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Oct. 3: Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama

"Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama," Photo credit: Forest Casey

“Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama,” Photo credit: Forest Casey

Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama
Tuesday, October 3 at 7 PM

Sara Velas, founder of The Velaslavasay Panorama, will present an illustrated lecture on creating and sustaining a small institution in a big city and the projects and programming activities at the Velaslavasay.

Admission: $7 gen.; $5 City Reliquary members & students/faculty w/ID.
Includes one free drink
All proceeds benefit The Velaslavasay Panorama and The City Reliquary.

The Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre, and garden housed in the Union Theatre (1910), one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the city of Los Angeles. Drawing on the illustrious history of the great panorama paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, it is dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual multi-sensory, immersive experiences with a focus on early cinematic phenomena. The Velaslavasay Panorama presents an ongoing series of illustrated lectures, traditional & experimental music and theatrical presentations that defy categorization.

"Effulgence of the North" Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

“Effulgence of the North” Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

Since its founding in the year 2000, the Velaslavasay has housed the only 360-degree panorama viewing hall in the West. In September of 2017, the Velaslavasay Panorama retired its Effulgence of the North panorama (on view for 10 years) in preparation for their next panoramic installation and held “The Last Arctic Show” in celebration – the first and last ever variety show dedicated to the retirement of an arctic panorama.

About Sara Velas:
Sara Velas is an artist, graphic designer, gardener, curator and native Los Angeleno. Velas has traveled around the world to investigate the panoramic art form with a special focus on the contemporary creation of panoramas in Asia. In 2014 she was elected President of the International Panorama Council, which meets annually to discuss the panoramic medium both historically and in a contemporary context. Her work with the Velaslavasay Panorama has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the United States National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, among others. While her work is primarily focused on site at the Velaslavasay Panorama, related projects have been exhibited internationally at venues including the Songwon Art Center in Seoul, Korea and NGBK in Berlin, Germany.

Velas has participated in residency programs at locations around the world including the Cite des Arts in Paris, France and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia. An avid architectural preservationist, she co-wrote the nomination which gave the USA’s first instance of cultural historic protection to a trailer park – the Monterey Trailer Park of Highland Park. In 1999, Velas received her BFA with a major in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was born in Panorama City, California and resides in Los Angeles.