The Lucie Foundation Presents:
4th Installment of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA)
L.A.’s most comprehensive celebration of the still image takes place throughout April
The Lucie Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth edition of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), kicking off on Saturday, March 31st. This year’s theme is Intersect: An Exploration of Innovation and Technology in Contemporary Photography, and over the course of the month, MOPLA is presenting a series of dynamic photography programs related to the topic of new technology. MOPLA 2012 will engage and stimulate the Los Angeles photography community via its comprehensive slate of group and solo exhibitions, outdoor photo projections, portfolio reviews, photo workshops, artist lectures and more.
MOPLA provides an invigorating forum for photography in Los Angeles through partnerships with local galleries, museums, studios, curators, photographers and magazines. It’s programming aims to inspire and engage the professional, enthusiast, emerging artist, and collector—both young and seasoned.
Past editions of MOPLA have been a tremendous success, with over 25,000 people taking part over three years. Current partners include Los Angeles Times, Robert Berman Gallery, Frank Pictures, Photo District News, The Icon, Smashbox Studios, Santa Monica College, A And I Studios, APA, ASMP, Rose Gallery, Venice Arts Gallery and dozens more.
Select programming and MOPLA highlights include:
MOPLA opening night takes place on March 31 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and features a gallery hop with Robert Berman Gallery, Frank Pictures, ADC Contemporary, dnj Gallery and Rose Gallery exhibiting works by Marla Rutherford, M.A. Katcher, Mercedes Gertz, Nancy Louise Jones, Michael Krebs and Lisa Sarfati. Special projections by the Los Angeles Times and En Masse photo collective will also be on view.
MOPLA will present a variety of exhibitions including PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch, Play It As It Lays: Picturing California, curated by Audrey Landreth, and Central Ave: A Community Album with new works by Sam Comen.
Discussions and Artist Talks:
MOPLA will present a variety of discussions and artist talks. A few highlights include: Social Media Marketing for Photographers with Rob Haggart, Photo Assistant Basic Training with APA LA, PDN’s Strategies for Young Working Photographers, and Artist Lectures by Doug Rickard and Lauren Greenfield.
Pro’jekt LA: Outdoor Projections on March 31st, April 5th, April 17th, April 24th
Pro’jekt LA, one of MOPLA’s most popular programs, is a weekly, curated outdoor projection of photographs. Showcased at a variety of outdoor venues, Proj’ekt LA draws hundreds of photographers, art buyers, curators and art enthusiasts to network and view great photography. The first installment of Pro’jekt LA takes place during MOPLA’s opening night at Bergamot Station and additional Proj’ek LA Editions include: New Research, curated by Stephanie Gonot at the Standard West Hollywood, and Take Me There, curated by Jessie Cowan at the Venice Arts Gallery’s new facility. The second installment of Proj’ekt LA on April 5th will be hosted by Chop House and Kent Collective in an effort to showcase photography in commercial, post-production houses.
Fresh Look: Juried Portfolio Review (April 27th & 28th, 2012)
Fresh Look is the Lucie Foundation’s very own juried portfolio review that brings together photographic talent with influential industry insiders. Through one-on-one reviews, Fresh Look gives photographers an opportunity to gain invaluable insight about their work and to give those reviewers a new avenue through which to access passionate and dedicated photographers. Reviewers for 2012 include Jen Jenkins of Giant Artists, Kristen Fortier of WIRED, Mara Serdans of Deutsch, Lisa Volpe of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and many more.
For a full schedule of MOPLA programs, check out http://www.mopla.org.
2012 partners and sponsors include PDN, Los Angeles Times, Modern Postcard, The Standard, Found Folios, Agency Access, and Hasselblad.
MOPLA’s mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community and to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and photography related events in April.
About the Lucie Foundation:
The Lucie Foundation is a non-profit organization and presents a variety of year-round programs that reach millions of individuals through multiple platforms and events, with concentrated efforts in Los Angeles and New York.
Media Contact: Angie Smith