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The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House

Hey!  It’s finally here: The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House.  This Friday marks the start of a two week run of events hosted by the Machine folks at the historic Gamble House in Pasadena, in conjunction with the AxS Curiosity Festival.  If these three things are a mystery to you: Machine, Gamble House, AxS Festival; then please read on.  If they are not, you should ignore my banter and go directly to get yourself signed up for some art interaction here:

This is the perfect way for us Art Nerds to get a peek inside the craftsman spectacular that is The Gamble House.  Designed in 1908 by Charles and Henry Green for David and Mary Gamble (those of the Procter & Gamble Company), The Gamble House is a National Historic Landmark.  Seeing it amidst The Machine Project’s experimental tours and dances, group naps, operatic bird beaks, seances, videos, architectural lawn furniture–and a secret Swiss-Japanese fusion restaurant– will give guests an insiders look at the site with the joyful twist that only Machine can dream up.

In addition to workshops and live events, Machine will curate an installation of contemporary paintings and sculptures by California artists.  Works on display will include: Jeff Elrod, Cayetano Ferrer, Asher Hartman, Katie Herzog, Emily Joyce, Candice Lin, Sandeep Mukherjee, Rebecca Morris, Michael O’Malley, Laura Owens, Lauralee Pope, Jennifer Rochlin, Anna Sew Hoy, Ricky Swallow and Henry Taylor.

Of particular interest is Sasha Archibald’s Bed Conversations on Saturday, September 27th from 6-8pm in The Gamble House downstairs guest room. So interesting, in fact, that I have volunteered to help out at the event!  Eight guests in rotating shifts will animate a Gamble House bedroom with bedtime chatter, while lying in bed. Featuring Mark Allen, Agnes Bolt, Ingrid Calame, Leland de la Durantaye, Josh Kun, Mark Lipson, Brian McMullen, and Tif Sigfrids; the performance is inspired by Bunkbed Conversations, a form of public theater starring pajama-clad intellectuals created by Cabinet magazine.

This whole fantastic and fun Gamble House extravaganza is part of AxS, a two week festival produced by the Pasadena Arts Council that explores the collision of art & science.  Stay tuned right here for more Art Nerd LA musings on AxS Festival events.

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House runs Friday, September 19th – Sunday, October 5th

Performances, activities and self-guided tours are free to the public

Some workshops and events require advance booking/ticket visit for details

Saturday, September 27th, 12pm – 10pm (last entry 9pm)
Thursday, October 2nd, 8pm – 10pm (last entry 9:30pm)

During the festival, the Gamble House is open to the public for one hour guided tours on a schedule that you can access here:

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena CA 91103

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House; photo courtesy of The Machine Project

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House; photo courtesy of The Machine Project

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