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PROGRAMS

Brand Library & Art Center provides a wide-range of free visual and performing arts programming, including concerts, art exhibitions, art and music lectures, films,  and dance performances!

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Art Talk Tuesdays
Charles Gaines portrait and photograph

ART TALK TUESDAY

Art Talk Tuesday is a monthly conversation that invites contemporary artists to discuss their work and the issues surrounding it, followed by a moderated Q&A with Brand staff member, artist and writer Jennifer Remenchik. Sponsored by the Brand Associates

The next Art Talk Tuesday will be on April 2, 2024 with conceptual artist Charles Gaines.

Images: Charles Gaines. Numbers and Faces: Multi-Racial/Ethnic Combinations Series 1: Face #8, Joe Lewis

(Afro-Carribbean/Scotch-Irish/Native American), 2020, 

Acrylic paint, acrylic sheet and photograph. Unique. 96.5 x 81.3 x 8.9 cm / 38 x 32 x 3 1/2 inches; Portrait of Charles Gaines. Both images: © Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photos: Fredrik Nilsen. 

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ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS

How do we look at art? How do we write a poem about a painting or sculpture? What are we looking for to help us understand? ARTful Conversations, a new program by Brand Associates, brings the community together in a collaborative workshop to learn about art history and the ease of writing poetry inspired by the art. 

During these workshops, art historian Valerie Taylor and poet Tina Demirdjian educate and engage participants to explore, discover, and develop a personal connection to exhibits in Brand's Gallery. Learn art history relating to the current exhibit and then write a poem inspired by the artwork.

Upcoming Dates: Tuesday, April 23; Thursday, June 20; Tuesday, October 15; Wednesday, November 13

ARTful Conversations is run by the Brand Associates.

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GALLERY

The Brand Gallery hosts diverse contemporary art exhibitions every year. For each exhibition, we offer an array of programming that can include artist talks, panel discussions, curator-led tours, film screenings, poetry readings, and art workshops.

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MAKE IT!

This hands-on crafts program for all ages gives participants a chance to express themselves! Each program is limited to 25 participants. Programs are held in the Brand Library Courtyard. Sponsored by the Brand Associates

 

Make It! Program will resume in June. More info coming soon.

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IN THE BAG

Brand Library's Learning Kit Lending Program!

 Each kit has everything you need to learn a new hobby. Kits include crochet, knitting, guitar, ukulele, drawing, and a hiking kit so you can get out and let nature inspire your creativity!

 

Kits can be checked out by teen and adult library card holders for eight weeks with one renewal. Stop by or call Brand Library at 818.548.2051 for more information.  

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DANCE

The Dance Series presents top dance companies from Southern California performing site specific work in non-traditional performance spaces around Brand Library each Spring. The series is sponsored by the Brand Associates.

 

The 2024 season will include performances by DrumatiX, Re:borN Dance Interactive, Bodies in Play, and Rangoli Dance Company. 

Performances will be held in the Brand Library Plaza every Saturday from April 27 - May 18 at 5pm.

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MUSIC ANIMATED

With Music Animated, local musicians make music come alive in these interactive programs! Sponsored by the Brand Associates

The 2024 Spring lineup includes Music with Sara on February 3, Craig Newton on March 30, and Kids Drumming on June 22. All programs take place in the Brand Library Plaza from 10:30-11:30am. In case of inclement weather, program will be moved to the Recital Hall. 

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MUSIC SERIES

The acclaimed Music Series presents top musicians from Southern California playing chamber music in the Brand Recital Hall. All concerts will take place on Saturday afternoons at 2pm.

 

The Spring 2024 schedule will include 48 St. Stephen on February 24, Elixir Trio on April 13, and Hui Wu & Michael Yoshimi on June 8.

The Music Series is sponsored by the Brand Associates.

 

Past Programs:

2015       2016       2017       2018       2019 

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The Summer Music Series presents eclectic live music located at Brand Library & Art Center. Concert attendees often bring their own chairs and picnic amenities and sit on the grassy hill. 

Applications for this year have now closed. The lineup for the 2024 Season will be announced soon.

View the 2023 lineup.

Past Programs:

2014    2015    2016    2017    2018    2019    2021

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DOCENT TOURS

Art historian Dr. Valerie Taylor, Brand Associates Board member and former Highlights Tour docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will share the fascinating story of the Brand family and "Miradero," their historic home that is now Brand Library.

Valerie will also share information about the renovation and historic restoration that took place between 2012 and 2014.

This tour is free, but RSVPs are required (click on dates below). Tour is limited to 25 people.

 

Tours will be offered on the following Saturdays this Spring: April 27, May 18, and June 22 from 9:30-10:30am.

The docent tours are organized by the Brand Associates.

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REEL ART Film Series

REEL ART features critically acclaimed independent films that explore the arts, with special guests on hand to lead post-screening discussions. The film series is run by the Brand Associates.

The next REEL ART program will take place on on May, 16 at 5:30pm. Join the Brand Associates for a screening of Bella (2022).

Dance
Docent Tours
Summe Music
Gallery
Make it!
In the Bag
Animated
Music Series
ARTful Conversations
Reel Art
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