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New Art Festival Arrives in Los Angeles

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2008, at 10:25PM
SCI-Arc /  Elena Manferdini Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Elena Manferdini’s “Merletti”, now hanging in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Image courtesy SCI-Arc / Elana Manferdini.

ForYourArt (FYA) and Black Frame's first annual Los Angeles Art Weekend will be held Thursday, April 10th, to Sunday, April 13th, giving cultural explorers the chance to survey art, architecture, design and experimental film found in the greater Los Angeles area.

As you can see by the simply exemplary FYA guide available online, Downtown Los Angeles is well-represented. The April Downtown Art Walk is highlighted on the Los Angeles Art Weekend site –– so this may be a walk to gussy up and wear your best black.

While the FYA guide lists Farmlab, MOCA, R-23, The Natural History Museum, and the Chinese American Museum as some of the Downtown participants, the well-regarded galleries in and around Chinatown's Chung King Road are highlighted on the map.

Another Downtown event featured is REDCAT’s April 13 presentation of “Compagnie Julie Dossavi: P.I. (Pays) or Présentations intimes”: "Infusing contemporary African dance forms with jolts of high fashion and street culture, the mesmerizing Julie Dossavi from France presents a collection of solos and duets accompanied by live African percussion, voice and electronics."

In Chinatown, TELIC Arts Exchange holds a work-in-progress screening of Dutch documentary film-maker Rene Daalder’s “Here is Always Somewhere Else”. SCI-Arc features Italian designer Elena Manferdini’s “Merletti”, the large-scale canopy made of cut plastic panels now hanging in the SCI-Arc Gallery.

While Art Walk gets attention, no individual galleries on Gallery Row get a mention on the map or listings. One would hope that's simply a case of too much plenty rather than an omission.

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