The Broad Stage and National Geographic highlight migrant women’s stories By Bridgette M. Redman When they were open for live shows, one of the most popular offerings at The Broad Stage was the National Geographic Live series. At 7 p.m. on April 14, they’ll host one a digital show, this time on a slightly more serious topic than they usually do. National Geographic Live’s “Women and Migration” features the work of three photographers capturing the stories from among the more than 270 million people in 2019 who were migrants, refugees or immigrants. More than half of that number were women, often leaving home because of famine or violence. The show will be followed by a live moderated conversation and an audience question and answer session with the photographers. “Our hope is that the audience finds this type of programming valuable so that we can expand types of presentations we do with them when we do them in person,” said Eric Bloom, The Broad Stage’s director of artistic planning. Photographers give voices to the unheard The photographers—who hail from such places as Istanbul, Madagascar and Pakistan—are professionals who document displacement and migration, human rights, healthcare, climate change and gender issues. The are part of The Everyday Projects, photographers who use their medium to give voices to the unheard and to shatter stereotypes. The moderator, Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, is a National...Read More
By Kellie Chudzinski Black Lives Matter protests poured into the streets of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhoods in late May through early June, with more recent demonstrations spilling into nearby Westwood. Playa del Rey, often noted as the city’s last sleepy beach town, was relatively unaffected by the thousands of protesters who took to the streets in nearby Venice and Santa Monica earlier this year. But moved by the need for equal justice and equality, local artist Rob Revere sought to use his art to give his neighbors a reminder of the daily fight Black communities face. Following George Floyd’s...Read More
By Katherine Brubaker The Actors’ Gang, founded by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins nearly 40 years ago, has been hosting summer camps since 2005 and during the school year hosts a variety of free arts education programs in LA County schools. “We go into classrooms and give free theater arts programming to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a theater arts program. Some of our programs go into history or English classes, and we bring history or literature to life,” explains Stephanie Lee, Operations Manager of The Actors’ Gang Teaching Department, a teaching artist and actor with the company. “They...Read More
Classic Photographs Los Angeles returns to Bergamot Station By Christina Campodonico The wonderful thing about photo-sharing platforms like Instagram is that the world of vintage photography is at your fingertips. But what if you could have that same experience IRL? That’s where showcases like Classic Photographs Los Angeles come in. Now in its 10th year, the intimate boutique art fair that splintered off from Photo L.A. years ago brings together galleries from across North America for three days at Bergamot Station’s ROSEGALLERY. Visitors can peruse avant-garde prints from Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery, or go back in time with Etherton...Read More
Classic Photographs Los Angeles builds community around images By Sarah Ahern Classic photography never goes out of style. From daguerreotype prints to Instagram posts, it’s an art form that has not only expanded the definition of art, but also who can participate in art. This weekend at Bergamot Station Art Center, more than 30 exhibitors from North America and Japan pay homage to the art form during Classic Photographs Los Angeles, a boutique art show focused on vintage, modern and contemporary photography. Works on display and for sale cover a diverse cross-section of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,...Read More
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