Rosenberg Book Launch, Conversation with Adolfo V. Nodal, & Creative Time Summit Screening
Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present the book launch of Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg as part of Big City Forum’s continued programming in the Mezzanine Galleries. Rosenberg will be in conversation with featured book participant Adolfo V. Nodal starting at 2pm. In addition, selected presentations from the recorded 2014 Creative Time Summit, held in Stockholm, Sweden on November 14-15th, will be screened throughout the day from 12-5pm.
Jeremy Rosenberg’s Under Spring examines Los Angeles’ North Spring Street bridge, a deteriorated concrete landscape that was used for years as a homeless encampment and a buffer zone between gang territories. Between 2006 and 2013, artist Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio team transformed the underpass into a vibrantly creative space that served as a public square, ceremonial ground, art gallery, community garden, and musical instrument. Under Spring explores the unlikely history of this underpass, revealing the past of Los Angeles itself. The book is the Winner of the 2013 California Historical Society Book Award.
The book launch will be paired with a screening of selected presentations from the 2014 Creative Time Summit held in Stockholm the weekend prior. This year’s sixth annual Summit is the first collaboration between the New York City-based Creative Time and Stockholm’s Public Art Agency Sweden. The Summit has been organized by Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson and Director of Public Art Agency Sweden Magdalena Malm, and is being staged at the Kulturhuset, Stockholm on November 14 and 15. It investigates artists’ work as related to the following themes: Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations. In addition to a series of brief, dynamic presentations, the 2014 Summit will include a lively program of tours, meals, dialogues, and special workshops.
About the Participants
Jeremy Rosenberg is the Assistant Dean, Public Affairs and Special Events, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His new book, Under Spring, Voices + Art + Los Angeles (Heyday, 2014) is the winner of the first-ever California Historical Society Book Award. Previously an employee of the Los Angeles Times and of the Annenberg Foundation, Rosenberg's writings about art, urban planning, policy, ideas, and much more have appeared in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Salon (reporting), Orange County Weekly, The Art Newspaper, Forbes Autos, and many other outlets. As a columnist, Rosenberg has written weekly columns called: “The Secret City” for LATimes.com; “The Laws That Shaped LA” and “Arrival Stories” and “Think Tank LA” for KCET; and “City / Culture” for Next City. Rosenberg was named a Next American City Vanguard in 2009. Connect with him on Twitter at @LosJeremy.
Adolfo V. Nodal is devoted to a vibrant cultural landscape for both Los Angeles and Havana. A native of Cuba, he is co-founder and a partner at Cuba Tours and Travel and CEO of EnPoder, a solar sign company working in the Caribbean. He was General Manager of the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs for 12 years ending in 2000. After that he was President of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission for three years. He has also served in other Los Angeles City Commissions and until last year was the President of the Sister Cities of Los Angeles Association. He is the founder and President of Presencia Cubana Festival in Echo Park and many other Los Angeles festivals such as the East Los Angeles Mariachi Festival and the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. A devoted preservationist, Nodal restored over 150 historic neon rooftop signs in Hollywood, The Wilshire Corridor, and Downtown. In 2003, Nodal published Memoria: Cuban Art of the Twentieth Century, the definitive reference book of Cuban art of the 20th Century.
About the Creative Time Summit
The annual Creative Time Summit is the leading conference devoted to the intersection of art and social justice. Since its inception in 2009, the Summit has brought together innovative artists, activists, writers, curators, and others to present bold new strategies for social change to thousands of people, both live and online. Participants range from cultural luminaries to those purposefully obscure, providing a glimpse into an evolving community concerned with the political implications of socially engaged art. To date, the Summit has seen more than 140 presentations and inspired over 5,000 live attendees as well as thousands of remote viewers who watch via Livestream or at one of the 70+ international screening sites, from Kathmandu to Melbourne to Berkeley. Learn more and watch live at creativetime.org/summit.
Since 1974, Creative Time has presented the most innovative art in the public realm. The New York based nonprofit has worked with thousands of artists to produce more than 335 groundbreaking public art projects that have ignited the public’s imagination, explored ideas that shape society, and engaged millions of people around the globe. Creative Time is the only public arts organization with programs that have reached from New York to New Orleans, Haiti to Hanoi, and Dubai to Denver to outer space. Find out more at creativetime.org.
About Big City Forum City of Hope, City of Resistance
City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level is Big City Forum’s 15-month, three-part residency at Armory Center for the Arts. The reading room/library serves as a dynamic, interactive platform for exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and other discursive events. Big City Forum (BCF), founded in 2008 by Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and activist Leonardo Bravo and co-directed with artist/graphic designer River Jukes-Hudson since 2013, is an independent, interdisciplinary project that explores design-based creative disciplines within the context of public space and social change. Since spring 2012, BCF has been in residence at the Armory, during which time it has programmed two seasons of lively, discursive events. Big City Forum’s residency at Armory Center for the Arts was initiated by the Armory’s Gallery Director / Chief Curator Irene Tsatsos and is being supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103