Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
MARION DAVIES GUEST HOUSE
The 5-acre site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool.
Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent!
- Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm**
- Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.
- Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
- No reservations are required.
Organized group tours (15 people+) are available on select Thursdays during the summer season. Please email email@example.com for a Guest House group tour application.
**Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings. Please view our calendar for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
March 5 through May 10 9am-4pm daily*
The fabric of time is the material with which these artists work.
Kathryn Kert's drawings have a kinship with Walter Benjamin's idea of the 'aura' in which a work of art abides, neither close nor far.
Heather Lowe's lenticulars afford a view of consecutive motion as individual pictures that combine to reveal the interplay of shape and intersection of line, according to the viewer's position.
Joan Vaupen's abstract studies of rhythm and balance and succession are laid out on titanium subjected to heat treatment that produces color diffractions on the surface of the durable metal.
Kailey Fry's time-lapse photographs record the increments of time in which a visceral recollection, what actors know as a 'sense memory', is evoked as precisely as possible in the subject.
*Please note, the Gallery hours are subject to change due to event bookings. Please check the website calendar or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours.
About the Gallery:
As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programming, a rotating exhibition program has been created to showcase the work of local artists, artist groups, photographers and curators—both emerging and established. Exhibitions are programmed a year in advance through an open call for group exhibitions issued each year in May. To receive this call and for information about other artist opportunities, please click here or visit the Cultural Affairs website and navigate to the “Artist Opportunities” page to join our mailing list. For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.
Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required. Beach=Culture Details & Reservations >
Red Hen Press Reading
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-8pm
Gary Dop - published in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Agni, and New Letters
Steve Langan - author of Freezing (2001), Notes on Exile and Other Poems (2005), Meet Me at the Happy Bar (2009), and more
Ramon Garcia - author of Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
Elena Karina Byrne - 2005 Poetry Co-Editor for The Los Angeles Review and one of three judges for the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry
Moderator Helene Cardona - author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), Pinnacle Book Award & Readers’ Favorite Award winner, The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press)
Lenticular Images- Talk & Demonstration with Heather Lowe
Sunday, May 3, 2pm-3pm
Ever wondered how a lenticular image is made? Heather Lowe will speak about her process, share secrets of the craft and more. Each guest will have a chance to laminate a lenticular to take home! The first ten RSVPs will be contacted with an offer to create one flip lenticular using two of their own personal images.
Style Stories with Kimberly Truhler: Joan Crawford
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Film historian Kimberly Truhler delivers a fascinating glimpse into film fashion. This talk compares different periods in Joan Crawford's career through The Women (1939) and Mildred Pierce (1945).
Salastina Music Society Octet by Mendelssohn- hosted by KUSC's Brian Lauritzen
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Join Co-Artistic Directors Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, their fantastic guest artists, and KUSC's Brian Lauritzen as they take you on an in-depth exploration of Felix Mendelssohn's famed Octet.
Violins: Kevin Kumar, Maia Jasper, Jacqueline Brand, Hana Hwon Kim
Violas: Meredith Crawford, Luke Maurer
Cellos: Marek Szpakiewicz, Sarah Koo
Host: Brian Lauritzen
UNSEEN Exhibit Opening and Artists Reception
Thursday, May 28, 6-8pm
Unseen showcases the photographic work of five emerging Los Angeles-based artists. Their distinctive stories converge at in-between moments. The liminal quality shared by these works invokes an enhanced appreciation and awareness of unnoticed glances, gestures, spaces, and time. www.unseenphotoshow.com
Ruben A Diaz-Cifuentes peeps into the mystical workplace of showgirls during vacant hours.
Bonnie Ebner explores symbolic gestures in otherwise overlooked moments.
Junko Inoue seeks the intersection where the city's inhabitants and architecture seamlessly become one.
Myrna Reyes creates an ode to bygone eras.
Benjamin Simpson captures unsuspecting subjects singled out from the crowd.
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. Check out the Artist in Residence blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
2015 Choreographer Residency
The deadline to apply as passed. For
questions about the Residency, please contact Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs
Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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