Artwork by Nicola L. on display at the Huntington as part of the "Made in LA 2020: a version" exhibition. | Photo by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com

Art and opera in NELA this week

2021 April Arts & Culture Editions More News

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

A new exhibition opens and opera returns this week, along with several ongoing cultural events in NELA. Here’s the latest:

Isolation Habitats will be on display at Oxy Arts from April 22 to May 16. | Image by Oxy Arts

Oxy Arts on York will showcase the works of three Occidental College seniors in an exhibition entitled Isolation Habitats, April 22 to May 16. The artists — Harrison Kallner, Danica Odell and Ellery Thompson — are studio art majors who have worked throughout the pandemic in mediums including photography, video and painting. | An in-person reception will take place April 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Oxy Arts, 4757 York Blvd. Exhibition open by appointment; to schedule a visit, email: oxyarts@oxy.edu.

Pacific Opera Project (POP) is back. | Image by POP

The Pacific Opera Project (POP) is back with open air performances — April 24 and April 25 — at the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights. POP will perform “Trouble in Tahiti,” Leonard Bernstein’s 1952 opera. The audience will be distanced and grouped into pods. Audience members are invited to bring their own blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks for picnicking. Protocols, showtimes and tickets (from $25 to $40) are available here.

A view of “Del Cielo Caen las Hojas,” an installation at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park | Photo courtesy of Bermudez Projects.

Bermudez Projects

Del Cielo Caen las Hojas (The Leaves Will Fall From the Sky), a new site-specific installation at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park, is the first in a series of exhibitions at the gallery dedicated to BIPOC and LGBTQ artists. The installation, by an unnamed artist referred to as “ARTST UNKNWN,” explores destiny and free will using corn-based materials — in part, an homage to the artist’s mother and their Mexican heritage. Del Cielo Caen las Hojas is on view now through April 24.

The Bermudez Projects exhibition of works by artist Ana Serrano is also on view now through May 15. Entitled a sense of place, the exhibition highlights Serrano’s works in cardboard, wood and acrylic that evoke the L.A. neighborhoods of her youth. 

Bermudez Projects is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to  6 p.m. No appointment is necessary; Covid-19 safety protocals remain in place. 

“Welgatim’s Song” (2001) by artist Judith Lowry, as featured in When I Remember I See Red at the Autry. | Image: The Autry.

Autry Museum of the American West 

The Autry reopened April 6 with in-person viewing of When I Remember I See Red, a survey of contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and more from Native Californian artists.

The exhibit, which explores the indigenous past, present and future of the region, will run until Nov. 14.

Reservations are required and can be found here

Artwork by Nicola L. on display at the Huntington as part of the “Made in LA 2020: a version” exhibition. | Photo by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens

The indoor galleries at the Huntington in San Marino reopened April 17 with the debut of “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” a major exhibition of L.A. artists that was set for 2020, but delayed due to the pandemic. The exhibition will run until Aug. 1.

Of the 30 artists in the exhibition, five live or work in Northeast L.A., four in Highland Park and one in Montecito Heights. 

More information on ticketing and attendance can be found here.

Arroyo Seco Regional Library

“They Called Us Enemy,” the graphic memoir of George Takei (the actor best known for playing Sulu on “Star Trek”) is the book club choice this month at the Arroyo Seco Regional Library in Highland Park; it’s the first time the club has chosen a book in the graphic format. Takei’s memoir tells the story of his imprisonment in a WWII Japanese American concentration camp.

For help using your library card to get the book digitally or in paper — and to sign up for the Zoom discussion of the memoir on April 24 at 3 p.m. — email the adult librarian, Sarah Moore, at smoore@lapl.org. 

Elysian Valley Arts Collective 

The nonprofit Elysian Valley Arts Collective is seeking entries for their spring Juried Art Show. The collective asks artists to reflect on the theme of “home,” per these prompts: “What’s your idea of home? Is it a safe place? Is it a feeling? How has “shelter in place” affected your views of home?”

Six prizes will be awarded, including a $500 grand prize, four runner-up prizes of $100 each and one $150 prize for an emerging artist age 18 or younger.

The submission deadline is May 10. Entry is free. Details are here. 


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Pablo Nukaya-Petralia is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. An Eagle Rock native and graduate of Occidental College, he regularly covers local art and culture while also working as the social media manager for the Boulevard Sentinel. Feel free to contact him at ppetraila@me.com with tips and news.

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Pablo Nukaya-Petralia
Pablo Nukaya-Petralia is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. An Eagle Rock native and graduate of Occidental College, he regularly covers local art and culture while also working as the social media manager for the Boulevard Sentinel. Feel free to contact him at ppetraila@me.com with tips and news.

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