1. Curator Neely Shearer and installation design partner John Hartman made the walls sing with art
2. Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse were musical muses for artist Oliana Afano
3. N.W.A. alum Arabian Prince deejayed and paused for a photo with a fan
4. Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak was an early chronicler of the Beastie Boys. That’s her photo!
5. Photographer Robert Landau was a teenager when he started taking photos of iconic rock ’n’ roll billboards on the Sunset Strip
The Venice Art Crawl slinked its way over to Playa Vista on Thursday, April 20, to bring a night of dazzling urban culture to Playa Vista’s budding creative scene.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard mainstay Hal’s Bar & Grill now sits firmly perched at Runway, and adjacent to the restaurant is a 3,800-square-foot pop-up space that became a rock ’n’ roll art museum for the night.
Curator Neely Shearer of the Venice art and fashion boutique In Heroes We Trust and Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak arranged art installations and musical performances that paid homage to Venice’s rebelliously cultivated relationship with the many musicians who have lived or created there.
Painters, sculptors and graphic artists contributed dozens of musically themed works, from photographer Robert Landau’s vintage photographs of billboards on the Sunset Strip to painter Oliana Afano’s colorful portraits of pop stars like Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse.
— Shanee Edwards and Christina Campodonico