Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
MARION DAVIES GUEST HOUSE
The 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, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.
- Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun, 11am-2pm
- Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.
- Open Tuesday evenings, prior to Beach=Culture events, 5-6:30pm
- Closed Thursday
- Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
- No reservations are required.
Organized group tours may be available on select Thursdays during the summer season and accommodate 30-45 people. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Guest House group tour application.
May 22 through Sept 8 9am-4pm daily
Unseen showcases the photographic work of five emerging Los Angeles-based artists. Their distinctive stories converge at in-between moments. The liminal quality shared by these works invokes an enhanced appreciation and awareness of unnoticed glances, gestures, spaces, and time. www.unseenphotoshow.com
Ruben A Diaz-Cifuentes peeps into the mystical workplace of showgirls during vacant hours.
Bonnie Ebner explores symbolic gestures in otherwise overlooked moments.
Junko Inoue seeks the intersection where the city's inhabitants and architecture seamlessly become one.
Myrna Reyes creates an ode to bygone eras.
Benjamin Simpson captures unsuspecting subjects singled out from the crowd.
*Please check the website calendar or 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. For more information about the gallery, please e-mail Malina Moore at email@example.com or call (310) 458-8350.
Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required. Beach=Culture Details & Reservations >
Red Hen Press Reading: Tom Janikowski, Kim Freilich Dower, Nicelle Davis, Laurel Ann Bogen, moderated by Kate Gale
Tuesday, September 1, 6:30-8:00pm
The readers this evening push the boundaries of story and provoke both excitement and insight, whether writing about small town murders, women immured in castles, or the follies of life in Los Angeles. Tom Janikowski will read from his debut novel, The Crawford County Sketchbook.
New Short Fiction Series Reading: Working Los Angeles
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30-8:00 pm
Stories of work and working in the City of Angels, presented in New Short Fiction style by three actors reading pieces by three local authors.
Actors Alex Boling, Shaun Shimoda and spoken word artist Sally Shore read the works of authors Robert Morgan Fisher, Tommy Kim and Mary Kuryla.
Heyday Books Reading: Paradise Lost & Found
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
Join us for a reading and panel discussion celebrating the publication of LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. Authors David Ulin, Charles Hood, Wendy Gilmartin, and Jason Brown will help us see LA in a new light, sharing insights into freeways, palm trees and postcards that define and mythologize our geographical and mental landscapes. Copies for sale at the event courtesy of Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore.
Beach Walk with Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno
Wednesday, September 16, 9-10 am
Start your day connecting with the natural elements! Beach House Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno leads a group beach walk informed by her dance practice. This will be a very casual walk down the beach as a group, sharing some of the meditative movement processes that Bruno and dancer/collaborator Samantha Mohr have been developing during the development of Bruno's new work, Elemental Forms.
Open House: 'Elemental Forms' + Gallery show reception + Vintage Jazz Dance Hall
Wednesday, September 25, 4-8 pm
Stop by the Beach=Culture Open House for a taste of various cultural offerings from our ongoing series. At 4pm check out the dress rehearsal of Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno’s new site-specific dance work Elemental Forms. Please note that Friday’s performance is a dress rehearsal for documentation, and may differ in duration and continuity from the performances on Saturday & Sunday. Stay for a reception at 6pm celebrating the opening of the Art Bank show in the Beach House Gallery. At 6:30pm: a short ballroom dance lesson with James & Cynthia, followed by a mini-Dance Hall featuring the vintage jazz of Nick Ariondo & Friends. Bring a partner or dance with a new friend, all levels welcome..
'Elemental Forms' by Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno
Saturday, September 26, 4-7 pm
Sunday, September 27, 4-7 pm
Rebecca Bruno concludes her residency at the Beach House with a meditative new work set in the Courtyard and Garden. Dancers: Samantha Mohr and Rebecca Bruno; Costume Design: Lynn Ellen Bathke. This work is set outside with some audience movement; wear sun protection and comfortable shoes. Saturday & Sunday performances will be followed by a talkback and discussion with the artists.
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.
For questions about the Residency, please contact Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 458-2257
To be added to the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division's mailing list, including upcoming artist opportunities, sign up here.
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