Breaking Convention Summer Soiree

Breaking Convention Summer Soiree at Barnsdall Art Park
July 15th 2016 Begins at 7:00pm

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is proud to announce its “Breaking Convention” summer soiree where guests can enjoy a truly unique and interactive evening of arts, food and entertainment. With generous support by Swarovski, Baxter of California and Bombet Hospitality Group, this progressive fundraiser, which turns the gala concept on its head, will take place throughout the Park from Hollyhock’s West Lawn to Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). Patrons are encouraged to don their chicest cocktail attire for an extraordinary night featuring DJs and live musical performances under the stars (from a children’s choir to an award-winning violinist).

The evening’s cuisine will be curated by executive chefs from Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane, four of Los Angeles’ top restaurants along with a curated cocktail menu by Cazadores and Bombay Sapphire under Bombet Hospitality Group.

As an exclusive preview, the event will kick-off LA-based artist Aaron Axelrod‘s three-day never-been-done takeover of the Park with his multi-media exhibition, “Dark Matter.” Creating a provocative visual experience over the course of the evening, Axelrod will be projection mapping the iconic Hollyhock House; marking the first time this historic landmark has been a part of a public art installation. Guests will also preview a spectacular Axelrod and Swarovski collaboration art piece housed at LAMAG, featuring almost 700,000 multi-color crystals.

General Admission $75 advance, $100 at the door.
includes admission, food and drink, live music.

VIP $500
includes admission, food and drink, live music, Barnsdall swag bags and a Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Premier Level Membership.

Early access VIP + Reception $1000 limited to the first 26 people to sign up.
includes admission, food and drink, live music, pre-event reception (limited to 26 attendees) at Hollyhock House’s inner courtyard from 6:00pm-7:00 p.m., light bites & libations, bespoke sponsor gift bags and a Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Conservator Level Membership..


This fundraiser will support the Park’s ongoing work to nurture and promote the creative fabric of Los Angeles with its year-round programming, exhibitions and events.

Dark Matter Exhibition
July 16th, 2016 5 – 9:00pm
July 17th, 2016 5 – 9:00pm

Free, open to the public at Barnsdall Art Park and within the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) and by the Hollyhock House at sundown.

Dark Matter, Axelrod’s first solo career retrospective survey show, will debut to the public Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, showcasing an extensive body of the artist’s work. Dealing in a vast array of mediums from painting to photography as well as installation and video art, the presentation will feature 40 pieces of art with 8 distinct themes including the inventive multi-media series “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV; “Freedom of the Press,” a series of large-scale pastel paintings of scrambled news channels; “String Theory,” a series of neon-light mixed-media paintings and several abstract resin sculptures in addition to the monumental Hollyhock House projection mapping and Swarovski collaboration.

Aaron Axelrod Photo
photo credit: David Zentz

Influenced heavily by children’s fairytales, psychedelia, and the occult; Axelrod is known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices; inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts, and the unknown. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, Axelrod’s work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. @TheAxelrod for all social media.

With generous support by:



Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Art Park