Welcome Blanket is a platform for engagement that transforms the abstract concept of immigration into a tangible crowd-sourced artistic action. Handcraft makers are invited to make Welcome Blankets that include notecards with stories important to their families about immigration/migration/relocation to create symbolic and practical gifts of welcome for new refugees coming to the United States. These gifts are collected, catalogued, and displayed at art institutions and exhibitions. After each show’s close, Welcome Blanket’s 30+ partner refugee resettlement groups present these tangible gifts of welcome to our newest neighbors.
We’ve been through unprecedented times, marked by a retreat from public spaces and by a reevaluation of intimate spaces. On Sunday, September 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, The L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design welcomes you back and we’ve blown up big balloons! Thought balloons with your messages and observations about how you occupied space over the last 2 ½ years are on display. Welcome to the conversation.
Join us on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a conversation about the new authoritative history of the Avant-Garde architecture of our times with Joseph Giovannini and architectural journalist Frances Anderton.
On Saturday, October 8th from 11 am to 6 pm, Helms Bakery is excited to partner with the Culver City Arts District for their annual Art Walk and Roll Festival, a self-guided tour and celebration of art, culture, mobility, and our creative community.
Join us on Saturday, November 12th as we partner with Crewest Studio to present smARTtalks: A New Monthly Educational Series for Artists + Creatives with Expert Panelists! smARTalks occur once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm inside the Helms Design Center. smARTtalks are FREE intimate learning sessions with a panel of experts covering timely and important topics vital to artists and creatives working in the 21st Century.
On Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, please join us for a lively conversation with Michael Boyd and Michael Webb on the launch of Boyd's new book MILLENNIUM MODERN Living in Design (Lund Humphries, 2022) moderated by architecture journalist, Frances Anderton and in partnership with the Wende Museum.
On Saturday, December 10th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM, please join Arcana: Books on the Arts for a book signing afternoon with Doug Aitken for the launch of his latest book, Works 1992-2022. If you cannot attend and would like to order a signed copy to have shipped or to pick up at the shop, please contact the store for details.
Nothing pleases us more than sending you good cheer during the holidays! We want to extend our warmest thanks to you for choosing Helms Bakery as your go-to design hub and favorite spot to dine, and for joining us for art and architecture exhibitions. Thank you, thank you, for your continued support. For all the #lovelocal you have shown us, Helms Bakery District sends love right back to you with 12 days of gifting on Instagram during the month of December.
On Saturday, January 14th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM, please join Arcana: Books on the Arts for a book signing for Lawrence Weschler's brand new Hat & Beard publication, A Trove of Zohars. For the event Mr. Weschler will be joined by photographer and early-photographic process historian Stephen Berkman for a discussion about the book and the shrouded-in-mystery Zohar Studios.