LAM Announces Centennial Bash


For Immediate Release: November 27, 2017



LAGUNA BEACH, CA (November 27, 2017) — On January 27, 2018, Laguna Art Museum will kick off a year-long series of centennial celebrations. The Centennial Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party. The event will feature site-specific installations by artists Megan Geckler, Elizabeth Turk, and FriendsWithYou; live music by Matt Costa and DJ Nina Tar; a craft beer tasting by Laguna Beach Beer Company; and delicious bites by Las Brisas.

The Centennial Bash will take place from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, January 27. Pre-sale tickets are $25 for students and members, or $35 for non-members. Tickets increase to $35 and $45 on the day of the event. Tickets and information can be found at


Featured Artists and Partners

  • Megan Geckler will transform the museum’s lobby into a wondrous and colorful optical illusion for a spectacular entrance to the Centennial Bash. Since the mid-1990s, Geckler has consistently refined her process of making large-scale, site-specific artistic interventions within architectural spaces. The point at which her artwork ends and the site begins is rendered nebulous, and investigates our inherent human desire to define and control the space around us. Geckler is defining a new territory that explores how we perceive space and materials and re-contextualizing our optical order with precision reigning supreme.
  • Elizabeth Turk, the subject of a 2014 exhibition at Laguna Art Museum and commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2018, will create a site-specific and immersive experience during the Centennial Bash. In Turk’s work, the shape of the line is created by extreme loss. That is, the reductive process of carving creates a positive, fragile form in which the absence of the original material is a focus. When viewed as components in a complex natural system, their singular beauty and inherent mystery is revealed and compels us to view works of art as expressions of the natural world and our evolving relation to it.
  • FriendsWithYou, the LA-based collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, will join the Centennial Bash with their sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™. Since 2002, FriendsWithYou has gained international recognition as pioneers in the field of experiential art. Known for immersive installations and interactive artworks, they invite viewers to reconnect with and reinterpret their lives through communal experiences.
  • Matt Costa will headline the Centennial Bash and bring his singular acoustic guitar-driven lyricism into the galleries. The Huntington Beach local’s body of work can be characterized by its constant evolution and frequent shifts in style and impetus. First discovered by No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, Costa released his eponymously-titled first EP in 2003. Diverging from his pop-oriented beginnings, Costa’s more penetrative recent work looks to explore new directions and delve into the myths and secrets of his native California.
  • DJ Nina Tarr will spin a unique blend to take the Centennial Bash to midnight. One of the most talented and in-demand DJs in Southern California, Nina Tarr boasts an all-vinyl repertoire with diverse records encompassing everything from electro to post-punk to soul. When she isn’t spinning records around Los Angeles, she can be found promoting exciting new work, curating live events, and opening for musicians like Ariel Pink and the Black Lips.
  • Laguna Beach Beer Company will serve a flight of ales and lager from their collection of high-quality and creative beers. The co-founders and lifelong Laguna Beach residents, Brent Reynard and Mike Lombardo, established the brewery in 2014 with a mission to brew a broad range of high-quality beers, to promote local artists, and create lasting memories for their visitors with a way to preserve the unique Laguna experience.


Centennial Celebrations
On July 27, 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened an exhibition in the small board-and-batten pavilion by the Laguna Beach Hotel that would become the gallery of the newly-formed Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). This began the story of Laguna Beach the art colony, and of Laguna Art Museum.

Starting in January 2018, the museum will celebrate and mark this milestone by hosting a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations that will highlight the legacy of the founding artists, and the creativity it continues to inspire.

  • January 27: Centennial Bash
  • February 10: California Cool Art Auction
  • February 25: Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective
  • April 19: Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100
  • June 24: Opening of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935
  • August 25: LBAA Birthday Party
  • September 29: Centennial Ball
  • November 1-4: Art & Nature


About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |