Slanguage, Watts House Project, and architects Frank Escher + Ravi GuneWardena at opening

If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t made your way to LACMA this summer, make sure to do so this week.  Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections ends September 25!


Possible Worlds connects a residency site in Watts, California with the LACMA collection and campus. In collaboration with LACMA and the Watts House Project, an artist-driven urban revitalization project centered around the historic Watts Towers, Ybarra, Diaz, and Slanguage, the artist’s team of collaborators, participated in a residency at the home of longtime residents of Watts, the Garcia family.

The exhibition component of this residency takes at its point of departure the legacy of Simon Rodia and the impulse to create alternative or possible worlds out of unconventional materials or according to unorthodox impulses. The installation features assemblage, folk art, vernacular graphics, images of the Watts Towers and art from the LACMA collection selected by Ybarra, Diaz, and the Slanguage Studio, as well as a newly commissioned sculpture by Ybarra that connects the public art works done at the Watts residency site with the LACMA campus.

But don’t take our word for it.  Here’s a review of Possible Worlds in the LA Times — and a video of Mario and Karla as featured on Unframed, LACMA’s blog.

Please join us this Saturday, August 14, 2010 as ASAP along with LACE hosts an all ages workshop with Slanguage member Karla Diaz.

Karla will share her background in theater and spoken word for everyone to enjoy and learn how to  express creativity through words and performance.

Check out the details for this exciting family event…

This workshop, led by Karla Diaz from Slanguage, asks audiences to engage in examining performance by guiding students to explore negative words in contemporary pop culture. Diaz will introduce drop-in audiences to a variety of performance techniques that Slanguage members use to critically explore content and context in an effort for social change. Participants will learn and practice performance techniques based on theater practices and spoken  word. Please expect to be participating physically at the level that is comfortable for you, and dress accordingly for movement.

Saturday 14 August
1 – 3pm at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
ASAP ( After School Arts Program)

Come by and visit the  Slanguage team booth this Saturday, June 12,  2010 for Art Walk Los Angeles Arts and Music Festival.

From 2 p.m. till 4 p.m– Alonso Garzon will be leading a Hat Workshop with Slanguage members Karla Diaz, Shonowa Villalobos, and Mario Ybarra Jr. asking audiences to use recycled materials to build their hats in the same way Simon Rodia  the creator of the famous Watts Towers did out of recycled materials. Slanguage is preparing to have an exhibition next summer at LACMA titled “Possible Worlds” in collaboration with the Watts House Project. Come and join them, design and build your own custom hat to wear!  

Hat workshop 2009 check out more photos here.

There will be lots of dope art booths, live painting, awesome music, after party and  much more! Check LACMA MUSE website for all the good info.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Miracle Mile
12 pm–12 am (World Cup event starts at 10 am)

See ya there!