The LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary, The Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic & Traditional, and the IFPDA Print Fair will kick off with a high-profile Opening Night Premiere Party on Wednesday, January 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Hosted by actor and The Art of Elysium supporter David Arquette, proceeds from the Opening Night Premiere Party will enable The Art of Elysium to expand its program to bring arts to critically ill hospitalized children and increase the number of school children who visit the Getty through the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Education Department program for Title One School visits.

With more than 5,000 patrons in 2011, the Opening Night Premiere Party and the Los Angeles Art Show has consistently drawn attendees who love art, including museum patrons, political dignitaries, collectors, celebrities, and supporters of arts education, including Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Finola Hughes, Russell Young, Shepard Fairey, Kat von D., Cheech Marin, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Chinese Consul General Qiu Shaofang, Executive Director of the DCA Olga Garay and Gayle and Ed Roski. With live performances, installations, and curated exhibitions, the 2012 Opening Night Premiere Party promises to be an exciting evening of art and culture.

The Opening Night Premiere Party will feature an exclusive re-creation of The Myths of Rape, by Elana Mann and Audrey Chan, working with Leslie Labowitz-Starus and Lacy, re-creates a 1977 performance by Labowitz-Starus, originally performed as part of Three Weeks in May. These compelling performance tableaux, typical of 1970s activist street demonstrations, reinforce how activism and interventions are as relevant today as in the past. This unique event is part of Three Weeks in January, a new work by Suzanne Lacy presented by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival.

A special installation that evening by artist and iconic musician from DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh, will feature an interactive sculpture of two Scions fused together. Visitors can go inside the sculpture and listen to music. The LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary will offer a ‘first look’ at the sculpture installation before they are showcased at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Opening Night Premiere Party ticket sales will be donated to The Art of Elysium. Through The Art of Elysium programs, volunteer artists have the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and families in both small and larger group settings for 90-120 minutes in various inpatient and outpatient medical environments. The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to help children cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization, promote opportunities for growth and development, encourage socialization, and provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines. The Art of Elysium’s programs for hospitalized youth include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts, and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs.

Proceeds generated from Opening Night Premiere Party ticket sales will also support visits for students from Los Angeles area schools to the J.Paul Getty Museum, through the Museum’s fully subsidized Title One bus transportation program. This program ensures that as many students as possible from throughout Los Angeles can visit the Getty and experience its collection and the site through guided and self-guided visits and architecture and garden tours. Each year, more than 100,000 students and their teachers visit the J. Paul Getty Museum at its two locations. These visits provide young people the opportunity to have direct experiences with original works of art.

LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary, The Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic and Traditional and the LA IFPDA Fine Print Fair will take place on January 19-22, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Halls A and B, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The 2012 Opening Night Premiere Party will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 7pm-10pm, with a VIP Patron reception beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $125 and $500. To purchase tickets and see related benefits, please visit www. laartshow2012.eventbrite.com.

For additional information about the LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary, please visit LA Art Show. For additional information about the Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic and Traditional, please visit Los Angeles Fine Art Show. To learn more about The Art of Elysium, please visit www.theartofelysium.org. General admission to the LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary, Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic & Traditional and the LA IFPDA Fine Print Fair is $20 and includes admission to all three shows.

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