Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, lectures, readings and exhibits. Beach=Culture events take place mostly on Tuesdays in the summer and Mondays in the winter. Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy are available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site prior to most Beach=Culture events. Reservations required. Beach=Culture Reservations >
Shelf Perception: Artist Panel with moderator Lisa Adams
Tuesday, April 22, 6:30pm
Artists from the current Gallery exhibit, Shelf Perception (on display through April 27, 2014), discuss issues of feminism, perception and more in this wide ranging discussion with artists Ashley Hagen, Emily Sudd, Elizabeth Tinglof, and Jenny Donaire. Moderated by contemporary painter Lisa Adams.
See below for information on the Shelf Perception gallery exhibit.
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Red Hen Press: Kim Dower, Kate Gale & Jim Tilley
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30pm
The Beach=Culture favorites series is back with more trademark irony, insight and poetry. Kate Gale and Kim Dower show us the world in a sandwich wrapper, while Jim Tilley delights in imaginative abstractions that assume the stature of "actual reality."
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Artist Residency Program
Artist in Residence
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the City of Santa Monica created the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency program. Several times a year a local artist works out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public both in person and online. Beach House residents blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
Thank you to Helen Lessick who recently concluded her residency. Check out Helen’s blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
We look forward to welcoming our upcoming artists in residence, Four Clowns. They will be rehearsing onsite starting late May with outdoor afternoon performances at the Marion Davies Guest House July 9-11 and July 16-18.
Marion Davies Guest House & Docent Tours
Learn about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and no reservations are required. Please note: Tours are limited to 15 guests. The Guest House may close in instances of inclement weather.
The Guest House is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm, unless there is a private event booked in the Guest House. Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm. Please view our calendar of public activities for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours.
During this season, Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance. Please check our calendar or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
Summer Hours (June 11 - September 1, 2014)
The Guest House is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm. Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm.
February 27 - April 27, 2014
Emily Sudd, "Teacup," Collected ceramic objects arranged and fired together
Shelf Perception highlights the work of four Los Angeles-based female artists who reconsider the traditional art object by negotiating the spaces between painting, sculpture, photography, and domestic and architectural objects. The exhibition features work that undermines the structural integrity of physical and mental space, drawing correlations between the intangible and the concrete through the subversion of pictorial space and explorations of materiality and entropy.
For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.