(Culver City, CA)—As Royal/T approaches its end-of-August closing date, the playful Japanese pop art-inspired space and “cosplay” maid café in Culver City will host a “Greatest Hits Party” on Saturday, June 30 to thank supporters and revisit past curators, artists, and performers.
The festive evening will include a walkthrough and talk with curators and artists including Whitney Biennial Co-Curator Jay Sanders, Andy Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, and artist Kenny Scharf. The night continues with desserts, beats from artist Dave Muller, and a performance by Prince Poppycock, concluding with a midnight toast to support the beginning of Royal/T’s future pop-up shop ventures.
Since opening in October 2007, Royal/T has contributed a variety of colorful events to the Los Angeles cultural scene, including reflective lectures, workshops, pop up events, and collaborations. On June 14, the space will host a new pop up shop by Onch Movement Jewelry called BANG!, a mixture of pop culture with fun fashion. The shop will feature a collaboration with Japanese artist and cult icon Shojono Tomo, who will also attend the opening party on June 14 direct from Japan.
Other collaborations for BANG! include Anarchy Hair, Twinkie Chan, and Touch Zero Gravity. Guests can still enjoy Royal/T’s most recent exhibition, “The Art of Cooking,” a food and art-themed exhibit curated by Hanne Mugaas. Visitors enjoyed delicious works ranging from Amy Yao’s banana-ornamented clothing to Viktor Kopp’s painted chocolate bars. Other whimsical highlights from Royal/T’s history include a celebration of Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary, a serving of veal tongue tartare prepared by Travel Channel/Bizarre Food’s Andrew Zimmern, and an exploration of the face as curated by The Hole Gallery’s director, Kathy Grayson.
As Royal/T closes its doors in Culver City, it will continue to support the diverse art, food, fashion, and design communities by planning a new series of pop up shops. These local, regional, and national events will make the Royal/T experience more widely accessible to all audiences.
The “Greatest Hits Party” will take place on Saturday, June 30. Walkthrough and Talk will be 8 – 9 PM. Party, Dessert, Performances, and Midnight Toast will be 9 – 12 AM. Guests should RSVP to RSVP@royal-t.org.
Photographs courtesy of Royal/T
Below are the 12 exhibitions that have been featured at Royal/T to date:
• “Just Love Me” curated by Yuki Kamiya from the Hiroshima Contemporary
Museum in Japan
• “All of this is Melting Away” curated by Jay Sanders
• “Three Apples Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary Celebration” curated by Jamie
Rivadeneira, Japan LA
• “I Can’t Feel My Face” curated by KAWS
• “In Bed Together” curated by Jane Glassman from ARTeamLA
• “The Never Ending Story, Fairytale, Fantasy, Obsession” curated by Laura
• “The Warholian” curated by Eric Shiner from The Andy Warhol Museum
• “Facemaker” curated by Kathy Grayson, Director of The Hole Gallery (NYC)
• “Party Animals” curated by Lindsay Scoggins
• “East Village West” curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf