The Art of Elysium is a cool charity that helps artists, musicians and other creative types give back to their communities by participating in artistic workshops at children's hospitals and other places with “populations in need.”
For years, one of their major fundraising events has been Genesis, a showcase of emerging L.A. talent. Past Genesis shows have always delivered a diverse array of up-and-coming performers like Jenny O. and Incan Abraham alongside innovative young artists like Night Gallery founder Davida Nemeroff.
This year, with the addition of high-profile curators, Genesis promises to be bigger than ever.
L.A. Weekly can exclusively reveal that the 2014 Genesis event will take place on Friday, September 5 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, with L.A.-based emerging musicians, artists, dancers and filmmakers hand-picked by curators Spike Jonze, Karen O, Alex Ebert, Beck, Cat Power, Shepard Fairey, Santigold and Jakob Dylan.
The Art of Elysium has brought KCRW and Goldenvoice on board to present the event and Supra Footwear as sponsor.
“Moving Genesis to downtown and The Theatre at Ace Hotel allows us to deliver on our mission of supporting emerging artists to the largest possible audience,” said Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell.
The party will start outside the Ace Hotel with a live graffiti artist (curated by Fairey, of course), local artists and food vendors, then move into the theatre for live music by SoKo, Rodrigo Amarante, The Garden, Nite Jewel, Mary Ocher, Moses Sumney, Nico Turner, Vorhees, Aaron Embry, and The Donnies and The Amys, with more to be announced.
One of the evening's odder offerings promises to be a “virtual reality Beck concert video,” created by director/photographer Chris Milk. There will also be an interactive voting component, so guests can vote for their favorite performers of the evening.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Art of Elysium and its mission of “recruiting, supporting and encouraging artists to give back to individuals and populations in need globally using their creativity and artistry.”
Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster starting Saturday, July 26.