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Quick Takes: A project's early motion

June 26, 2012

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project will make a sneak-peek debut in July with a performance in the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Millepied is creating a 30-minute, site-specific duet, "Framework," to a narrated soundtrack by artist Mark Bradford. The free performances, in conjunction with the MOCA show "The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol," are scheduled for July 19, Aug. 2 and 9.

Bradford has two large paintings in the exhibition, "Untitled" (2011) and "Ghost and Stooges" (2011). Millepied will dance with new LA Dance Project member Amanda Wells, a prominent dancer with Stephen Petronio Company. They will travel throughout the galleries with the audience following along, dancing on Rudolf Stingel's art work "Untitled," a white wall-to-wall carpeting.

Launched with funding from the Los Angeles Music Center, LA Dance Project is an art collective featuring Millepied, composer Nico Muhly and producer Charles Fabius.

— Laura Bleiberg

Regen Projects plans to move

Regen Projects, the prominent West Hollywood art gallery, is moving to a new location in Hollywood, on Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue, with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 22.

The new Regen Projects, currently under construction and designed by L.A.-based architect Michael Maltzan, is expected to have 20,000 square feet of space. The structure will allow for "larger-scale exhibitions," according to the gallery, and will also feature an outdoor sculpture deck. The new space is an overhaul of a disused building, according to Maltzan's firm. The gallery is coming to a stretch of Hollywood that hasn't seen much in the way of high culture. It will sit adjacent to a Walgreens and will face a doughnut store and a pawn shop across the street. But the gallery will be close to the newly launched Perry Rubenstein Gallery, on Highland near Fountain Avenue.

Regen Projects represents such prominent L.A. artists as Lari Pittman, Doug Aitken and Catherine Opie, as well as international names such as Anish Kapoor and Matthew Barney.

— David Ng

Boston museum set to reopen

Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but a museum dedicated to the 1773 Boston Tea Party that has been dormant for more than a decade is set to reopen this week, in time for the presidential election year.

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is set to open its doors to the public on Tuesday. The facility closed about 11 years ago following a fire, according to a report in the Patriot Ledger newspaper. The museum, which first opened its doors about 40 years ago, received a $28-million loan from the state of Massachusetts. It features one of the two remaining tea boxes that colonists threw overboard into Boston Harbor.

— David Ng

Carnegie award recipients named

The first Andrew Carnegie Awards for Excellence

in Literature were announced in a ceremony Sunday night at the American Library Assn. conference in Anaheim. The biography "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" by Robert K. Massie took the non-

fiction prize; Anne Enright's novel "The Forgotten Waltz" won in fiction.

Up to now, the American Library Assn.'s prizes have focused on books for children and young adults; the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals are among the organization's awards. For the inaugural Carnegie Awards, librarians and library professionals chose the winners, working in consultation with adult readers.

— Carolyn Kellogg

Artnet ends its online magazine

Artnet Magazine, a widely read online publication devoted to the visual-art market, is shutting down due to financial difficulties. The magazine's editor said in an email statement Monday that "during its 16 years of digital life, the magazine was never able to pay its own way."

The magazine existed as part of Artnet, a comprehensive visual-arts site that offers auctions, a pricing database and analytic reports on the art market. Monday's news comes on the heels of the announcement that Hans Neuendorf, the chief executive of Artnet, has stepped down from his post, handing control of the company to his son, Jacob Pabst.

Walter Robinson, the magazine's editor, said in an email to contributors that the magazine won't be posting new material after Monday.

The magazine published reported stories, commentary and reviews, all geared generally toward the buying and selling of art.

— David Ng

Billy Ray Cyrus joins 'Chicago'

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is making his Broadway debut in "Chicago." The singer of "Achy Breaky Heart" and father of Miley Cyrus is detouring from his Nashville roots in taking on the role of criminal lawyer Billy Flynn for a seven-week engagement beginning

Nov. 5.

— Associated Press

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