A.I.X. Scent Fair – The Institute for Art and Olfaction



A.I.X. Scent Fair is the first international Artisan, Independent, Experimental scent fair to be presented by a contemporary art museum. A.I.X. Scent Fair, happening May 6–8, 2016 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles will be free and open to the public. Co-organizers include The Hammer Museum, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent/Scent Bar.

In addition to a selection of international, cutting-edge fragrance makers exhibiting and selling their work, the free fair will include hands-on workshops, a keynote and panel, and the Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards. AIX Scent Fair aims to introduce new audiences to the world of highly conceptual scents.

A.I.X. Scent Fair will take place in the Hammer’s outdoor courtyard and terrace spaces.

The fragrance fête of the season, the Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards takes place Saturday, May 7, with special guest emcee Zackary Drucker, DJs, and a cash bar. Full schedule below

> Click here to download the press release (opens as PDF)
> Click here to visit the Facebook event page (opens in new window)




The A.I.X. Scent Fair will take place at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles between May 6-8, 2016.

Fri 05/06
A.I.X. Scent Fair Kickoff Keynote & Panel
Join moderator Saskia Wilson-Brown, critic Chandler Burr, technologist Jacquelyn Ford Morie, and scientist Dr. Avery Gilbert for a discussion about the state of perfume + art. The panel will be preceded by a keynote talk by London-based scent culture expert Lizzie Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette)

Friday May 6, 7:30 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
> More information


Sat 05/07 + Sun 05/08
A.I.X. Scent Fair

A.I.X. Scent Fair is an international artisan, independent, experimental scent fair, where a selection of forty fragrance makers showcase and sell their wares in the first event of this kind to be held at a contemporary art museum. Co-organized by Hammer Museum and the Institute for Art and Olfaction, with Luckyscent / Scent Bar, the AIX Scent Fair will be free and open to the public.

Saturday May 7, 11 am –5 pm
Sunday May 8, 11 am –5 pm
> More information


Sat 05/07 + Sun 05/08
Experimental Perfumery Workshops
Join the Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Smelly Vials Perfume Club for a wild ride through experimental perfumery.
Limited to 16 participants

Saturday May 7, 1 pm – Sign up hereSOLD OUT
Sunday May 8, 1 pm – Sign up hereSOLD OUT


Sat 05/07
Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards
After months of judging and a pool of submissions that spanned 27 countries, we will announce the winners of the prestigious Golden Pear awards in three categories: Artisan, Independent and Experimental.
Special guest emcee: Zackary Drucker
Music: DJ Victor Rodriguez and DJ Javi en Rose

Open to the public and free to attend (cocktail/festive attire, please), cash bar

Saturday May 7
6:30 p.m. cocktail hour
7:30 p.m. ceremony begins
> More information





The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

Admission to all exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum is free, made possible through the generosity of benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood, Los Angeles. Onsite parking $3 (maximum 3 hours) or $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. Visit for details and call 310-443-7041 for tours.





The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.




Luckyscent is Adam, Franco, and a tireless team of happy fragrance lovers. We seek the unique, rare and exceptional, and this passion applies to all of our interests, whether it’s music, art, food or fragrance. Luckyscent provided us with a means to reach past our own borders to a larger community of fragrance lovers around the world. After four years of an online presence, we decided to step out of the digital shadows and open a retail location. Scent Bar Los Angeles opened in December of 2006. A “wine bar” for fragrance, a place where you can sit and relish extraordinary scents for as long as your schedule will allow, we created the store to reflect our ideals about design and fragrance shopping. The object of Scent Bar is to share. We will send you off with a sample rather than pressure you to make a purchase. At the end of the day we want our customers to love what they wear.