LBMA to Host Famed After Dark Event to Open Most Ambitious Exhibition Yet

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Images courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

The Long Beach Museum of Art will host its famed summer LBMA After Dark event on Friday, June 26 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM, to celebrate the opening of Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape, the local art institution’s most ambitious exhibition to date.

Guests will have the opportunity to check out the exhibition’s over 60 pieces, including 19 murals painted exclusively inside and on the walls of the Hartman Pavilion.

powwowAccording to the release, this is one of the first exhibitions in North America by a major institution to open its doors to new urban and contemporary artists, inviting them to transform the museum walls with ephemeral murals and multi-media installations. 

LBMA After Dark continues to be one of our most popular events of the year and this particular one we are expecting it to be the biggest yet in regard to attendance,” said Ron Nelson, executive director of the LBMA, in an earlier press statement. “We want everyone who attends to experience this wonderful new exhibition where we have literally bared our walls to show murals and paintings created by some of the top international contemporary artists working in their field.”

LBMA After Dark will feature DJ Rodi (Rodi Delgadillo), owner of Soulific Records and cofounder of the monthly soul funk night, “The Good Foot!” at Alex’s Bar, who will be spinning records for a dance party under the stars. Meanwhile, performances by Kristi Ticerhurst and the POW! WOW! School of Music will also take the stage.

Refreshments will be provided by the museum’s restaurant, Claire’s at the Museum. Moreover, the outdoor activities will also feature a hookah lounge courtesy of So Cal Hookahs and exhibition sponsor Montana Cans will offer samples of their acrylic paint markers for attendees to try out on paper and/or mini canvases.

The Museum is now selling event tickets online via its website. General admission price is $10, but the event is free for anyone who purchases a museum membership by June 25. New museum members can also bring a plus one to the event and will receive a free swag bag that includes a one-time gift certificate to Claire’s at the Museum and a private reception invitation to Vitality and Verve. The private reception will be held on June 26 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Attendees to the event are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to and from the museum. All guests who use their bicycles as transportation will receive a free drink coupon to be used at the event. For more information, including purchasing a membership, please visit the museum’s LBMA After Dark page by clicking here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.