LA’s One and Only Panorama is Back – Catch it While you Can!

Velaslavasay Panorama Exterior

If you’ve never heard of, or experienced, panoramic paintings you’re not alone. While this unique art form was popular in the nineteenth century, few survive today. Fortunately for Angelenos, The Velaslavasay Panorama (VP), a local non-profit located in the West Adams Historic District, is dedicated to preserving this precursor of the motion picture, which immerses the viewer in a 360-degree painted environment. The organization also programs an eclectic mix of performances, lectures and film screenings and maintains a beautiful garden at the rear of its property.

For the past ten years The VP has presented Effulgence of the North – described as “a panoramic exploration of the limitless horizon which lies beyond a frigid terrain, illuminated by the ethereal Aurora Borealis.” As I wrote in a 2012 post, “I spent about 20 minutes immersed in this wonderful, calming installation that masterfully melds sculpture, painting, light and music to great effect. It’s located in a darkened upstairs space that is reached by climbing a twisting staircase.”

Effulgence of the North

Effulgence of the North

Effulgence of the North

While The Velaslavasay Panorama ended its open hours last month so that staff can install Shengjing Panorama, the organization is giving the public one final chance to see Effulgence of the North before it’s retired. This is truly a unique experience that I highly recommend. As an added bonus, VP is using this brief encore to support the Dia de los Muertos Street Festival and Common Field Convening 2017. You can learn more about both of these events here


When: Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 12:00pm to Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 6:00pm

Where: The Velaslavasay Panorama, located at 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.