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Gallery Reopens with Exciting New Exhibits & Public Programs

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 3:07PM

In April, Venice Arts Gallery will premiere More Dreamers of the Golden Dream, a new, collaborative project of photographer Doug McCulloh and writer Susan Straight. The pair have been traversing the Inland Empire and discovering stories, histories, and dreams unique to the landscape of orange grove and vineyard, river and desert. The exhibition is presented in association with Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) and in conjunction with the Kennedy Center's nationwide project, What's Going On Now, which explores the continuing cultural resonance of Marvin Gaye's seminal album at its fortieth anniversary. Venice Arts will present the official MOPLA-associated exhibition from April 9–May 11th, and will host a free special public presentation and reading with Doug McCulloh and Susan Straight on Wednesday, April 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

The exhibition arises from a continuing series that McCulloh and Straight publish on television station KCET’s website entitled "Notes of a Native Daughter." At the Venice Arts Gallery, McCulloh’s large-scale photographs will be paired with Straight telling the tales. Visitors can use cell phones to hear audio narratives accompanying the images. The exhibition will also feature McCulloh’s recent project Dream Street. It's a chronicle set in motion when the artist wins the right to name a new street and decides to document the revealing and sometimes brutal process of building a new neighborhood in Southern California.

See a preview gallery of the exhibition here.


FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Open Show
Wednesday, March 28th, 7:30-9:30pm,
Open Show Los Angeles provides a monthly forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects. See compelling new work and interact directly with photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers. The evening includes casual conversation, drinks, and snacks, followed by curated, interactive presentations by four artists.
RSVP here.

Public Presentation and Reading with Doug McCulloh & Susan Straight
Wednesday, April 18th, 7:00-9:00pm
Doug and Susan will expand on their project in this special presentation and reading. Join them on a photographic and tale-telling journey into the stories, histories, and dreams unique to the landscape of Southern California.
RSVP here.

The Last Survivor Screening & Discussion
Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Venice Arts is pleased to present this free screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary The Last Survivor specifically for teaching artists, educators and high-school and college students, presented in collaboration with with Big Picture Instructional. This feature-length documentary that follows the lives of four survivors of four different genocides—The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo—documenting their healing, resettlement, and, eventually, activism. A brief discussion will take place following the film and free curricular materials will be provided.
RSVP here.

Open Screen: What’s Going On Now
Saturday, April 21, 7:00-9:00pm
In celebration of the Kennedy Center’s What's Going On Now nationwide project, for which Venice Arts is a partner, Venice Arts will host an Open Screen event featuring videos culled from community members exploring how the themes raised by Marvin Gaye's seminal album continue to resonate today. The evening will also feature What's Going On Now videos made by talented teens in our Youth Media Crew; the final version documentary short "We Win or We Die," which focuses on the Egyptian uprising and premiered in workshop form at Venice Arts Gallery last summer; and a selection of short films from Media That Matters. Those interested in showcasing their talent at the Open Screen event may submit their work by emailing Elysa Voshell.
RSVP here.

MOPLA’s Official Projection Series: Pro’jekt LA (Part IV): Take Me There
Tuesday, April 24, 7-10pm
Venice Arts Gallery will host the fourth in MOPLA’s four-part projection series: Pro'jekt LA: "Take Me There: Photography Commenting on the Future of Technology. How, What and Where Will it Take Us...." The projection series is curated by Jesse Cowen. The night will showcase the work of Matt Carr, Virginia Woods-Jack, Thomas Jackson, Jessica Miller, Tony Law and more to be announced.
RSVP here.



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