Guide: Downtown Art Walk, December 8, 2011

David Flores with Phil Stern I Birdman Photo

Old mashes up with new in the street bohemianism found in a part of town known as the Historic Core, Old Bank District and Gallery Row. In its early days, the area earned the title of Wall Street of the West. Just a decade ago, it was part of Skid Row. All those names take a back seat for its monthly disguise known as Art Walk.

December's edition ends its most challenging year, bringing up the question of who runs what. That remains a discussion, and the city's special event permit fees are being reevaluated as food truck vendors, the Art Walk non-profit and the city counter back and forth to find a workable hierarchy.

"It's business as usual," says Joe Moller, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Executive Director. "Art Walk will go on."

And so it does. The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is Thursday, December 8, from noon to 9 p.m. And for those able to take on the whole day, it is a chance to wander all over downtown to take in a full slate of museums and galleries.

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David Flores with Phil Stern I Birdman PhotoGuide

Photographer Phil Stern's 1955 image of James Dean now has street cred (not that it needed any). During November's Art Walk, the ninety-two year old Stern signed his name on his photo, then street artist David Flores added his graphic rendition of stained glass to the piece. Now it is a street mural on 3rd between Main and Los Angeles.
Phil Stern Gallery / 601 S. Los Angeles

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The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge features artist James McDemas, who is also a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Museum of Neon Art (MONA). His neon sign and sculpture "ART" became an iconic fixture while sitting in the window of the former MONA. It returns to Art Walk for a night.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring

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Crewest Gallery's annual "Holiday Exhibit" sells works from a collective of street artists, offering non-conventional gifts and a "gang of other cool stuff" for the holiday season.
Crewest I 110 Winston (between Main and Los Angeles, south of 4th)

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Los Angeles Times Staff Photographer Mark Boster holds court in the Globe Lobby, to talk about photography and sign his book "Four Seasons of Yosemite: A Photograher's Journey." It's free, but RSVPs are requested.
Los Angeles Times Globe I 202 W. 1st

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Los Angeles Fire Department sounds the community siren for "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," a fundraiser benefiting ABC7's Spark of Love Toy Drive. It is being held at Exchange LA (618 S. Spring) from 6 p.m. to Midnight. Entry fee is $20 or an unwrapped toy with a $20 value.

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The DAC Gallery is hosting a group show that doubles as their 4th Annual Exceptional Children's Foundation Art Center Fundraiser, supporting Adult Artists with Disabilities.
Downtown Art Center Gallery / 828 S. Main / Fundraiser runs until Dec 14

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With political content a mainstay in Chicano Art, it makes sense that the Latino Museum hosts an exhibition with Occupy Los Angeles Community "Artivist." The show is called "We Art the 99%" and runs from from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Latino Museum I 514 S. Spring

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REDCAT's "The Experimental Impulse" is presented under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time and reflects on "the networks of exchange and support structures that underlie the history of art in Los Angeles." This is an exhibition not on a work of art style, says PST, but the record of a process.
REDCAT I 631 W. 2nd I Runs through Jan. 15

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"Memories from the Future" is chapter two of artist Claudia Cotrutza French's "observations through eyes in communism." Cortrutza Gallery I 446 S. Main

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In the WindowBox Gallery at Raw Materials, the
online performative nature of social media is explored by Matilde Hoffman, a photography student of Robison at the USC Roski School of Fine Art.
Raw Materials I 436 S. Main


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Eastern Columbia Building has "water+COLORS+paper" by artist Chelsea Dicksion at The Garden Gallery (215 W. 9th) and photographer Mark Peacock with "Scenes From the Street," and sculpture and paintings by Ismael Cazares at The Annex (847 S. Broadway)

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Norbertellen Gallery presents a group exhibition of painting, illustration, photography, sculpture and mixed media, plus play host to DOTMOV FESTIVAL 2011, an international digital film festival. The gallery will have special presentations during Downtown Art Walk.
Norbertellen Gallery / 215 W. 6th, Suite 110

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A throwback to what Art Walk once was, Miguel Osuna simply opens his working studio to the public to show his art and works in progress.
Miguel Osuna Art Studio / 410 S Spring

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Catherine Kaleel dabs into the 80s and 90s, finding inspiration in the print images that hype heartthrobs of tweens: teenbeat, bop and Calvin Klein advertisements. Kaleel "explores the fine line between sexual and sensual, enjoying the young male human form without having to sell a product."
The Hive Gallery I 729 S. Spring St

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CB1Gallery will be closed while preparing for their next installation, "Someplace Else" with Osvaldo Trujillo and "Paradise Notwithstanding" with Lisa Adams .

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In South Park district of downtown, PYO Gallery has Seung Hoon Park's solo exhibition of new photographs "that weave together a narrative from historic landmarks and fragments of 16 mm film into a cinematic experience." Thursday, the gallery will be open during their regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PYO Gallery LA I 1100 S. Hope

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"Naked in Hollywood" is the first Southern California exhibition focused on tabloid photographer, Weegee. The photos are moody, exhibiting and exposing a darker side of mid-20th century pop culture vanity.
MOCA I 250 S Grand

Photos of David Flores and Phil Stern by Birdman Photo. "Wish You Were Here," an exhibition of Birdman Photo collaborations with street artists opens December 9 (6pm) at Novel Cage (811 Traction) in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

About the Author

Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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