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What to Do (Online) This Week: Meditate With Art, Visit a Frank Lloyd Wright House, and More

Los Angeles art spaces are stepping up their virtual game.

Virtual tour of John Baldessari: Wrong Is Right at Mixografia (screenshot via Mixografia virtual gallery)

For several years, Hyperallergic has highlighted art events for readers to seek out and enjoy in Los Angeles and New York City every week. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re sharing ways for readers to stay engaged with these cities and their beloved art spaces, even from home.

In Los Angeles, there are some great exhibitions to see online (not the same, I know, but the technology can be impressive), as well as plenty of edifying activities (like learning how to make your own marbled paper), and opportunities to interact directly with curators and meditate with art. Below are some highlights from local institutions.

Virtual tour of John Baldessari: Wrong Is Right at Mixografia (screenshot via Mixografia virtual gallery)

John Baldessari: Wrong Is Right at Mixografia

John Baldessari, who died in January of this year in Venice, was an especially beloved artist and teacher in Los Angeles. This exhibition, which looks quite nice online, remembers Baldessari through the editions he made with print publishers across LA, including El Nopal Press, Jacob Samuel, Gemini GEL, and Mixografia.

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Kathryn Garcia, “Forma II” (2018), colored pencil and graphite on Stonehenge Paper (image courtesy the artist © Kathryn Garcia)

Guided Meditation With Art, Led by Kathryn Garcia

This Thursday, April 9, at 5pm (PST), Los Angeles-based artist Kathryn Garcia will use one of her artworks as an object of meditation, promising to “deepen your perception” and guide you “on a journey toward stillness.” (Personally, going to see art has always been my favorite form of meditation — just pausing and looking can be surprisingly therapeutic.) Garcia’s session will also include sound healing and footage of an idyllic cove. Tune in on the Orange County Museum of Art’s Instagram.

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Living room view of the Hollyhock House (screenshot via hollyhockhousevirtual.org)

Virtually Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

I feel truly blessed to (normally) have access to this renowned architect’s house in my backyard. It’s a gorgeous and unusual structure, notable for its Mesoamerican influences, and it recently joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Just last fall, a high-tech virtual tour of the house was launched thanks to a collaboration between the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department on Disability, and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. You can now transport yourself to this luxurious home, and for the architecture nerds out there, you can also access the Hollyhock archives that contain blueprints and documents on the house’s various renovations. (A plus to the virtual tour: it includes access to the upstairs rooms not usually open to the public.)

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(via the Autry Museum)

The Autry Museum of the American West Presents, Is This a Western? 

Autry curator Josh Garret-Davis has started the new series Is This a Western? in which he “claims to be able to take any film, song, book, or pop culture reference and explain how it relates to the mythology of the American West.” He’s currently accepting challenges from the public — just email [email protected]

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(via @craftcontemporary)

Crafting Projects With Craft Contemporary

Instagram is proving to be an especially useful tool during quarantine times. Craft Contemporary has been regularly posting crafting tutorials, including how to make your own stationery with hammered flowers, how to make marbled paper, how to paint with yarn, and make prints with bubblewrap.

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