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18th Street Arts Center is Reopening on June 30, 2020

Following the guidance of the LA County Department of Health and their reopening guidelines for museums and galleries, 18th Street Arts Center plans to reopen their exhibitions and galleries to visitors as of June 30, 2020. Hours of operation will be 11AM – 5PM from Monday through Friday, and by appointment.

The exhibitions Las Hijas de Los Dias and DRAWING CONNECTIONS have been extended through August 7th at the 18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus on 3026 Airport Ave. at the Santa Monica Airport. 

With the County’s new occupancy limits and social distancing requirements in place, all visitors will be asked to register upon arrival at the galleries and wear cloth masks at all times. For vulnerable or high-risk visitors, we are happy to arrange special visits by appointment. Please email to inquire. 

As of now, no live events are planned, but we are continuing a robust schedule of virtual exhibition tours, live zoom conversations, and arts workshops. Please visit our website at for the latest information and upcoming events. 


Las Hijas de los Días. 7 Female Views from the Margins
Exhibition | EXTENDED through August 7, 2020

18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery | 3026 Airport Avenue

Science affirms that we are made out of atoms, but Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano states that we’re also made out of stories. In his book, Los hijos de los días (Children of the Days), he writes one story that reflects the feelings and vicissitudes for every day of a year. Inspired by this exercise, we wanted to reflect upon relevant ideas that inhabit our daily lives in only a week’s span of time across the globe. To represent each day of the week, we selected the gazes of seven women from 18th Street Arts Center, PhotoEspaña, and Arttextum that reflect the spirit of our times, starting with photography as a medium of departure and expanding the field to include drawing, installation, and performance. Climate unrest, the physical displacement of the idea of home, and the removal of socio-historical ties that oppress women interweave the stories told by Cristina de Middel, Eunice Adorno, Lola del Fresno, Luciana Abait, Doni Silver Simons, Sabine Pearlman, and Pamela Simon-Jensen. These works narrate sublime and challenging stories of our everyday that call out to be heard and comprehended in order to collectively transform realities. The women highlighted in this show are only a fraction of the multiple voices around the world who are tracking alternate ways of belonging to time. This show was organized by Begoña Torres and 18th Street Arts Center’s Assistant Curator Frida Cano.

Special thanks to Arttextum, Tejido de agentes culturales inspirados en Latinoamérica, Promoción del Arte, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Madrid, Spain. It is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Department, the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture, and 18th Street’s generous community of donors.

Exhibition | EXTENDED through August 7, 2020

North and South Galleries | 3026 Airport Avenue

DRAWING CONNECTIONS aims to trace the invisible networks between a selection of current artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, both from our 18th Street & Olympic campus and our Airport hangar. The show highlights how artists from different backgrounds and whose practices range from traditional to experimental art can dialogue through one of the earliest and most fundamental tools for human expression, drawing. This process of mark-making reveals the initial creative impulse that may later take the form of a video, a performance, a piece of music, an art installation, a painting, or a drawing itself. This curatorial exercise intends to delve into the essence of the multivalent creative practices of the artistic community of 18th Street Arts Center.

Featuring Deborah Lynn Irmas, Dan S. Wang, Luciana Abait, Debra Disman, Judith Gandel-Golden, Gwen Samuels, Luigia Gio Martelloni, Dancing Bass Clef (Julia Michelle Dawson), Lola del Fresno, Loren H. Harris-Heller, Joan Wulf, Doni Silver Simons, Pamela Simon-Jensen, Crystal Michaelson, Daniela Schweitzer, M Susan Broussard, Yvette Gellis, Encounter, Rebecca Youssef, Alexandra Dillon, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Nellie King Solomon, and Rebecca Setareh.

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