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Sunday May 7, 2017   2:00pm-4:00pm

What is the future of public art and architecture in Los Angeles?

Join ESMoA and a panel of artists, architects and arts professionals for a discussion about the future of public art and architecture in the creative capital of the world, Los Angeles! Esteemed panelists draw inspiration from their professional practice and select artwork in Experience 27: ELSEGUNDISSIMO as they envision how art will take shape in the city and county of Los Angeles for years to come.


Herwig Baumgartner, Architect and Co-founder of B+U Architecture

Ligeia Gorre, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Percent for Art Program and Airport Art Program Art Manager

Alan Nakagawa, Interdisciplinary Artist and Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence

Scott Uriu, Architect and Co-Founder of B+U Architecture

Lida Venieri, Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program Coordinator

Nathalie Sanchez, Education Specialist, ESMoA







(Left to right) Herwig Baumgartner, Ligeia Gorre, Alan Nakagawa, Scott Uriu, Lida Venieri


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Admission: Free


Herwig Baumgartner. Born in Austria, Herwig Baumgartner is a licensed architect and principal and co-founder of the Architecture firm B+U, based in Los Angeles. He received his diploma in Music and New Media from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 1991 and graduated with honors with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1996. Baumgartner is a professor currently teaching design for the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC) and has previously taught a graduate design studio at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also lectures and conducts workshops around the country and abroad at Oklahoma State University, the UDESIGN conference at the University of Monterrey, Mexico, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the LA Forum, Los Angeles, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, the Danube University Krems, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC), Woodbury University, the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and the Roy and Edna Disney California Arts Theater. Prior to founding B+U, Baumgartner worked as a senior associate and project architect at Gehry Partners for over a decade. He also collaborated with artist Richard Serra and worked on several large-scale sculpture projects in New Zealand, Naples, Toronto, and San Francisco. In 2000, he co-founded B+U, for which he is both Design Principal and Partner.

Ligeia Gorre is currently an Arts Manager with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Public Art Division. In this position, Ligeia manages the Arts Exhibition Program at LAX International Airport, a partnership between DCA and Los Angeles World Airports, as well as projects within DCA’s Public Percent for Art and Murals Programs. During her 12 years with DCA, Ligeia has successfully developed and overseen the execution of several innovative projects and programming initiatives. the execution of the City of LA’s first temporary public art project in 2008 in partnership with local arts non-profits and City Youth Art Centers, “Kaprow Happenings Reinvented”, funded by DCA and through grant dollars secured from the LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). In 2011, the debut season of the Performance Program with the Los Angeles World Airports was presented at the Van Nuys Flyaway featuring original works by choreographers Anna B. Scott and Sarah Elgart. Most recently, in 2017, she is currently working with her colleagues at DCA to propose new extended arts programming to coincide with construction at LAX International Airport. In her spare time, Ligeia has maintained an ongoing, volunteer-based relationship with The Morningstar Foundation, a local non-profit with the mission to preserve and protect sacred Indigenous knowledge and sites. Her passion for art and culture has led her to pursue creative yet amateur endeavors through jewelry, costume design, and urban gardening. The last several months have also brought a renewed interest in socio-political movements via online networks, feminist ideologies, and issues affecting racial minorities, as well as the exploration of intersections among art and publics. Ligeia received a Master of Public Art Studies (MPAS) degree at USC and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC Davis.

Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound, occasionally incorporating video, sculpture, drawing, paint and/or performance. Since 2014, he has been working on a semi-autobiographic sound-based environment titled TRIAD, utilizing multi-point audio field recordings of the interiors of the Hiroshima Atomic Dome (Hiroshima, Japan), Wendover Hangar (Utah), Watts Towers (Los Angeles) and the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) along with frequencies inspired by seven Southern California earthquakes. Nakagawa is currently the Creative Catalyst Artist in Resident at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Artist in Resident at the Echo Park Film Center. In 2016, he completed a mini artist residency at the Getty Villa, Malibu CA. In 2015, he completed a residency at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where he researched the history of the hearing aid. Nakagawa has a unique background as co-founder of Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2011), a pioneering arts collective in public engagement/ interethnic collaborative art projects as well as a two and a half decade career as the Senior Public Arts Officer for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was the curator of the six-year program, Ear Meal Webcast, documenting the Los Angeles experimental music and sound arts community. Nakagawa received training in oral history production at the University of California, Los Angeles. He incorporates this technique when working with communities and institutions, often drawing inspiration from collected stories.

Scott Uriu. Born in Davis, California, Scott Uriu is a licensed architect based in Los Angeles. Uriu worked as an architect at Gehry Partners for over 7 years. In 2000, he co-founded B+U, for which his is both Design Principal and Partner. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic Pomona in 1993 and studied at the Architectural Association in London, Diploma Unit 7 from 1992- 1993. Uriu also was an undergraduate mathematics major at the University of California, Davis in 1991. Uriu is a professor teaching design and applied studies at the University of Southern California and taught at the Southern California Institute of Arhcitecture (SCIARC) to the undergraduate and graduate level. He has also been lecturing at the Nanjing Southeast University School of Architecture in China, the Architectural Society of Shanghai in Shanghai, China, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the Roy and Edna Disney California Arts Theater and Woodbury University.

Lida Venieri is a Program Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, working primary in the field of budgeting and finance for the Civic Art Program. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Civic Art Program works with leading and emerging artists, County departments and communities to create artworks, design, public engagement activities, exhibitions, temporary art and event-based programming throughout Los Angeles. Ms. Venieri received degrees in Studio Art and Business Management from Loyola Marymount University. Following her studies, she worked as a Sales Associate with one of the leading Art Advisors in Los Angeles; Esthella Provas, who has played a number of key roles in the contemporary art world for the past twenty years, including her work with the The Jumex Foundation, one of the largest, most comprehensive, art collections and privately owned museums in the world. Prior to entering the public art field, Ms. Venieri held positions in prominent Los Angeles galleries, including M Herrington, Glike Gallery and Diane Rosenstein, supervising exhibitions, planning sales strategies for gallery artists and conducting secondary market artwork sales.