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Past Events – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

We like to keep track of what we do, and we imagine someone out there is curious, as well. As such, here is a list of the highlights of our past events, in reverse chronological order.

For upcoming events, please check our calendar.

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October 14 – Unsettled: Artist Talk with Bruno Fazzolari, at IAO

October 14 + 15 – Naturals Only Intensive with Jessica Hannah, at IAO

October 2 – Beginners-Only Session, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, at IAO

September 30 Aromas of the Ancient World, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, at Getty Villa

September 30 – Four Hour Accords: Sandalwood, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

September 21 – Odorama: Animal Smell, at Mediamatic, Amsterdam

September 8 – 10 – IAO/AOA at Pitti Fragranze, at Stazione Leopolda, Florence

September 5 – #Droplet by Marcos Lutyens, at La Monnaie de Paris

September 5 – 11-Week Materials Course: Autumn Session, at IAO

August 26 – LA Weekly’s Artopia, with dublab, at Union Station, LA

August 23 – Síntesis workshop and luncheon, at IAO

August 19 Miles Regis in Residence, artist talk and closing reception, at IAO (sponsored by Fort Point Beer Company)

August 18 – #SUPERRARE FUNDRAISER ends: Big thanks to our supporters!

August 17 – NEZ, The Olfactory Magazine: A Meet + Greet, with Dominique Brunel and Yohan Cervi, at IAO (sponsored by Fort Point Beer Company)

August 15 – Beginner’s Only Session, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, at IAO

August 12 – Pasadena Inspired: Blending Workshop, at One Colorado (Pasadena)

August 10 – Perfume for Wellness, with Éva-Marie Lind

August 5 – Beginner’s Only Session, at IAO

July 31 – Talk at Women’s Center for Creative Work

July 27 – Opening Reception: Miles Regis, at IAO

July 22 – Incense Workshop, with Persphenie, at IAO

July 17 –  August 18 – Miles Regis in Residence, at IAO

July 15 Four Hour Accords: Gardenia, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

Sean RaspetJuly 13 Taste Workshop: Creative Flavoring, with Sean Raspet, at IAO

July 11 Four week materials course: Summer Session, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

July 8 Beginner’s Only Session, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, at IAO

July 6 – Human Pheromones – part 2 of a two-part workshop with Susan Barbour, at IAO

July 3 Virtual Reality + Digitizing Scent with Simon Niedenthal and Jacki Morie, at IAO

July 1 Beginner’s Only Session, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, at IAO

June 27 Art + Olfaction Awards finalists + winners smelling party, at IAO

June 24 Four Hour Accords: Tuberose, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

June 22 – Human Pheromones – part 1 of a two-part workshop with Susan Barbour, at IAO

June 11/12 Four Hour Accords: Orange Blossom and Neroli, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

June 9 – Roman Aromas Launch, at Getty Villa

May 27 Beginner’s Only Session, at IAO

May 20 Four Hour Accords: Lilac, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

May 06 4th Annual Art and Olfaction Awards, at Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin

May 06 + 07 – Jasmine + Rose Weekend Intensive, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

May 05 – Experimental Scent Summit, at Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin

Martin Becker FotografieMay 1 – July 10 – Susan Barbour in Residence, at IAO

April 27 Four Hour Accords: Tobacco, with Ashley Eden Kessler at IAO

April 13 LA Noir Scents with Airbnb, with Saskia Wilson-Brown at IAO

April 08 Four Hour Accords: Violet, with Ashley Eden Kessler at IAO

April 04 Every Monday and Tuesday through June, Ten Week Materials Course, with Ashley Eden Kessler at IAO

April 01 Opening Reception for Sarah Baker Perfumes, at IAO

April 01 Every weekend through September: Ancient Roman Aromas, part of ‘Roman Holidays‘ program at Getty Villa

March 23 – 26 IAO/Art and Olfaction Awards at Esxence, in Milan

March 23 Art and Olfaction Awards Finalists Announced, at Esxence in Milan

March 21 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 7 (Catch-up) – Marine/Green Aquatic, at IAO

March 19 Whitney Houston Biennial: The Greatest Love of All, at 325 West Broadway, NY

March 14 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 10 – Fruity, at IAO

Gene_SarahMarch 11 – Beginners Only Session, at IAO

March 09 – LA Noir Scents with Airbnb, at IAO

March 07 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 9 – Aldehydic, at IAO

March 06 – The Future of Olfaction and Immersive Technology, with Selwa Sweidan, at IAO

February 28 – Ten Week Materials Course: Session 8 – Orange Blossom/ Rose, Continued (syn.), at IAO

February 21 IAO’s Four year anniversary!

February 14 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 6 – Jasmine (syn.), at IAO

February 11 + 18 Aphrodisiacs: Domestic Magic and Seduction in the Ancient World, at Getty Villa

February 07 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 5 – Jasmine/Orange Blossom (nat.), at IAO

February 04 + 05 Natural Perfume Blending Intensive with Jessica Hannah, at IAO

January 31 – Ten Week Materials Course: Session 4 – Rose (syn.), at IAO

January 26 Volunteer: LAHSA Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, across Los Angeles

January 25 SPECIAL Open Session – for returning students only, at IAO

January 24 Ten Week Materials Course: Session 3 – Rose (nat.), with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

PAST_2017JEANETTEJanuary 17 – Ten Week Materials Course: Session 2 – Amber (syn.), with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

January 14 – First timers only! A guided open session, at IAO

January 12 Magician Jeanette Andrews performs ‘Thornapple’, at IAO

January 10 – Ten Week Materials Course: Session 1 – Amber (nat.), with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

January 07 + 08 Amber and Ambergris Intensive, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

 

2016

December 29 – Airbnb Experience: Noir Los Angeles blending session, at IAO

December 12 – Post deadline for The Art and Olfaction Awards

December 03 – KColine residency: Opening Event, at IAO

November 28 – Submissions close for the Art and Olfaction Awards

November 19 – Accord-bulding class: Oud, at IAO

November 12 – Guided Blending Session – for First-Timers Only, at IAO

November 5 Participating artist at LA Weekly’s Artopia, at OUE Skyspace

PAST_2017OPENSESSOctober 20 – Guided Blending Session for First-Timers Only, at IAO

October 15KColine in residence, at IAO

October 11 – Ten Week Materials Course Starts, with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

October 09 – Artist Talk: Claudia Corrales, at private home in Venice, CA.

October 08 Opening: ‘Dessine Moi un Arc-en-ciel‘ by artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, at IAO

October 02 – Constructing pie smells at KCRW’s 8th Annual Good Food Pie Contest, at UCLA

October 01 – Sound/Scent pairings at dublab’s 17th anniversary party, at Union Nightclub

September 29 – Guided Blending Session – for First-Timers Only, at IAO

September 20 – 30 – Claudia Corrales (Cuba) in Residence

September 20 – Fig Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

September 10 – Florals Intensive with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

September 09 + 10 – PITTI Fragranze, Florence Italy

August 25 – La Chevelure by artist in residence Jo Burzynska (New Zealand), at IAO Project Space

August 23  – Accord Class: Violet with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

PAST_2016EsmerAugust 18 – The Zodiac Nose with Mojave Rising, at IAO

August 13 – Beach and Marine Perfume Accords Intensive with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

August 11 – New Works on Paper by Micah Hahn, Closing Reception, at IAO

August 10 – Beyond the Juice: the Role of Blogs and Awards, with Dr. Claus Noppeney, at IAO

August 04 – Beginners-Only Session, at IAO

July 28 + 30 – Motion Sensitive Scent Robots, with Chris Weisbart, at IAO and Machine Project

July 21 – New Works on Paper by Micah Hahn – Opening Night, at IAO

July 19 – Beyond Genius: Creativity in perfume-making with The Scent Culture Institute’s Dr. Nada Endrissat, at IAO

July 16 – Snowblink, feat. Inga: An Aromatic Concert, at IAO

July 9 – Weekend Beginner’s Session, at IAO

July 1 – 31 – Free Smells’ – a window installation by Erik Benjamins, at IAO

June 25 –  24 Hours 15 Scents release party – celebrating a months-long collaboration with The Firecracker Press, writer Eileen G’Sell, 14 St. Louisans, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis

June 25 – Happiness! closing event, with Los Angeles Design Festival/Chinatown Design Night, at IAO

June 24 – IAO gives a talk at Fifth Contemporary Night Out, at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Kemper Art Museum, CAM St Louis

June 21James Beard Foundation Dinner, at James Beard House, New York

PAST_2016PrintJune 15 – Writer Andrew Berardini starts residency, at IAO

June 04 – Gardenia Accords class with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

June 01 – Get Happy: A Special Open Session with Nicola Vruwink, at IAO

May 26 – now past later zine launch party, at IAO

May 21 – Tuberose Accord class with Ashley Eden Kessler, at IAO

May 20Happiness! by Nicola Vruwink, opening party, at IAO

May 07 – The Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards, emceed by Zackary Drucker, at Hammer Museum.
> Watch the video, here.

May 07 + 08 – Experimental Perfumery Workshops with The Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Smelly Vials Perfume Club, at Hammer Museum.

May 07 + 08 – Artisan Independent and Experimental (AIX) Scent Fair – An international 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, at Hammer Museum.

May 07 – AIX Scent Fair Kickoff Keynote with Lizzie Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette), & Panel with critic Chandler Burr, technologist Jacquelyn Ford Morie, and scientist Dr. Avery Gilbert, at Hammer Museum.
> Watch the video, here.

May 01 – Scent of Mystery – Scented Screening at TCM Film Festival, at Arclight Cinerama Dome LA

April 19 – Scent as Creative Practice – Talk, at Otis College

April 14Aleesa Cohene Artist Talk, at IAO

April 01 – Announcing the Finalists for the 2016 Art and Olfaction Awards, with Luca Turin, Mark Behnke, Ashraf Osman, Antonio Gardoni, Sherri Sebastian and Saskia Wilson-Brown at Esxence Milan

March 31 – Panel Discussion about Judging Artistic Perfume with Claus Noppeney, Marlen Elliot Harrison, Bodo Kubartz and Saskia Wilson-Brown, at Esxence Milan

March 19 + 20 – Beginner’s Weekend Intensive: Floral Accords, at IAO

March 19 – Workshop: Perfume as Creative Practice,  Sci-Arc Kappe Library

PAST_2016SWSXMarch 15 – Workshop: Exploring Scent as Interactive Story-Telling Tool (with Marcel Van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord, Frederik Duerinck and Wander Eikelboom), SXSW

March 5 – Newcomers-Only: An Open Session for Beginners, at IAO

March 1 – Open session for Atlas Obscura members, at IAO

February 27 – Talk:Froth and Folly: Perfumery in 18th c. France’, Getty Center

February 25 – Talk: ‘The Olfactory Experience of UFO Abduction’, with Joe Merrell, Machine Project

February 20 + 21 – Naturals Only Intensive with Jessica Hannah

February 13 – Tobacco Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler

February 11 – Heather Poon’s ‘The Garden of Death and Desire‘ opening at IAO

February 7 – Talk: ‘Greek and Roman Aphrodisiacs’, Getty Villa

February 6 – ‘Atlas Obscura’ Members’ Session

February 5 – IAO collaboration ‘The Eyes Are Always There’ by Joe Merrell at Machine Project

January 24 – Newcomers-Only: An Open Session for Beginners, at IAO

January 9The Masticator by Eric Vrymoed, opening at IAO

2015

PAST_2016_SOMDecember 19 – Newcomers-Only: An Open Session for Beginners

December 18: Members-Only Holiday Party

December 17: ABCs of Perfumery with Chris Gordon of The Perfumer’s Studio

December 10: Phantosmia Story-telling session with Ghost Hunters of Urban LA, IAO HQ

December 5: Leather Intensive with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

November 7: Newcomers-Only: An Open Session for Beginners, IAO HQ

November 6: Music + Scent at DUBLAB 16th Anniversary at The Music Center, Los Angeles

October 24: ‘Culture of Perfume in 18th Century’ France at Wallace Collection, London UK

October 22: Scent of Mystery’ scented screening at Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

October 16: Scent of Mystery’ scented screening at National Media Museum, Bradford UK

September 28 – October 10: Dear Enemy by artist Christy Gast, curator Camila Marambio (ENSAYOS), ecologist Derek Corcoran and biologist Giorgia Graells. In Residence IAO HQ

October 3: Phantosmia, with Ghost Hunters of Urban LA, IAO HQ

September 17: Mechanics of Scent: DIY Scratch and Sniff, IAO HQ

September 5: Fig Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

September 5: Erik Benjamins – ‘Slow Smoke Slow Soap Part 3‘, Closing Event, IAO Experimental Gallery

August 29: Housewarming Party with Snowblink, Erik Benjamins + Bettina Hubby, IAO HQ

August 23: Sunday Morning Blend, an open session for beginners, IAO HQ

August 22: Vintage Formulas with Paul Kiler, IAO HQ

August 21:The Nose: Searching for Blamage‘, film screening with Alessandro Gualtieri, Raleigh Studio, Los Angeles

July 30: Gaming workshop with Simon Niedenthal (Malmo Sweden), IAO HQ

July 18: Workshop(s) at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

July 4: Special Open Session: Beginners Only

July 1: Move to our new home in Chinatown

June 28: Manifest Destiny Closing Event with Los Angeles Nomadic Division and Zoe Crosher, Private Home

June 27: Froth and Folly – Perfume in the 18th century French court, Getty Center

June 23: Roman unguentariums, with the Miniature Perfume Museum, IAO HQ

PAST_2015_CatJune 13: Dirty Dirty Animals – Animalic Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

May 05: Little Trees Mural goes up – The Standard, Downtown LA

April 23: Cat Jones artist talk – IAO HQ

April 17: Second Annual Art and Olfaction Awards – Goethe Institut, Los Angeles

April 8 – 30: IN_LAB presents Australian artist Cat Jones, in residence through April – IAO HQ

April 4: Grand opening – Huntington Library Visitors Center, with scent component produced by IAO with perfumer Sherri Sebastian, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Pasadena

March 26: Announcing the finalists of the Art and Olfaction Awards with Saskia Wilson-Brown and Dr. Claus Noppeney – Esxence, Milan

March 21: Scent in 18th Century France with Saskia Wilson-Brown – Wallace Collection London

March 14: Newbies-only: Special Open Session – IAO HQ

March 7: Stop and Smell Your Dinner – Spring Edition – IAO HQ

March 3: The Molecular Biology of Fragrance with Christina Agapakis – IAO HQ

February 14: Launch of Bohemian Society’s ‘Sex Tape’, produced with the IAO

February 12: Love Potion No. 9 Scented Speed Dating, with Bettina Hubby – IAO

February 7: Aphrodisiacs in Ancient Greece and Rome, with Saskia Wilson-Brown – Getty Villa, Malibu

January 11: Animalic Accord class with Ashley Eden Kessler – IAO HQ

2014

PAST_2015HildaDecember 22: Newbies-only open session, IAO HQ

December 18: Stop and Smell Your Dinner (Holiday Edition), at Thank You For Coming

December 13+14: Chypre intensive, with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

December 7: Froth and Folly, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, Getty Center

November 18-26: IN_LAB presents Finland-based artist Hilda Kozári in a week-long residency.

November 15: Schiff Bases class, with Paul Kiler, at IAO HQ

November 3: Art and Olfaction Awards Submissions open

October 21-29: IAO Trip to Havana

October 16: Book release party for ‘Fragrant’ by Mandy Aftel, at IAO HQ

October 4: ‘Molecules’ by Micah Hahn, at 5th Floor Gallery

October 3: Stop and Smell Your Dinner, at Thank You For Coming

September 20: Accord-Building: Woody Accords, with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

September 06: Elements of Nature #2 presented by Daniel Krasofski, IAO HQ

September 1 to 10: IN_LAB presents Montreal-based perfumer Dana El Masri

August 26 to September 14: IAO collaborates with Public Fiction + Mateo Tannatt on a scent for their residency at Hammer Museum

August 23: Scent Excursion: Retail Scents, Camera Obscura / 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica

August 19: Liturgical Bliss: The Historical Scents of Worship, IAO HQ

August 7: IN_LAB presents ‘Imitations of Life’ by Ben Chase, IAO HQ

July 26 + 27: Accord Intensive, with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

July 24: oPhone talk and demo, with David Edwards, IAO HQ

July 18: Scented Dinner, with Castle Gourmet Dining, IAO HQ

June 24: The Social Science of Perfumery, with Claus Noppeney, IAO HQ

June 8: The Scents of Byzantium, with Saskia Wilson-Brown, Getty Villa

May 31: Aroma and Tea with Marzi Pecen and Yi-Ping Hou, IAO HQ

May 24 + 25: Weekend Perfumery Intensive with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

May 21: Electronic Ether by Marcos Lutyens at Smell-Festival dell’Olfatto, in collaboration with MAMbo-Bologna Modern Art Museum, Italy

PAST_2014_AOAMay 13: ‘An Olfactory Archive’ opening at WUHO Gallery

May 11: Smelling session at Fowler Museum

May 8: Exhibition of works on paper by Sarana Mehra, IAO HQ

April 25: The first annual Art and Olfaction Awards, at Goethe Institut

April 19: Orange Blossom Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

March 29: Jasmine Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

March 15: Scents of the Silk Road, with Sarah Horowitz-Thran, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

March 14: Big Move: Hello to our new home in Koreatown!

March 9: IAO participates in the Whitney Houston Biennial, curated by C. Finley, Brooklyn NY

February 20: IAO joins Big City Forum for a talk about transmedia art practices, Otis College

February 15: Rose Accords with Ashley Eden Kessler, IAO HQ

January 21: Historic Perfumes from the Osmotheque, with Christophe Laudamiel, Goethe Institut

January 18 + 19: Weekend Perfumery Intensive, IAO HQ

PAST_2014_TRIPJanuary 9-12: ‘A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes, Revisited’ at Hammer Museum.

2013

December 11: A candle-making intensive- from scent to wax pouring.

November 16: ‘Originally from Australia’ Erik Benjamins exhibition opening, with  candle compositions in collaboration with Ashley Eden Kessler (‘Slow Smoke’), in Olvera Street, LA

November 13: Empowerment Through Scent, with Sarah Horowitz-Thran, at IAO HQ, LA

November 06 + 07: ‘Perfume: Story of a Murderer’, Scented screening at l.a. Eyeworks. Thanks to IFF, Luckyscent- with scents composed by Christophe Laudamiel.

November 1-December 12: Four paintings by Franco Castilla, on view at the Institute for Art and Olfaction

October 29: Gayil Nalls: Exploring Chemical Communication in Art at IAO HQ, LA

October 25: ‘Social Ether’ with Marcos Lutyens, Arte Boccanera in Trento, Italy

October 16: Three Week Intensive: Making your strange scent ideas into a small batch reality at IAO HQ, LA

September 21: ‘Three Worlds of Sonic Scent’- three perfumes composed by Ashley Eden Kessler for our collaboration with dublab, at the dublab 14th anniversary party, Maker City, LA

August 9: Launch of ‘Austin Young’s Accident by Brent Leonesio’, at the final workshop for Austin Young’s ‘TBD’, Mack Sennett Studios, LA

PAST_2015SIGNAugust 1: Aromatic Literary Salon with John Steele at IAO HQ, LA

July 29: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ workshop with Austin Young’s ‘TBD’, IAO HQ, LA

July 21: Premiere of ‘Dig’, at Bettina Hubby’s Dig the Dig dinner at Santa Monica Museum of Art

June 23: Perfumers’ Breakfast with John Steele, IAO HQ, LA

June 22: IAO moderates a panel at FRAGments, MorYork Gallery, LA

June 15: Brent Leonsio leads our first blending bootcamp, IAO HQ, LA

June 9: IAO and Sarah Horowitz Parfums present a garden-based scent workshop at Natural History Museum’s Centennial Event, Natural History Museum, LA

May 16: IAO turns LA Weekly’s Artopia dance floor into a ‘Scent Bomb Happy Pit’ of scented Gulaal pigments – curated by Mastodon Mesa, Chinatown, LA

May 1: Perfumer Brent Leonesio leads a workshop about aromachemicals, IAO HQ, LA

April 23: Smell psychologist Dr. Avery Gilbert leads an interactive exploration of synaesthesia, IAO HQ, LA

April 22: IAO at Cal Arts Print Fair, Cal Arts, Valencia

April 11: USC Professor of religion James McHugh presents ‘Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell and Perfumery in Ancient India’, IAO HQ, LA

April 1: IAO presents ‘Desire Lines and Garden Paths: Nine Years of Type by Micah Hahn’, LA Mart Project Space Gallery, LA

March 23: Our first open session (of sorts)!

March 14: Gabriel D Vine presents a Scent Session about Men’s Perfumery between 1986 and 1995, IAO HQ, LA

PAST_2014_YvetFebruary 28: Gabriel D Vine presents our first Scent Session about naturals, IAO HQ, LA

February 21: Inauguration party for our new IAO HQ, LA

February 15: Volunteer Day, IAO Headquarters, LA

January 24: Smell and tell, Los Angeles

January 22 + 28: ‘Cult’ – a partnership with filmmaker Mark Harris ‘The Lost Children’ and Josh Meyer (Imaginary Authors) – premieres as part of the live immersive experience around ‘The Lost Children’, at Lincoln Center, New York


2012

December 14: Our very first event: A Meet and Greet, at Scent Bar, Los Angeles