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Obscura Society LA: Urban Legends with Cartwheel Art Tours

The Goatman, sewer gators, and purple squirrels! Join us for an afternoon of myth and mystery at LosJoCos Gallery as we explore the exhibition "Hearsay" and discuss LA lore with Field Agent Hadley Meares.

LosJoCos Gallery's "Hearsay" exhibition features 35 artists' interpretations of urban legends. 

Join Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art Tours as we gather to explore the roots of urban legends and our connections to them. Our afternoon will begin with a guided tour of the exhibition with curator, Wendy Sherman. We'll also be joined by several of the exhibiting artists including A.S. Ashley, James Scott, and Gregg Gibbs.

Afterwards, writer, historian, and Field Agent Hadley Meares will share urban legends of Los Angeles and suggest sites of local lore you might be interested in exploring on your own.

Curators' Statement by Lauren Haisch and Wendy Sherman

Urban legends serve as modern day mythology. Often evolved from cultural traditions and morality tales, these stories engage our collective fears and provoke strong emotional responses. Such legends survive through storytelling that is often communicated using a mix of words and imagery. The narrative can intensify the impact of the legend. The more fantastic the tale, the more likely it will be passed down through generations. More recently, the Internet has encouraged the rapid dissemination of these modern legends, many of which can be traced back to the original folklore that inspired them.

The works of the thirty-seven artists included in this exhibition are based on specific urban legends. Each work is accompanied by text explaining the artist’s personal connection to a chosen urban legend. The purpose of this exhibition is not to illustrate urban legends, but to better understand them by considering them in the context of each artist’s interpretation.

Notes for this adventure:

Ages 12 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.

Photography is encouraged! Tag #atlasobscura #cartwheelarttours 

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