Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
MARION DAVIES GUEST HOUSE & DOCENT TOURS
Discover the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Guest House tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and no reservations are required.
The Guest House will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm. Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.
*Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings or inclement weather. Please view the calendar for the most updated Guest House schedule or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
Art Bank: Selections from the City of Santa Monica’s Art Collection
September 18, 2015 - January 12, 2016 9am-4pm daily*
The Art Bank collection contains over 70 works of art—including sculpture, painting, photography and works on paper, created by contemporary artists active in Southern California. It also incorporates 19th century paintings from the McManus Collection donated by William and Margaret McManus in 1950, featuring Dutch genre paintings and California plein air landscapes.
This exhibit is a rare opportunity to see work from the City’s collection in one place. The program was created by the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 1984, with the aim to bring art into the environment and life of Santa Monica’s public spaces and is funded through the City’s Percent for Art Program.
Also on display in the “Wonder Cabinet” is The California Incline – early 20th century views
from the collection of Margaret Bach, which offers a special look back at the development of the California Incline.
Image at right: John Divola, Flying Falling, 1984, Dye transfer print, 32” x 28”
*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. For more information about the gallery, please e-mail Malina Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 458-8350.
Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required. Beach=Culture Details & Reservations >
Tongva Park 'Wonder Rooms' teaser showcase
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8 pm
A musician, a dancer and a puppeteer will be talking about their work and performing in a brief "taster" format. See the full length pieces presented in 'Wonder Rooms' at Tongva Park on Ocean Avenue, October 28.
The Kahlo String Quartet performs Adolphe, Haydn and Barber
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-8 pm
This concert features three distinct styles of music, ranging many centuries; Haydn’s 34th Quartet in D Major (1771), the West Coast Premiere of Julia Adolphe’s Veil of Leaves (2014), and concludes with Samuel Barber’s sole String Quartet in b minor (1936).
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.
For questions about the Residency, please contact Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs Supervisor at email@example.com or call (310) 458-2257
To be added to the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division's mailing list, including upcoming artist opportunities, sign up here.
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