LACMA9 Art+Film Lab comes to East Los Angeles college to collect oral-history from the community

Jesus Figueroa
Written by Jesus Figueroa

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with East Los Angeles College bring their LACMA9 Art+Film Lab to Monterey Park starting on Jan. 10.
An Opening-Night Party to be held on Jan 10 starting at 6 p.m. kicks off the five week residency of the film lab on the ELAC campus, in Monterey Park, Calif., adjacent to the Vincent Price Art Museum. The event starts with an open house from 6 to 8 p.m., live music performance by Buyepongo starting at 7 p.m. and a special screening of "Searching for Sugarman" starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Complex Recital Hall of the ELAC campus.
The Art+Film lab will bring free art, film programming and a space for the members of the community to learn and experiment with art and the filmmaking processes.
Among the activities during the five weeks are an opening-night celebration, hands-on art and filmmaking workshops, a diverse selection of weekly film screenings and a gathering of oral-history from community members.
After the program's run, Monterey Park residents will be invited to a special community day at LACMA on April 6. Visitors will receive free admission to the museum on that day.
The free workshops will show participants how to use technology to record their personal expression. Workshops will include creating soundtracks, cinematography, in-camera editing, and more. The lab will provide equipment, tools and materials for these projects.
The Art+Film Lab launched last June and brings engaging programs to nine communities throughout Southern California – Redlands, San Bernardino, Altadena, Monterey Park, Hacienda Heights, Montebello, Compton, Inglewood, and Torrance.
The Art+Film Lab is a collaboration with acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo and Nicole Miller and offers unique perspectives about community, design, and space.
Acclaimed artist Pardo created the mobile structure that houses the art, film and the areas for recording oral-history.
Installation artist Nicole Miller works with residents in each city to gather oral history that explore subjectivity and self-representation as tools for the possible reconstitution of lost history.
Contributors from the community have an opportunity to contribute to Miller's work by sharing personal anecdotes or interviewing friends and family members on camera.
Participants are encouraged to bring a thumb drive to take home an audio copy of the recording.

Hours for drop-in contributions:

  • Jan. 17, 24, 31 and February 7 from 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 12, 26 and February 9 from 12:30-4 p.m.
ARTISTIC JOURNEY– LACMA9 Art+Film mobile lab designed by the artist
Jorge Pardo for LACMA.
LACMA9 Art+Film lab will have a special Valintine's Day celebration on the final day at the ELAC campus when contributors will be encouraged to share a sweet story of love, or confess one’s true feelings in the Oral-History Workshop.
Miller’s series of works will be exhibited at LACMA on the Monterey Park Community Day on April 6. Residents of Monterey Park can visit the museum for free for the entire day, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., participate in family-friendly art activities, explore the galleries through tours, and view a new video artwork by Nicole Miller that features Monterey Park area community members.
The Art+Film lab structure travels to partnering communities where it remains for a five weeklong residency.
Alongside the structure, a wide range of films, from Hollywood classics to foreign films, will be screened every weekend.

Schedule of films during the ELAC campus residency:
  • Jan. 10 starting at 8:30 p.m.
    • "Searching for Sugarman"
  • Jan. 17 starting 7 p.m. 
    • "Little Fugitive"
  • Jan. 24 starting on 7 p.m. 
    • "Up"
  • Jan. 31 starting at 7 p.m. 
    • "LACMA9 Short Program 
      • "Daybreak Express" 
      • "Olivia's Place" 
      • "Kristallnacht"
      • "The Sound we See: A Los Angeles Symphony" 
      • "Red Ballon"
  • Feb. 7 starting at 7 p.m.
    • "The Horse" 
    • "The Three Burials of Melquiades"
  • Feb. 8 starting at 7 p.m. 
    • "To Live"
The LACMA9 Art+Film Lab is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

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