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The Beacon Arts Building Premieres with 'Ghost Stories: Happenings, Hauntings, and Curiosities'

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Last Thursday was the grand opening of Beacon Arts, a new art space in Inglewood. Dubbing itself an "arts laboratory", it will be featuring contemporary innovative and interactive exhibits. Renée Fox "develops and directs" the events and exhibits at the newly christened art space.

Beacon Arts premiered with "Ghost Stories: Happenings, Hauntings, & Curiosities." The exhibit will run through Sunday, November 7, 2010. The show is curated by art writer Shana Nys Dambrot, the first in the space's "Critics-as-Curators" series. As Dambrot explains, "The idea behind Ghost Stories has to do with using art to activate architectural and societal space through shared experience -- fortuitously combined with the permission to play and be transgressive that Halloween gives adults." -Shana Nys Dambrot, Curator

The most striking feature of the Beacon Arts Building is its sheer size. The parking lot is big enough to host a carnival, and the enormous loft-sized wall is put to use with Ivo Vergara's enormous 2-dimensional puppets that seem to come to life as they sway in the breeze.