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Life by Design

I'm all about art that comes down from its pedestal, which is why the idea behind Skirball's "1000 Journals Project" was so attractive. I got to interview co-curator Jason Porter about it for Angeleno. I also got to take photos!

“This is an experiment and you are part of it.” These were the words San Francisco-based designer Brian Singer used to call the world to action. Leaving journals designed by artist friends at coffee shops, bookstores and bus stops, Singer began what was to be known as the 1000 Journals Project, which inspired a global conversation and a feature-length documentary.

Ten years later, the Skirball Cultural Center has introduced L.A.’s voice to this ongoing, collaborative art project by commissioning local artists to create new journal covers and asking its partner organizations and visitors to contribute their thoughts and artistry to the journals' pages. We spoke with the show's co-curator, Jason Porter, to learn more about this exhibition.

What was the spirit behind the whole “1000 Journals Project”?
The whole experiment was about reawakening people’s creativity... How something as simple as a journal can be a forum for people to share their ideas, express themselves and create art at a time when people seemed much less inclined to do that. [read more]

October 5- February 13, 2011. Tues.-Fri., 12-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm. Tickets $5-$10. At the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 310.440.4500 or


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