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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
The murky green pool behind the art department at Cal State Fullerton was alive with floating Elvis paraphernalia--blue suede shoes, a jailhouse rock and a glittery guitar. About 50 competitors toed the edge of the pool for the 6th annual rubber band-powered boat races Thursday afternoon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1994 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Ending nearly two years of negotiations, UCLA on Thursday announced final approval of a plan to take over the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, which had opened to great fanfare in late 1990, 15 days before the death of the longtime Occidental Petroleum chairman. The agreement puts UCLA's art department in charge of the museum's operations, programs and financial affairs. Under terms of the merger, the university will manage the museum without committing new funds.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
A controversial auction of art owned by Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in South Los Angeles set record prices at Swann Auction Galleries in New York, according to Nigel Freeman, head of Swann's African American art department. The auction Thursday had infuriated local art historians who wanted the collection to remain in Southern California.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1994 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Maurice Tuchman--who only a year ago won a legal battle to retain his longtime position as the L.A. County Museum of Art's senior curator of 20th-Century art--will leave the museum on Dec. 1. However, he will not sever connections with the institution that has employed him for 30 years or the department he founded. Upon his official departure, Tuchman, 57, will assume the honorary title of senior curator emeritus of the 20th-Century art department.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Karin Higa, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died at 47. Higa died on Tuesday at her home in L.A. following a battle with cancer, said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, who is a professor in the art department at UCLA, said that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down due to her illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW
ART UCLA Art Department Picks Head: Mary Kelly, an artist and art theorist who has directed the studio portion of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program in New York since 1989, has been appointed chair of UCLA's art department. She succeeds Henry T. Hopkins, who stepped down last year to become full-time director of the UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center. Kelly has exhibited her work widely, including at UCLA/Hammer's recent "Sexual Politics" show.
NEWS
December 9, 1993 | JEANNETTE REGALADO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the last bastions of public tobacco consumption on the Westside has fallen. No-Smoking signs went up last week on three floors of UCLA's Dickson Art Center, which the university's art department occupies. It wasn't the only remaining place on campus where smoking was permitted, but it was the most notorious. As a state school, UCLA is exempt from local laws, such as the Los Angeles ordinance that took effect in August prohibiting smoking in public buildings and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1999 | STEPHEN LEMONS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was an ordinary chain-link fence with no apparent purpose at the north end of the Cal State Northridge campus. Then Russell McMillin and his 200 art education students transformed it into some grand terra-cotta menagerie. Huge, brown blowfish gape at spectators from the 100-foot-long fence. Furry, apelike heads sit atop its 10-foot-high posts. Skulls protrude from aluminum links. And strange, circular dwellings that look like wasp nests hang ominously from the barricade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER
Noah Gunnell had personal problems and was feeling hurt inside. Kneading stoneware clay in his art class at Channel Islands High School gave him satisfaction. His assignment was to choose an emotion and craft a sculpture in its name. Following the lines of his face in the mirror, he guided his hands in shaping that emotion--pain. He worked on the head, with its eyes squeezed tight and nose exaggerated, for 60 hours over a six-week period.
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