Garay, Salomón Huerta, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Khalid Hussein, Annapurna Kumar, Trang T. Le, Anthony Lepore, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Fiamma Montezemolo, Amitis Motevalli, Ellie Parker, Gala Porras-Kim, Miko Revereza, Shizu Saldamando, Frohawk Two Feathers, Perry Vasquez, Samira Yamin, and Brenna Youngblood.

A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, November 1 from 6 – 8 pm. The projectwill be on display in the Armory’s Mezzanine Galleries from November 1 through December 13. Big City Forum’s residency at the Armory is being facilitated by Armory’s Gallery Director / Chief Curator Irene Tsatsos.


About the Organizers                                                                                               

Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, educator, and the founder of Big City Forum, an interdisciplinary project highlighting creative practices across architecture, design, and contemporary art. BCF produces events in partnership with institutions such as the Skirball Cultural Center, Armory Center for the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Laxart. Bravo is also Director of School Programs of the Music Center in Los Angeles, where he oversees the implementation of strategic arts education partnerships with districts and schools across Los Angeles County.

River Jukes-Hudson is an independent graphic designer who collaborates regularly with artists, curators, architects, writers, and other designers. She currently teaches Typography at Art Center College of Design. Jukes-Hudson co-directs Big City Forum with partner Leonardo Bravo.

David Shorter is a professor, filmmaker, curator, and consultant living and dying in LA. His areas of interest loosely overlap around ways of knowing through indigenous wisdom systems, the esoterica, and occult sciences. Shorter is currently Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California Los Angeles.

About Big City Forum City of Hope, City of Resistance

City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level is Big City Forum’s 15-month, three-part residency at Armory Center for the Arts. The reading room/library serves as a dynamic, interactive platform for exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and other discursive events. Big City Forum (BCF), founded in 2008 by Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and activist Leonardo Bravo and co-directed with artist/graphic designer River Jukes-Hudson since 2013, is an independent, interdisciplinary project that explores design-based creative disciplines within the context of public space and social change. Since spring 2012, BCF has been in residence at the Armory, during which time it has programmed two seasons of lively, discursive events. Big City Forum’s residency at Armory Center for the Arts is being supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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