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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 >
Angel City Press Reading: Cory Buckner on Midcentury Modern in Crestwood Hills
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-7:30pm
Architect Cory Buckner's new book, Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia, follows the the growth of the cooperative as they purchased the land, designed and built houses by famed modernists A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith, and faced various difficulties in establishing the community they named Crestwood Hills.
Red Hen Press Reading: Brynn Saito, Mahogany L. Browne, Richard Siken
Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-8:00pm
The Poetry Society of America joins with Red Hen Press to present another exciting combination of West and East Coast poets, whose sensibilities and language explore the contradictions inherent in all great stories.
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 email@example.com 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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