Performative Pop-Ups Inside Laurie Shapiro’s “Take Me To The Color”

Courtney Hartman Inside Installation

Los Angeles dancer/actress Olivia Mia Orozco brings her Performative Pop-Ups project to “Take Me To The Color,” the seven-room installation by Laurie Shapiro as a virtual exhibit from October 17th thru December 1st, and as a limited in-person experience on October 17th — new date added: November 5th. Mia Orozco’s dancers (among whom are The Contaminator, Taylor Unwin, Courtney Hartman and Chris Andrews) will perform throughout the unique installation in costumes designed by Mimi Haddon and Toban Nichols. The exhibit will include a virtual gallery at the site as well as videos and interactive conversations.

Shapiro’s intensely beautiful rooms are made of mixed-media and painted textiles, with each room focused on one color, like the mesmerizing “Red Room.” She has also created a new series of paintings inspired by life in quarantine, and meant to share a sense of peace and healing. Shapiro frequently references a oneness with nature in her works, including the plant patterns in her room installations.

Tickets for the in-person experience in downtown L.A. are available with the purchase of one of Shapiro’s original prints ($55), meditation pillows ($75), or a package deal ($125). The address will be sent to guests the week of the event. From 4-9pm that day, guests can spend time inside the dream world that is “Take Me To The Color” for 40 minutes, watching performances and meeting the artists. They’ll also receive a complimentary gift bag. It should be no surprise to anyone that guests must wear masks, allow their temperatures to be taken and keep six feet apart from others.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from “Take Me To The Color” will go to the Ron Finley Project, which works to plant urban gardens and eliminate food deserts.

(More photos after the jump)

Images courtesy of Olivia Mia Orozco

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