Adventures in ArtWalk

The annual LACMA Muse ArtWalk takes place along the Miracle Mile this Saturday, showcasing the area’s five museums and more than twenty galleries. Each year we work with new artists, galleries, and arts organizations to bring programs in a variety of genres to the LACMA campus and the surrounding community. The projects that take shape give every ArtWalk a unique twist. Below is an overview of what to expect in the 2012 edition.

From Choreography to Silent Disco: Dance in the BP Grand Entrance
To start the day, local dance troupes explore the space in LACMA’s town square–style entrance. Kdub Dance begins the program at noon, which also features performances by Daara Dance, Heyward Bracey, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and SZC Project.

Invertigo Dance Theatre performing “Rococo Baroquo.”

At night, the audience does the dancing to the beats of Dublab DJs Secret Circuit, Ale, and Lavenders at the After Party. We usually have to shut down the music at 10 pm, but Silent Disco’s wireless headphone system keeps the party going without disturbing the neighbors.

Art Here, There, Everywhere
While ArtWalk’s galleries have some distance between them, the quality and diverse array of art make the trip worth it. Jack Rutberg, for example, is a modern and contemporary gallery that has been a staple of the community for twenty-five years. The Merry Karnowsky Gallery showcases work by some of the most innovative and significant artists of today and is widely acclaimed both in the United States and internationally.

Work by Edward Walton Wilcox included in Merry Karnowsky Gallery’s exhibition “Though You Slay Me.”

New neighbor ForYourArt further entices guests to walk the walk with their FYA aMUSEment Hunt, in which walkers will receive stickers from all of the Miracle Mile destinations they visit, which they can redeem for prizes.

The Sounds of L.A.
Local music of all kinds take the stage during ArtWalk. Weekly LACMA series Latin Sounds features vocalist Estaire Godinez in Hancock Park. Flanking her 5 pm start time are sets in front of Chris Burden’s Urban Light by the pulsating indie band Little Red Lung at 4 pm and award-winning blues rock guitarist Jared James Nichols at 7:20 pm.

Little Red Lung, photo by Sarah C. Sitkin.

Enlightening After Party
I am almost as excited to hear stories from Joshua White as I am to see his Joshua Light Show in action. JLS masterminded the light shows at the Fillmore East in the 1960s, providing groundbreaking backdrops to rock gods. Joshua must have some tales. Today his latest group of artists brings incredible visual atmospheres to a new generation using a mix of old school and new wave techniques. With Dublab providing the soundtrack, it’s sure to be far out.

The Joshua Light Show, performance with Supersilent at the HKW

For more information on Muse ArtWalk and to purchase tickets to the After Party, visit

Jason Gaulton

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