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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.
April 24, 1996 | MIGUEL HELFT
Andy Warhol would be proud: Marilyn Monroe, his pop-art icon, is being re-created. Sprawled on the pavement in front of Ventura High School's auditorium Tuesday, Katie Begg, Tisa Hall and Elizabeth Gutierrez were working meticulously on three portraits of the movie star in bright purple, pink, orange, green and blue, mimicking Warhol's "Marilyn Monroe 1967." And the renditions were pretty credible.
November 29, 1995 | LINDA FRIEDLIEB
On the sidewalks in front of Ventura College's art buildings, Kim Morris uses a thick piece of bright pink chalk to draw an outline around Taryn Alvarado on Tuesday afternoon. "Hey, you're moving your hand," Morris said. "You can't do that. You're supposed to be dead." After creating their own version of a police outline of a body, Morris and Alvarado filled in the figure with abstract doodles in a rainbow of colors.
June 23, 1995 | JEFF KASS
The City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, has voted to spend just over $4 million to purchase and renovate the historic Grand Central Building. The building, at 202 N. Broadway, would be a centerpiece of a nine-block Artists Village, which the city hopes will revitalize downtown. Officials, however, cannot say how much extra sales tax revenue the city will receive by restoring the building, which already contains a handful of businesses.
Head back to school, but in Florence, Italy, to study Italian language and culture, cooking, art history and drawing Sept. 16. Riverside Community College is sponsoring the fall semester trip, which ends Dec. 15. Participants will stay in apartments with four beds and cooking facilities. In addition to classes, members visit museums and galleries, take day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lucca, and take overnight excursions by train to Venice and Rome.
December 25, 1994 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic. and
Herewith, in no particular order, the 10 events, episodes and issues most significant for the Los Angeles art world in 1994: Dynamic Duo: Simultaneous retrospectives of the pivotal work of Bruce Nauman and Mike Kelley at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the L.A. County Museum of Art, respectively, made for a knockout summer museum season, while definitively underscoring the continuing international significance of art made in Los Angeles.
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.
October 16, 1994 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar
'Say you're sitting in a train at a platform that's due to pull out, the train next to you moves, and you think you're moving," says British artist Richard Wilson, the subject of an exhibition opening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the UK/LA Festival. "Suddenly you see the platform and realize you haven't moved. At that moment you've experienced a fault in the body mechanism between eye and brain, and you've been fooled.
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