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!
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 program featuring Ian James will take place on October 3, 2023 at 7pm. Other Fall 2023 artists include Hayley Barker and Ray Anthony Barrett.
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: Wednesday, October 4, 2023; Wednesday, November 8, 2023; Thursday, December 14, 2023; Thursday, January 25, 2024
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.
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.
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 2023 season has concluded included performances by Megill & Company, Psychopomp Dance Theater, Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), and Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Applications for the 2024 Season are now open.
The next Music Animated program will take place on September 16 and feature Kazan Taiko.
Past programs have included: Honolulu Avenue Strummers, Kazan Taiko, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sounds of Ancient Mexico.
The acclaimed Music Series presents top musicians from Southern California playing chamber music in the Brand Recital Hall. All concerts will take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm.
The Fall 2023 schedule will include ACE Trio on October 5, Ensemble Flame on October 19 and the new duo of Daniel Miles & Cameron Akioka on November 9.
Brand Associates members Joemy Wilson and Jackie Davis share the fascinating story of the Brand family and their historic home that is now Brand Library & Art Center. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required.
Docent tours are currently not available.
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 October 12, 2023 at 6pm featuring Salt of the Earth. This visually stunning look at the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado discusses his forty years of documenting societies in hidden corners of the world. A lively post-film discussion will include contemporary photographers Ara Oshagan and Ken Marchionno.