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 >
Creative Site Activation - Frederick Fisher, Lewis MacAdams & Helen Lessick
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30pm
This panel discussion with architect Frederick Fisher, LA River activist Lewis MacAdams and Artist in Residence Helen Lessick will focus on public places, public sites and artistic actions.
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Red Hen Press: John Barr, Nate Barr and Cecilia Woloch
Tuesday, March 25, 6:30pm
Red Hen is back with a lead up to their 2014 summer reading series! This time we feature father and son poets Nate and John Barr and local poet Cecilia Wolloch.
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Artist Residency Program
Writer in Residence
The Beach House is pleased to present Helen Lessick, 2014 Writer in Residence. She'll be starting her tenure on January 6 and working from the Marion Davies Guest House through March 17. Helen will hold public office hours every Monday and Saturday from 11am-1pm on site - ask at Guest Services for Helen's location. If you are an artist or arts administrator you may find her extensive experience in the fields of public art, grantseeking and arts engagement to be of great interest! Helen will be welcome questions in person during office hours and online on the Beach House Artist in Residence Blog.
Helen Lessick is a conceptual artist, author, and public art consultant who is spending her time as the 2014 Writer in Residence finishing a project called a "Field Guide to Time," writing three essays on art in the public sphere, and leading two discussion groups about art and community as well as a proposal writing workshop for artists. Born and raised near Philadelphia, Helen headed west for her education. She travels widely to write, research, make art in public, participate in the founding of artist-run organizations and work in nonprofit and municipal cultural programs. Her practice is based in Los Angeles. More info at lessick.net.
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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
Opening Reception March 6, 6-8pm
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.