Ovation TV premieres Art & the City, a cultural tourism series hosted by Los Angeles Times staffer David Keeps, best described as
a delirious cross between your favorite college professor and a wired Sister Wendy.
The series, produced by Jane Fitzgerald at World of Wonder, leads cultural tourists on discoveries of arts, architecture and design in the galleries, hotels, museums and artistic hot-spots of destinations throughout the US and Europe.
Chicago â€“ Original, premiere
Sunday, October 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT; encore: Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 PM ET/PT)
Keeps goes Chicago-style, staying at Hotel Burnham, situated in an original Chicago skyscraper. He visits Anish Kapoor’s sculpture in Millennium Park and eats in Greektown before visiting the studio of photographer Melanie Schiff. He takes in the masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago, visits his favorite painting and loops through the gallery district to visit Monique Meloche’s gallery.
Paris — Original, premiere
(Sunday, October 7, 8:30 PM, ET/PT; encore: Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 PM ET/PT)
In Paris, Keeps stays at Hotel Bel Ami in St. Germain and samples the hip gallery district La Marais, but also takes in some of Paris’ incredible art history at the beloved Musee D’Orsay. He stops by Sennelier, paint purveyor to four generations, and samples the confections of Laduree and the absinthe of Le Vert. He engages street painters and gallery supported artists and receives a painting lesson from artist Fabian Verschaere.
New York â€“ Original
(Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 PM ET/PT)
Keeps visits New York and heads out from the surreal-themed Dream Hotel straight to Chelsea, the center of the art market, to scour the hundreds of galleries located there. He chats with gallerist Anna Kustera and meets conceptual artist Just Another Rich Kid (a.k.a. Ken Courtney) before he heads to the studio of up-and-coming painter Francesca DiMattio. He samples decadent chocolates from Jacques Torres before visiting MoMA where he is given an insider tour of his favorite part of the museum–the architecture and design gallery.
New Orleans â€“ Original
(Wednesday, October 24, 8:00 PM ET/PT)
In this revitalizing creative hub, Keeps investigates how in the post-Katrina world art has become much more than just a tourist draw. He visits with artist Terrence Sanders and tours the Warehouse Arts District before visiting the largest collection of Southern art at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And of course, he ends his night with some music, listening to jazz and blues of “Little” Freddie King.
(Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 PM ET/PT)
Keeps connects with his inner student in London, staying south of the Thames at The Church Street hotel close to the art schools. He marvels at the astounding Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He takes in the historical V & A Museum’s tearoom designed by William Morris and continues to find the trendiest art spots after a conversation with artist Jamie Shovlin.
Los Angeles â€“ Original
(Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 PM ET/PT)
In Los Angeles, Keeps checks into the Kelly Wearstler’s boutique hotel Maison 140 in Beverly Hills before gassing up at the eco-friendly Helios House gas station. He takes in the contemporary and historical art on view at the breathtaking Getty Center and investigates the architecture of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. He explores the happening gallery scene in Culver City, stopping for a chat with artist Sarah Cromarty, and finishes the day with a visit to several exhibits in the crowded Chinatown gallery scene.