Original protest posters from the 1960s and 1970, described as striking and confrontational, will be displayed Saturday at Arena 1 Gallery, one of dozens of private studios opening its doors for the city's annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk.
"Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1965–1975" was curated by The Center for the Study of Political Graphics, which claims the largest repository of Post-World War II historical posters in the nation. The exhibit originally opened Feb. 23, and it spotlights the role poster art played in California during those turbulant decades.
The Santa Monica Airport, one of Los Angeles' oldest operating airfields, is home to a number of creative venues housed in converted airplane hangars. In its seventh year, the ArtWalk features the artist studios, along with art demonstrations and workshops, live jazz and food trucks, including Dogtown Dogs and Sweet E's.
More than 60 artists and performers are participating in Saturday's event. Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program and Ceramic Arts, Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica Airport Artist Studios and Museum of Flying will also open be open to the public for free.
Interpretive exhibits on the history of flight and the development of the aviation and aerospace industry in Southern California will be on display at the museum. Its mural artist, Mike Machet, will be on hand discussing his latest work, "Fly Douglas." The airport was the former home of the Douglas Aircraft Company and the birthplace of the DC-3.
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Russell Akerman of the city’s office of sustainability and the environment, will lead a workshop on sustainable landscapes at the airport’s demonstration garden. Akerman will give tips on installing permeable paving and drip irrigation systems.
The ArtWalk is from noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking, for cars and bikes, are free. Parking will be at Santa Monica College's Bundy campus, at Bundy and Centinela.