From the abstract to the narrative in mediums from photography and painting to sculpture, site-specific installation and street art, in context each contributes to an intuitive, profound understanding of the array of experiences and emotions surrounding mental health, mental illness and paths to wellness.
But it’s the exceptionally salient and eclectic slate of public programs that really activate the promised Festival of Wellbeing at the core of the WE RISE mission. Every single day brings multiple public engagements, from concerts to poetry slams, silk-screening sessions to independent DJs, group stress relief, and profound panel conversations centering on progressive, on-the-ground policy-making.
All art installations and programs are free and open to the public.
WE RISE L.A. happens at 1262 Palmetto St. in downtown from Saturday, May 18 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends (including Memorial Day), and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. weekdays.
Schedule of Events
The old factory building on the corner of E. 4th Place and S. Hewitt Street in the Arts District is covered in a dynamic angular mural by Danish artist Mikael B. that resembles neon-colored crystals. The Arts District is home to plenty of vibrant street art, but in this case, the building’s exterior reflects the creative people and programming found inside. The 21st Anniversary Gala takes place on May 30.
Part massive interdisciplinary art exhibition, part civic and policy-minded symposium, part public health festival, part community meet-up spot, WE RISE LA is all of these things and more. A ten-day pop-up exposition in a gorgeous brick and glass Arts District development, the 2019 edition of this cross-platform mental well-being happening promises a variety of experiences from the esoteric to the educational, inspirational, and pragmatic.
When the new David Hammons show opens at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles on May 18 it will be, we are told, the largest solo gallery presentation of the artist's career — and saliently, the first solo presentation in Los Angeles in 45 years. This is not that strange, perhaps, given that he hasn’t lived or worked here in about that long — yet somehow it feels remarkable considering that despite this long physical absence, the power of Hammons’ legacy dating back to his work in L.A. during the late 1960s and early 1970s is everywhere with us to this day.
Artists from along a Denmark-United States-Sweden community continuum converge on Hollywood's Noysky Projects for a group show interrogating the tendency of both modern life and contemporary art to privilege the informational and intellectual over the experiential and heartfelt.
ROBOT REMIX is an art exhibition bringing together some 30 artists who use robots of all variety as their muses, nemeses and metaphors along the continuum of futuristic nostalgia. It’s also a progressive action figure emporium, as DKE Toys curates a "bootleg" vision shared by toymakers who use robots to critique and interpret pop culture. And beginning June 1, it’s also an immersive XR program.
Sp[a]ce Gallery, 39 E. Walnut St., Pasadena; Saturday & Sunday, noon-6 p.m., through September 8; free.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 p.m.; free.