Summer Nights with LACMA at NoHo Plaza

LACMA comes to the NoHo Arts District this August. Get ready for some fun art projects, theatre and music this summer.

During the month of August, LACMA will be in the NoHo Arts District on Saturday nights! Stop by NoHo Plaza for art projects connected with LACMA’s collection and exhibitions and enjoy a live DJ set.

WHEN: August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2016 | 6–9 pm

WHERE: NoHo Plaza The green alleyway located between 5223 & 5225 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo Arts District. It’s a half block north of Magnolia Blvd.

Why did LACMA choose to do this community project in the NoHo Arts District?

With the assistance of a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is creating ways to make its programs and collection accessible to the communities of Los Angeles County. To establish and strengthen partnerships within the communities, we would like to support the existing arts districts making the NoHo Plaza an ideal location for this Summer Nights series. The series includes four Saturday nights of music and art workshops that connect to LACMA’s collection and exhibitions. Summer Nights will be a collaborative and engaging art making experience with the community.

What is the Mapping NoHo event?

Mapping NoHo invites community members to gather, walk down memory lane, and talk about the places they used to or continue to visit. The public is encouraged to use their imaginations to design and build venues or shared spaces that they would like to see in their neighborhood on a community map. It will be an evening filled with music and friends both old and new, sharing personal experiences in their community.

Is there anything you would like to highlight about the events?

Every Summer Nights event is unique and created with the North Hollywood community in mind. It is a free outdoor series filled with music and art, designed to bring the NoHo community together at the center of the Arts District.

August 6

LACMA Summer Nights in NoHo
Copyright Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Mapping NoHo

David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio (1980) is a panoramic map of Los Angeles, based on his daily trip from his home to his studio. Come by to add past and present iconography of the NoHo landscape to a community map.

What are your favorite places in the neighborhood? What spaces bring back memories? What would you like to see added to the neighborhood? Draw, paint, or make a collage to add your favorite places—existing, long gone, or imaginary—onto the NoHo community map.

August 13

Summer Nights with LACMA at NoHo Plaza
Man’s Two-piece Zoot Suit, 1938–1942
, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Ellen A. Michelson; De Luxe Hollyvogue (Lundahl Clothing Co.), Man’s Necktie, c. 1945, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Stephen J. and Sandra Sotnick; The Guarantee (Walk-Over Shoes), Pair of Man’s Spectator Shoes, c. 1944, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Carl W. Barrow. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Shapes and Patterns That Make Us

On view at LACMA through August 21, the exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashion from the 18th century to the present. Fashion serves as a tool for expression, rebellion, or as a reflection of a specific time.

What does fashion mean to you? How does it express where you live or who you are? Create your own fashion styles on pre-cut silhouettes, or make a silhouette of yourself, with a wide variety of materials and fabrics.

August 20

Summer Nights with LACMA at NoHo Plaza
Unknown, Tile with Musicians, late 18th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Marilyn Walter Grounds

Sonic Visualization Art

NoHo is home to some of the top recording studios in the country. Legendary artists from Miles Davis to Metallica to Michael Jackson recorded many of their top hits in NoHo. Many of these album covers are influenced by visual art, making them equally as memorable.

Create your own version of these landmark records, using images of artworks in LACMA’s collection and from select albums.

August 27

Summer Nights with LACMA at NoHo Plaza
Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House, photo © Joshua White/

Fear Itself

One of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation, Guillermo del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. On view at LACMA from August 1 through November 27, 2016, the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters reveals the filmmaker’s creative process through his collection of maquettes, drawings, paintings, and artifacts.

Design, draw, and create masks of mythical creatures from stories, films, or your imagination. Be inspired by a performance by NoHo’s own Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group.

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