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ARTmageddon: Discovering your neighborhood art scene in Los Angeles

Barbara Kruger's Untitled (It’s a small world but not if you have to clean it), (1990), on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA until May 3, 2010.
Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The promoters of "Artmageddon" encourage Angelenos to get out of their cars this weekend and take a closer look at art close to home during the 405 Freeway's shutdown. This detail is from Barbara Kruger's Untitled (It’s a small world but not if you have to clean it) from 1990.

More than 200 L.A.-based artists and organizations want Angelenos to take advantage of Carmageddon 2 this weekend.

ARTmageddon is a two-day, city-wide art party, designed to get you to walk, bike, or take public transportation to creative events in your neighborhood.

Diana Wyenn, the marketing and media relations manager at REDCAT, says the event has been in the making for about two months.

She says the idea is to discover art you may have been missing close to home.

"There's tons of art going on all over Los Angeles," she says, "and I think this is the perfect opportunity to leave the car keys at home, and just walk outside and see what's nearby and support local art."

Wyenn also says it's fun to step outside your comfort zone.

"We have our favorite locations around town to go see art, and those people that we trust for their curatorial visions, or the types of performers or artists or digital artists that they present. But, I think now is the opportunity to take a risk, and check out what's on in your neighborhood."