Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Abbott Kinney and the Story of Venice, mural created by Edward Biberman in 1941
The mural shown above is part of an exhibt at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which runs May 18, 2014-November 16, 2014 in the Art of the Americas Building, Level 3. The mural was designed by the artist, Edward Biberman, for display in the Venice Post Office originally. The mural has been restored and tells the story of Abbott Kinney's vision for Venice as a destination for fun, entertainment, and a utopian resort.
The Santa Monica Public Library loaned four postcards to the exhibit. Visit the exhibition to see not only the mural and postcards from SMPL, but artifacts from the Los Angeles Public Library, University of Southern California, the Huntington Library and the National Archives about Venice of America.

The Colonade, Winward Avenue, Venice, Calif (1904)

Venice canal and residence, Calif. [19- -]

"Venice Canal" Venice, California [1912]

Electric train between Venice, Ocean Park, and Santa Monica, Calif. [19- -]

These and other images of Venice, Santa Monica, and Pacific Palisades are veiwable through the Santa Monica Image Archive at Imagine Santa Monica