| Jan 10, 2014 |
LA Art Show to host Designer Thursday dialogs
Boh staff
By Staff

Interior designer James Magni and architect Harry Gugger will be speaking at the LA Art Show’s Designer Thursday event, January 16, about the intersection of art and design in their work. Gugger will discuss the challenges of designing a space for a public art collection and Magni will focus on the impact of art, light, design and spirituality in his work.

James Magni and Harry Grugger

The annual lecture series “Dialogs LA” is meant to provoke discussion to enhance creativity, pushing the envelope on topics from the political and cultural impact of art and design, to the business of art and the international marketplace, to the latest art trends and movements.

The first dialog of Designer Thursday takes place at noon with writer, reporter and art critic Anthony Haden-Guest, moderated by artist and curator Bruce Helander. Entitled the Big Melt, it explores how the art world has changed in the last 25 years and is described as follows: One can see art’s new economic heft everywhere. And not only is the art world bigger, it’s in an accelerating state of melt. Many alternative art world economies are burgeoning. Street art. Online art. High tech art and Crafts gone wild.

At 2:00 p.m.,
 Gugger will discuss the complexity of designing a space for a public art collection. He wrote, “The building can be an art piece in itself, grow attendance and become a destination for tourism.  But it has to stand the tests of time, house a collection in perpetuity, reflect the community and the collection it serves, and incorporate room for growth."

At 4:00 p.m. Magni will offer an illustrated conversation about how art, light, design and spirituality have inspired and shaped his 25-year career. A book signing of Magni Modernism will follow the lecture.

Designer Thursday concludes after the Collecting Fashion/Making History discussion at 5:30 p.m. wherein Kevin Jones, curator of the FIDM Museum, will discuss the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. A book signing will follow.

Dialogs LA will continue through Saturday, January 19, and will feature Van Gogh Museum director, Axel Rüger; photographer Gil Garcetti; Emeritus director of MOCA, Cliff Einstein; Biennale di Venezia curator, Itala Schmelz; Mexico jewelry specialist and museum consultant Janet Zapata; President of La Ruta Maya, Fernando Piaz; and artists Kenton Nelson, Andrea Juan and Zhang Yu.

2012 LA Art Show

The LA Art Show will encompass the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair and will present works in both ‘modern and contemporary’ and ‘historic and traditional contemporary’ sections.

Design industry professionals are invited to attend the show and programming free of charge with valid identification and business credentials on Thursday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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