Admire the flower arrangements and create lasting sculptures at MAIDEN LA


The Union Square florist shop in Velaslavasay Panorama for LA MAIDENNE 2020 (image courtesy of Velaslavasay Panorama)

This month, Angelenos and beyond will experience the ambitious LA MAIDENNE, an event (now in its fourth year) sharing projects from artists based across Los Angeles County. The name is a cheeky allusion to the Hammer’s Museum Made in Los Angeles, a renowned biennial showcasing new and underrepresented work by Los Angeles-based artists (which is also slated to open in September). LA MAIDENNE hopes to “expand the way a city’s artistic landscape is defined” by being as inclusive as possible. Impressive, the event accepts all submitted projects – this year it features around 75 artists, collectives, curators and organizations.

As one would hope and expect, the in-person events at LA MAIDENNE this year are on the outside and socially distanced. There are also many virtual options. Here are some upcoming events that have marked us.

Stop at the historic Union Theater building, currently the headquarters of Panorama Velaslavasay (which features a magnificent 360-degree panorama). Four evenings in September, the front of the building will be filled with floral arrangements made by master florist Gladys Chantrelle Peckinpah of the Union Square florist shop. The flowers will range from celebration bouquets and funeral sprays to floral headdresses for debutante balls.

When: From Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening
Or: Union Theater (1122, 24th street west, university park, Los Angeles)

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Michael Rippens, “20 Seconds In Memoriam” (image courtesy of the artist)

For his performance “20 Seconds In Memoriam”, Michael Rippens set up a public hand washing station in a front yard, filled with biodegradable soap and disposable hand towels. One at a time, visitors will be asked to use the station and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds “to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” As they wash their hands, the water will reveal the names of “deceased doctors, nurses, paramedics, caregivers, hospital janitors, administrators and nursing home workers” in the sink basin.

When: from Saturday September 12 to Sunday September 13; From Saturday September 19 to Sunday September 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or: 3778 Sutro Avenue, Leimert Park, Los Angeles

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Emily Blythe Jones demonstrates sustainable mold making (Image courtesy of the artist)

Want to sculpt but you don’t have the materials? Emily Blythe Jones shares an eco-friendly mussel-making recipe in this online workshop streamed directly from her kitchen. In addition to demonstrating how we can sculpt with non-toxic substances, Jones also plans to “demystify” mold making techniques (and will be open to your questions throughout the workshop). For those who cannot attend the event, the recording will be available after the fact on YouTube.

When: Saturday September 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: Instagram Live

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