The carefully curated night of musical performances and LA based visual artists included an array of multi talented curators such as; Beck, Shepard Fairey, Karen O, Santigold, Cat Power and Spike Jonze. With a sturdy list of celebrity attendees: ranging from art patrons, artists, actors, musicians there was virtually no where to look without becoming visually stimulated. Rarely does an organization hit the nail on the head like Art of Elysium has. They bring awareness to a great cause with artistic integrity and surpass expectation when it comes to keeping their finger on the pulse of LA's thriving creative community. We were fortunate enough to do a little Q&A with AOE, founder, Jennifer Howell prior the event itself.Here's what she had to say.
AOE is a very progressive when it comes to throwing these types of that help raise awareness due to the cause and celebrity guests who volunteer. How did AOE (Art of Elysium) go about choosing this year’s guest curators?
(Jennifer Howell) We chose people that we believe have significantly contributed to the arts culture in Los Angeles and New York and turned to them to identify the next generation.
How much creative freedom did they have in handpicking each visual artist?
We gave them complete freedom to choose.
Was there a significant difference in method used in each curator’s decision-making process between them all?
I personally feel that each curator choice of artist came from a choice of who inspired them personally.
Have any of them worked with Art of Elysium prior at other benefits? If so, who?
Aaron Embry has been a long time supporter and from the curator list Alex Ebert, Moby, Spike Jonze, Shepard Fairey and Jakob Dylan have all been long time supporters participating in multiple events and programs.
Do you think that AOE’s out of the box thinking helps generate the success of these events and bring awareness to the initial cause that is benefitting children and interactive volunteering through the arts?
Yes, and it was important The Art of Elysium and Rain Phoenix from our organization to have this event in downtown Los Angeles because it’s the epicenter of the arts and culture movement right now nationally. In particular the former United Artists Theatre represents the united family of artists who collectively believe that art heals.
How was the process this year in choosing the musical acts?
That was done by our incredible curators.
Are they all LA based as well as the visual artists?
They are primarily LA-based with the exception of Mary Ocher who is based in Germany.
Can you briefly describe AOE mission with Genesis (& all other events) and how would you like to see its future growth?
We would love for Genesis to continue its home at the Theatre at the ACE hotel with a long terms partnership moving forward with KCRW and Goldenvoice.
Can you give us a sneak peek of what we will expect from Sept 5th’s event: the ART PARTY with live graffiti installation and inside the theatre at the ACE, Virtual reality installation and multi-platform show that Flaunt magazine and Houston Hospitality curated?
We are going to blow the minds of people attending with a massive collection of artists showing their work and performing their craft across multiple disciplines.
Thats what they did...blew our minds...above and beyond. For more info on performances, artists, Art of Elysium & Genesis and photos from the evening see below.
Live Performances included SoKo, Moses Sumney, Mary Ocher, Rodrigo Amarante, The Garden, Nico Turner, Aaron Embry, Vorhees, The Donnies The Amys, Nite Jewel, Cat Power and Moby. Fine Art & Film Installations by Chris Milk, Lance Bangs, Wrdsmth, Dallas Clayton, Dilletante, Jacqueline Suskin, Pancake Mountain, Natalie Johns, The Movement Movement, Creative Visions Foundation & More…. Including Dj Sets By Allie Teilz And Nina Tarr (The Embassy.)
Genesis is a celebration of emerging artists that brings creatives, tastemakers and social leaders together in support of The Art of Elysium’s programs and mission. This year, the concept begins with curation. Trusted, famed luminaries are asked to select their favorite up and coming LA based artists.
The Art of Elysium is able to provide artistic workshops to hospitalized children through the generous support of individual donors. Donations of all amounts are welcome and are greatly appreciated, whether it is a one-time gift, a monthly contribution or a donation in a friend or family members’ name. Click here to donate http://theartofelysium.org/get-involved/donate/
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