Love Letters to Gary Baseman

Skirball_Gary Baseman - The Door Is Always Open - Skirball Cultural CenteWhile it is quite difficult for all of us here at the Skirball to close the door, literally and figuratively, on the exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open, this Sunday will be the last day it will be on view in our gallery.

Over the past four months, it has been a joy to have one more whimsical place within the Skirball to welcome our visitors and encourage them to let their imaginations run wild. And it is no small perk that the artist is local. Gary Baseman’s regular presence in the gallery made for a unique experience and everyone from our two-year-old guests to the security staff has been won over by his playfulness and his talent. PicMonkey CollageVisitors did not waste any chance to interact with Gary, whether face to face, or via the multiple options made available throughout the exhibition. I thought I’d take this chance to share a few that came across my desk.

Upon admission, visitors were offered a postcard to fill out and drop in Gary’s mailbox at the “front door” to the exhibition. The Skirball collected them and, playing mailman, is delivering them to the artist himself. This is just a small sample (click on the images to get a closer look):hotchachacha postcardtoby postcard collagebuckingham warrior postcard collage
In Gary Baseman’s studio space at the Skirball, sketchbooks were left out for visitors to unlock their creativity, show their artistic talents, and share their love for Gary. Here are a few examples I found (click on the images to get a closer look):Sketchbook Collage

We also received many pictures of people posing in the exhibition on social media with the hashtag #basemanshome and posted them on a big bulletin board in the gallery (click on the image to get a closer look) and on Facebook:Skirball #basemanshome

And last but not least, we put a call out on our SkirBlog for visitors to offer suggestions for a new place in L.A. for Toby (Gary’s best friend and travel partner) to visit. Thanks to Annabelle, Audra, and Renay’s suggestions, Gary and Toby chose to visit The Watts Towers!
Skirball_Toby at Watts Towers

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About Lisa Delgin

Lisa Delgin is Marketing and Social Media Manager at the Skirball. She is mostly a native Californian, having moved to California from Long Island, NY, when she was just five years old. She is a big fan of documentary film, running on the beach, and other people’s gardens. She would like to grow her own food in a garden, but she is terrible with plants.

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