Since 2000, Smart Gals has developed original projects for a range of locations and concepts. No space is too grand, no idea too small. We've taken audiences and collaborators to a range of locations: working machine shop in El Segundo, an empty bank building in DTLA, a dusty church basement in Los Feliz, all 12 stops on the original Metro Gold Line.
Are You Interested?
Are You Interested? is a date, site and subject-specific series dedicated to immersive experience for both collaborators and viewers. Past Are You Interested? events include: Are You Interested? Loosely Based on Love (Cherry de Los Reyes Gallery), Are You Interested? Taxation (Fifth/Flower, now Downtown Standard), Are You Interested? Labor (Slide Systems Incorporated), Are You Interested? Independence (Dutton's Brentwood Books), Are You Interested? Mothers Day (Women's Club of Hollywood), Are You Interested? The Twelve Days of Christmas (12 locations, each available via Metro Gold Line), Are You Interested? Bloomsday (Barnsdall Park, Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church, Skylight Books), Are You Interested? Back to School (Cleveland High, Reseda).
The Reading Preserve
Treating reading books as an endangered act, the Reading Preserve is a flexible installation designed by artist Edith Abeyta. Sewn together by volunteers at Future Studios in Highland Park, the Reading Preserve has been installed at the West Hollywood Book Fair, Barnsdall Art Park.
Launched in 2002, The Speakeasy was a literally underground, semi-literary salon where guests could "mix, mingle, swoon, shine", engage in meaningful discussion with authors, architects, scientists, and take home a commemorative bookmark designed by a local artist. The Speakeasy was laid to rest in January, 2011, knowing she'd set a trend, and it was time to move on to other endeavors.
First Speakeasy: February 2002
Detail of Stained Glass Window
(c) Roger Burns for Smart Gals Productions
Are You Interested? Darkness & Light
Judson Studios, October 27th, 2001
Speakeasy, January, 2002