TED Prize winner JR Kick-off Event At Phantom Galleries LA in Long Beach

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2011 TED Prize Winner JR

Photo by Liza Simone

After TED Prize winner JR announces his wish live from the TED stage on March 2, 2011, he will kick-off his work the next morning at Phantom Galleries LA in Long Beach.

JR  will speak to TED attendees the morning of  March 3, 2011. The exhibition and work space will open to  the public at noon. Additional details would be provided however, JR’s wish is a secret until revealed to the world on Wednesday….

The JR TED Prize Wish Kick-off event is March 3, 2011, at Phantom Galleries LA 170 Promenade N. (at Broadway). Long Beach, CA 90802.

About JR@TED Exhibit:
The exhibit is an extension of the TED Conference. The space is open for TED attendees at select hours from Tuesday through Friday. It is open to the general public from Thursday to Friday.

The gallery includes original works from JR and another installation that will be unveiled on Thursday as part of his TED Prize.

Viewing hours:

Public hours.

  • Thursday – noon-7p
  • Friday – 10a – 7p

About JR:
JR exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Action; it talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

After these local exhibitions, the images are transported to London, New York, Berlin or Amsterdam where people interpret them in the light of their own personal experience.

As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter.

About the TED Prize-
The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, s/he unveils his/her wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

We work closely with the TED community, off- and online, to obtain pledges of support for the TED Prize winners. These pledges can take the form of business services, hardware and software, publicity, infrastructure, advice, connections, feet on the ground and more. This is in addition to the funding and support from the Sapling Foundation and TED staff.

About TED
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The TED Conference, held annually in the spring, is the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend, the event sells out a year in advance, and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole. www.ted.com.

About Phantom Galleries LA
Phantom Galleries Los Angeles (PGLA) revitalizes and energizes communities and pedestrian thoroughfares by transforming unoccupied properties throughout Los Angeles County into vibrant cultural hubs through the 24/7 public presentation of art. By producing a wide range of programs that hold appeal for art enthusiasts and neophytes alike, PGLA fosters a unique collaboration between local artists, the artistic community, and the public that proffers a living dialogue and education on contemporary art practices. Dedicated to offering hands-on and on-going support of the arts, PGLA provides a nurturing, supportive environment for the creative process. PGLA serves as a platform for artistic experimentation, growth, and career development by furnishing artists, curators, and galleries exhibition venues outside the traditional museum or gallery setting. Culling and expanding on existing resources within its partnering localities, PGLA also serves as a catalyst for the creation of a sustainable cultural infrastructure that, while responsive to the immediate needs of the community it serves, emulates and celebrates the multifaceted vibrancy of the Los Angeles art scene.

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