The 5-acre site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm**
Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.
Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
No reservations are required.
**Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings. Please view our calendar for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
Coming up in March: Julia Morgan Legacy Event
Sun March 1, 11am-2pm
Noted architect Julia Morgan contributed a cohesive grace to the original Beach House estate built in the late 1920s, shaping the site’s legacy along with William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies.
11am - 12pm Julia Morgan: A Closer Look, a presentation by Victoria Kastner
12pm - 2pm Visit the Marion Davies Guest House and view the historic pool to see Morgan’s work first hand. Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be sharing facets of Morgan’s career.
Ms. Kastner, a historian at Hearst Castle, is the author of the definitive trilogy on Hearst Castle, published by Abrams books: Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy; Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House; and Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land. She has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, LACMA, and the Getty. She has also been interviewed on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, NPR, and Australian National Radio.
On display March 5 through May 10
The fabric of time is the material with which these artists work.
Kathryn Kert's drawings have a kinship with Walter Benjamin's idea of the 'aura' in which a work of art abides, neither close nor far.
Heather Lowe's lenticulars afford a view of consecutive motion as individual pictures that combine to reveal the interplay of shape and intersection of line, according to the viewer's position.
Joan Vaupen's abstract studies of rhythm and balance and succession are laid out on titanium subjected to heat treatment that produces color diffractions on the surface of the durable metal.
Kailey Fry's time-lapse photographs record the increments of time in which a visceral recollection, what actors know as a 'sense memory', is evoked as precisely as possible in the subject.
*Please note, the Gallery hours are subject to change due to event bookings. Please call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours.
About the Gallery:
As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programming, a rotating exhibition program has been created to showcase the work of local artists, artist groups, photographers and curators—both emerging and established. Exhibitions are programmed a year in advance through an open call for group exhibitions issued each year in May. To receive this call and for information about other artist opportunities, please click here or visit the Cultural Affairs website and navigate to the “Artist Opportunities” page to join our mailing list. For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the City of Santa Monica created the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency program. Several times a year a local artist works out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public both in person and online. Check out the Artist in Residence blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
2015 Choreographer Residency
Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2015, rec’d in office by 5:00pm
The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division seeks applications from choreographers residing in Los Angeles County for an Artist Residency at the Beach House.
The Choreographer Residency Program offers a private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House and access to designated open spaces of the Annenberg Community Beach House over the span of three weeks in September 2015 for the purpose of creating a work of outdoor site-specific dance. An honorarium of $3000 is available to the chosen choreographer.
Download the Call for Proposals here! For
questions about the Residency, please contact Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs
Supervisor at email@example.com or call
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