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Art @ Tongva: The Wonder Room

  • Tongva Park 1615 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA, 90401 United States (map)
Photo by Kristina Sado

Photo by Kristina Sado

 Art @ Tongva 2017 program launches with the fourth annual The Wonder Room, two free evenings of performances and visual art by an interdisciplinary group of artists who synchronously activate the intimate "rooms" of Tongva Park.

The latest edition of this enchanting, and varied event has been expanded for the first time to two consecutive nights. The Wonder Room features new work by acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart and her company, Arrogant Elbow, transforming the mundane into the magical and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rosalie Rodriguez, with Pepe Flores and Gino Gamboa, performing rarely heard Peruvian boleros from her new, as-yet-unreleased album. Noted light artist and TED Fellow Christine Marie’s interactive, 3D/stereoscopic light spectacles will create an interactive experience, and visual artist Deborah Aschheim’s stunning, luminous ghost city will be on view.  Special guests Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn of San Diego’s Animal Cracker Conspiracy round out the evening with their intricately beautiful shadow play Desire to Fly, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machines and the human quest for flight.

Audiences are invited to stroll and choose their own artistic adventure, discovering each work or performance at their own pace. The program highlights Tongva Park’s unusual geography of gardens, winding paths, and urban vistas, reimagining the small, exquisite spaces of the park designed by James Corner Field Operations, the creative geniuses behind the High Line in New York.