CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 |
The discovery that real estate agent Matthew Greenberg made when he stepped inside a Mount Washington cottage will put the Los Angeles Public Library on the map. Stashed everywhere in the 948-square-foot tear-down were maps. Tens of thousands of maps. Fold-out street maps were stuffed in file cabinets, crammed into cardboard boxes, lined up on closet shelves and jammed into old dairy crates. Wall-size roll-up maps once familiar to schoolchildren were stacked in corners. Old globes were lined in rows atop bookshelves also filled with maps and atlases.
October 18, 2012 |
When the Soviet government sold hundreds of paintings from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad in the 1930s, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Raphael and Velazquez, they ended up working closely with one American art gallery: Knoedler & Company in New York. The gallery abruptly closed last year after more than 160 years in business. Now the Getty Research Institute is acquiring for an undisclosed sum the sales books documenting the Hermitage deals, among other resources that make up Knoedler's vast private archives.
October 16, 2012
The Global Garden, our weekly series exploring multicultural L.A. through the lens of its landscapes, is approaching its first birthday. The column has covered so much -- sugar cane, shiso, loquat, purslane, moringa, sweet lemon, ice cream bean -- so much that we've pulled all of the installments into one convenient library that we'll continue to update. THE GLOBAL GARDEN ARCHIVE Bookmark it. Share it. Enjoy it. And happy planting.
October 4, 2012 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Doug Sterner drives from his cluttered apartment here to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., carrying a portable photocopier and a belief in American heroes. Inside the Navy archives, he flips through thousands of typed index cards detailing bravery in battle. Sterner pulls out a card and starts reading. He's mesmerized by this story: Charles Valentine August, a Navy pilot who shot down two enemy planes in World War II, was later shot down himself and captured in North Africa.
September 26, 2012 |
Because so many feature films are being shot on digital these days, more and more theaters across the country have abandoned film projectors for digital ones. So what becomes of existing 35mm films? For archives, revival theaters, art houses and other small venues, it has become a struggle to obtain 35mm prints of vintage, experimental, independent and short films for programming purposes. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes of Classic Hollywood "There is one studio that when you ask for a print they will say, 'Show the DVD,'" said film noir historian Alan Rode.
September 23, 2012 |
The Brontës Wild Genius on the Moors - The Story of a Literary Family Juliet Barker Pegasus: 1,200 pp., $39.95 Just about everything you thought you knew about the Brontës is wrong. That's the essential message of "The Brontës" by Juliet Barker. Eighteen years after her landmark biography was published, the author - a former curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth - has produced a revised edition with new material, including letters and juvenilia that were unavailable when the author wrote the book.
September 17, 2012 |
The National Archives in New York City is shifting its office and bringing a new exhibition space to Lower Manhattan this month. The keeper of the Constitution and other vital U.S. documents will move into the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green, a building it will share with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The new office opens to the public Friday and will provide a more museum-like setting than the agency's previous spot in Greenwich Village . An inaugural show in the building's rotunda titled "The World's Port: Through Documents of the National Archives" tells the story of the city's trade history through photos and documents.
September 5, 2012 |
The archives of architect Frank Lloyd Wright have found a new home -- two homes, to be precise -- in New York. The archives have been jointly acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation said it will retain all copyright and intellectual-property responsibility for the late architect's work. Under the agreement, the complete physical archives will be transferred to Columbia and MoMA. Columbia will receive the paper-based material from the archive, including drawings and Wright's personal and professional correspondence.
August 11, 2012 |
For a moment last year, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's star shone brightly as he unveiled his party's bold deficit-whacking budget proposal -- that is, until seniors rebelled over his plan to dramatically change Medicare. The backlash was swift and decisive. Democrats attacked the GOP, saying the plan would destroy the Medicare safety net, and the earnest Wisconsin wunderkind slid from the spotlight. When he walked the halls of the Capitol, he popped in his iPod earbuds, tuning out the noise.
July 9, 2012
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just released the first titles of its new Fox Cinemas Archives DVD series. Tyrone Power fans are in for a treat because three of his films are in the mix, including the 1937 romantic comedy "Love Is News" with Loretta Young, 1938's epic "Suez," which also stars Young and French actress Annabella, who Power married in 1939, and the 1952 thriller "Diplomatic Courier," with Patricia Neal. Also worth checking out is the 1943 romantic drama "Claudia," featuring Dorothy McGuire in her film debut as a child bride married to Robert Young.