LBMA After Dark Returns October 23 to Celebrate Final Weekend of the Museum’s Exhibition Vitality and Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape

October 6, 2015, Press Room

LBMA After Dark - Music, entertainment and dance party at Long Beach Museum of Art

Final After Dark Event of 2015 to Feature Debut of Special Short Film of Exhibition; Plus Dancing Under the Stars With Live Music, DJ, and More

Long Beach, CA – LBMA After Dark is returning Friday, October 23 from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the closing weekend of one of the most popular exhibitions in the Museum’s history: Vitality and Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape. Nearly 12,000 visitors have seen Vitality and Verve since it opened on June 27 making it one of the most well attended exhibitions since the Museum’s inception in 1950. To mark its closing this particular LBMA After Dark will offer attendees some special activities:

  • The debut screening of a short film on the creation of the Vitality and Verve exhibition.
  • New mural now included in the exhibition from the French artist Fafi for attendees to view.
  • See Vitality and Verve Artist Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins “whitewash” his own mural for attendees can witness firsthand the beginning of the removal process as all murals in the exhibition were intended to be ephemeral.
  • Meet LBMA’s Artist in Residence Shay Bredimus and view his art installation inside the Ralston Family Learning Center. The artist will be on hand to answer questions about his work. Bredimus is a figurative painter and tattoo artist. His work was featured in two solo exhibitions at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, California and he has earned critical praise from Artweek and Inked Magazine.

The event will also feature its signature great music, food and dancing under the stars. Online tickets are on sale now so please visit the Museum’s website LBMA After Dark page to purchase tickets: lbma.org/afterdark. Tickets are $20 per person but visitors can attend free by becoming a Museum Member today. Visit the Museum’s membership page here for details: lbma.org/membership. In addition, any new membership purchased by Wednesday, October 21 will receive a free swag bag that includes a limited edition poster and bookmark from Vitality and Verve. Supplies are limited.

“This LBMA After Dark will mark the end of a special year for the Museum,” said Ron Nelson, executive director of the Long Beach Museum of Art. “The success of Vitality and Verve has been beyond what the museum imagined it would be with increased attendance, global media coverage and a record number of new members joining in 2015. We thank everyone who has made this exhibition such a fantastic experience for us as well as the community we serve.”

Attendees to the event are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to and from the Museum. All guests who use their bicycles as transportation will receive a free drink coupon to be used at the event. For more information, including purchasing a membership, please visit the museum’s LBMA After Dark page at lbma.org/membership.

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