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Cartwheel Art Tours x Dark Progressivism x The Container Yard in the DTLA Arts District for World Art Day IAA-UNESCO

April 17, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Join Cartwheel Art Tours x Cartwheel Art Magazine, on an adventure in our neighborhood of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, to celebrate World Art Day IAA-UNESCO, hosted by Downtown LA Art Walk!


Ticket price for the film and Q & A: $15.00 // Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm // Location: The Container Yard
Cartwheel Art and Dark Progressivism writer/director Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, have partnered with The Container Yard to bring you the firrst LA pre screeing of the highly anticipated full length documentary, Dark Progressivism.
An official selection of the Newport Beach Film Festival,”Dark Progressivism” is a riveting inside look at the Los Angeles history of graffiti and tattoo art, the street gangs’ influence on these arts, and the social conditions experienced during a specific time period. Featuring artists like Big Sleeps Alex Kizu (Defer), Joe Prime Reza, Heaven (Juan Carlos), Willy Heron, and Chaz Bojorquez, authors, academics and law enforcement officials,
“Dark Progressivism” explores the artists’ urge to create and the forces working for and against their desire for self-expression, set against one of the most turbulent periods in Los Angeles’ modern history.
Following the film, there will be Q & A with director/writer, Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre hosted by the legendary Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, owner of Copro Gallery and the newly opened Gregorio Escalante Gallery Rodrigo is a contributor to the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Cartwheel Art, and the author of Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs.
Cartwheel Art is a sponsor of the film and Lisa Derrick, Cartwheel Art Magazine editorial director, is the associate producer
More on Dark Progressivism can be found on the Cartwheel Art Save the Date here.
Ticket Price: $25.00 (or discounted to $35.00 if purchasing both pre-screening/Q&A ticket and tour ticket) //
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm // Location: We will meet outside at The Container Yard
For those that would like to continue celebrating World Art Day with us, Cartwheel Art Tours has designed a special tour to tie-in the Dark Progressivism film, with co-host and author of Graffiti LA. Steve Grody, who was also in the film, will show us murals and street art, some by artists in the film as he expands further into the background and diversity of lettering and styles with the graffiti art, that we will be viewing.
Cindy Schwarzstein, Cartwheel Art founder, who resides in the Arts District, and is also a board member on the neighborhood council, will provide an insider perspective of this area that was once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the LA River, to what’s now becoming one of Los Angeles’ most unique, dynamic, art-centric and rapidly changing neighborhoods.
With Cindy’s “insider” perspective, you will learn about the history, new developments and unique artisan businesses in the neighborhood
More details about the tour are as follows:
DISCOVER: Murals and street art/graffiti in the DTLA Arts District with Steve Grody, who was also a resident of the Arts District for 27 years and was part of MOCA’s Art in the Streets 2011 exhibition. Steve will speak to the group about graffiti lettering and styles, and the difference between gang writing and the types of street art and murals. .
In addition to viewing murals and art in The Container Yard by Dark Progressivism artists Big Sleeps, Defer, Heaven and Prime–for those that are with us duirng the film pre-screening–we will view the work of Skill, who is also in the film, and painted in the UTI Crew’s Hall of Fame Yard..
Other murals viewed on our urban walking adventure, will include those at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel, where Steve Grody worked with them to identify the artists on their walls. (See more about Hauser, WIrth and Schimmel here from Cartwheel Art, here from Cindy Schwarztein, and here from Steve Grody).
There will also be murals viewed by artists: Kim West, How & Nosm, Dabs & Myla, JR, Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, RISK, Damon Martin and more.
EXPLORE: the Arts District, home to over 30 galleries, (some in adjacent industrial neighborhoods), plus major art centers and museums, along with breweries, distilleries, coffee roasters, cafes and restaurants, and other specialty, artisan businesses and boutiques.
It’s at Art Share-LA, where we will view the exhibition Faces in the Crowd. The exhibition, created for World Art Day, explores the human face and how it’s been the site of mystery, symbolism, memory, aspirations and longing negotiated between representation of truth and interpretation of style.
EXPERIENCE: Angel City Brewery, who will provide us a private tour of the historic former John A. Roebling’s Sons Company warehouse now housed by Angel City Brewery. It’s on this tour, where we will learn about the historic decorative tiles by Ernest Batchelder and see the banister made with the suspension cables that were originally produced in the warehouse during its earlier incarnation. There will also be a tasting of Angel City Brewery’s hand-crafted beer to end our World Art Day adventure together!
Guests of the World Art Day events with Cartwheel Art Tours in the DTLA Arts District, will receive 10% discount at Shreebs Coffee during the day. The code will be sent by email, the night before the event.
Notes for the event at The Container Yard and tour:
– Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
– Ages 12 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
– Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.
– Ages 21 and up for the tour and tasting at Angel City Brewery
– Photography is encouraged! Tag the following:
Cartwheel Art: @cartwheel_art #cartwheelarttours
Dark Progressivism: @darkprogressivism #DarkProgressivism
Steve Grody: @steve_grody #SteveGrody #GraffitiLA
The Container Yard: @thecontaineryard #TCY
Angel City Brewery: @angelcitybeer #AngelCityBrewery
Shreebs Coffee: @shreebscoffee
Art Share LA: @artshare_la
Advance Tickets Only. All Sales FinaL



Mural collaboration by Big Sleeps, Defer, and Vyal at The Container Yard




Murals by Shepard Fairey and Kim West


Mural by Else Oner at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel



Mural by Kim West at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel


UTI Crew Hall of Fame Yard


Brenda Hurst at Art Share LA

Pod Interior

Shreebs Coffee will be offering 10% discount to guests. Code will be emailed night before event/tour. Photo by David Benhaim.

World Art Day event programming partners for August 17th include the following:

Cartwheel Art: Cartwheel Art engages the art community through publishing an online art magazine highlighting Los Angles events; and by providing a range of promotional editorial media services and event programming, as well as matching brands to artists.
More here: CartwheelArt.com Follow Facebook and Instagram

Cartwheel Art Tours: Cartwheel Art Tours produces and leads immersive, neighborhood art tours throughout Southern California for groups and organizations. Guests are provided unique and exclusive opportunities to discover, explore and experience both art and neighborhoods in which it is made, Cartwheel Art Tours designs varied and rotating experiences utilizing the perspectives of an eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate insiders including historians, artists, writers and filmmakers who are deeply connected to their neighborhoods. All tours are led by Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art and a board member of Los Angeles River Artist and Business Association (LARABA), and co-hosted by Steve Grody, historian and author of Graffiti L.A. for the educational graffiti componet of the tours.
More here: Cartwheelart.com/Tours/. Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Dark Progressivism: Dark Pogressivism is a feature length documentary film that demonstrated the brutal and always beautiful tradition of these art forms and their trajectory from the 1980’s until the present. Directed and written by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, a contributor to Cartwheel Art, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Cartwheel Art, and author of Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 gangs, and produced by award winning filmmaker, James Yi (Twinseters, Moorz-lum, Detroit Unleaded, Man Up), Dark Progressivsim is a riveting inside look at the Los Angeles history of Graffiti and tattoo art, the street gang’s influence on these arts, and the social conditions experienced during a specific time period.
More here: DarkProgressivism.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram

The Container Yard: Located in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, The Container Yard continues to emerge as one of the most exciting urban renewal projects in the second largest city in America.
More here: TheContainerYard.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Graffiti LA: The book Graffiti L.A., by Steve Grody, provides a comprehensive and visual history of graffiti in Los Angeles, as well as an in-depth examination of the myriad styles and techniques used by writers today. Complementing the main text, interviews with L.A.’s most prolific and infamous writers provide insight into the lives of these fugitive artists. Essential to the understanding of the development of the graffiti movement, this book will be an invaluable source to graffiti fans around the world.
More here: GraffitiLA.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Gregorio Escalante Gallery: Located on Chung King Road in Chinatown, and founded by Greg Escalante, Gregorio Escalante gallery, is committed to showcasing a wide range of innovative artists, established and emerging, from the US and beyond. Greg Escalante is also the owner of Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and os co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine.
More here: Gregorio Escalante Gallery
Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Downtown Art Walk: The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports the local community economic development through a variety of year-round programs, which includes the self-guided “Art Walk” on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Their daily mission is to improve the local community and to create economic opportunities for artists, galleries, small businesses, and youth through programs, which include: Downtown Art Mart, Downtown Art Walk Internship Program and Youth Education and Community Art Program.
More here: DowntownArtWalk.org Follow: Facebook and Instagram
Downtown Art Walk World Art Day website and Facebook

Art Share LA:
Art Share L.A.’s 16-year history allows our creative arts center to be in a position to engage the new community while connecting them to the history of the neighborhood, in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Art Share L.A.’s mission is to support artists by providing a creative environment to reside, develop, perform and exhibit their works. Art Share inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit.
More here: ArtShareLA.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Angel City Brewery:
In a city known more for its glitz than its grit, Angel City Brewery is proud to rough things up a bit and work beneath the shiny surface. Our home in the Los Angeles Arts District is both brewery and canvas, the center of a revival for the city’s artists, musicians, hustlers, and craftspeople. It’s an LA that’s as ambitious as it is diverse — and our beer is no exception. Find Angel City on draft or in 6-packs at bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout California and Nevada. Angel City Brewery is an Alchemy and Science brand, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company.
More here: AngelCityBrewing.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram

Shreebs Coffee:
The pop-up coffee shop which began as a backyard gathering currently resides in a shipping container in the Arts District, and has previously set up shop in a laundromat in Hollywood and other random locations throughout LA, serving locally-roasted, organic single-origin coffee to neighbors in need. Stop by for one of their bespoke cold brew latte creations, and for some genuine connection with friends— both new and old.
More here: ShreebsCoffee.com Follow: Facebook and Instagram