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Donna Karan collaborates with an indigenous artist as part of 'Nomad Two Worlds' art exhibit

February 21, 2011 | 12:39 pm

Nomad_donna_scarf2_122a "Nomad Two Worlds" -- a decade-long collaborative art project launched by Australian photographer Russell James that sees him partner with indigenous artists to create new works of art -- is hosting an L.A. edition of its newest exhibition, starting Wednesday and running through March 2.

But the exhibit doesn't end with the artwork, which -- this time out -- features imagery of celebrities including Fergie, Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima, all modified by indigenous collaborators from Australia, Haiti and Native American reservations.

The event also boasts a fashion component, courtesy of Donna Karan, whose UrbanZen foundation helps preserve native cultures, among other endeavors.

Karan has collaborated with "Nomad" artist Clifton Bieundurry, a Walmajarri artist from the central Kimberley region of Australia, on 10 one-of-a-kind batik-print cashmere-and-silk scarves. Retailing for $6,500 each, four of the scarves are currently on sale at L.A.'s Arcade boutique; the rest (and those that have yet to be sold) will be for sale at the "Nomad" exhibit.

Karan will speak in a panel discussion with UCLA professor Jessica Cattelino and Richard Walley, a Noongar indigenous Australian elder, on additional topics relating to the challenges faced by native cultures in the modern world. This panel discussion is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; admission is free.

Proceeds from the merchandise and artwork sold at the event will benefit UrbanZen's programs and T=the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, which is dedicated to the prevention of childhood diseases and disability.

"Nomad Two Worlds," Pier 59 Studios West, 2415 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica (park at Bergamot Station). Free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) hosts a  kid-friendly viewing of the exhibit, featuring storytelling, didgeridoo lessons and painting activities.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Adriana Lima wrapped in a scarf from Donna Karan's collaboration for "Nomad Two Worlds." Credit: Nomad Two Worlds

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