December 27, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Nearly a century ago, Konrad Preuss did pioneering work in Colombia's most important archaeological zone, called San Agustin. But the German archaeologist also took 35 stone statues back to Germany, and now residents of the southern Colombian region where he worked have mounted a campaign to get them back. About 1,800 residents of the Andean community of the San Agustin region signed a petition this month in a grass-roots effort to urge Colombia's government to make a formal request for the return of the intriguing artifacts.
December 17, 2012 |
As a girl in Southern California, I was fascinated by the discovery of the “lost cities” of the Americas -- of explorers hacking their way through dense jungle, only to happen upon long-obscured temples and artifacts that were then preserved for future generations. Turns out the historic heart of L.A. has its own artifact, freshly conserved but still, well, a little hidden. "América Tropical," the controversial mural created by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1932, is truly viewable again for the first time in decades, thanks to the efforts of the city, art historians and the Getty Conservation Institute.
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November 11, 2012 |
In the corner of a drab Culver City business park, nestled inside a gray two-story building, treasures from the Cold War lie waiting for the historically curious: Hungarian oil paintings, a full run of East Germany's official party newspaper and a Vladimir Lenin bust, vandalized with pink and turquoise paint to resemble a clown. Outside, 2.6 tons of the Berlin Wall greets those who enter. It's all there, if you can find it. "I think the Wende Museum is one of Culver City's best kept secrets," Councilman Jim Clarke said.
November 6, 2012 |
Deep within the high-security Iron Mountain storage facility in Hollywood, where nearly every doorway except for the restroom is protected by a security-card swipe lock, sits the Grammy Museum's permanent collection of pop music artifacts, recordings and memorabilia. Hundreds of 10-inch 78 rpm discs - some from Thomas Edison's record label - reside in archival boxes on 20-foot-long metal shelves, near antique radios and phonograph players, musical instruments, posters and some celebrity fashion items stored out of sight in sturdy garment bags.
October 30, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - The afternoon light is fading as Danielle Kelly walks the place known as the Neon Boneyard. Night will soon overtake this gambling town, a time when that original bling - the fanciful curves of electric neon - for decades beckoned and bewitched. Kelly reviews the metal remnants of cartoonish come-ons that once towered over the Moulin Rouge, Desert Inn, Golden Nugget and Stardust casinos, as well as wedding chapels, dry cleaners and motels. But time moves on, especially here.
September 23, 2012 |
PARIS - In the midst of the furor in the Muslim world over negative Western depictions of the prophet Muhammad, the Louvre on Saturday opened a new Islamic wing chock-full of 2,500 vintage ceramics, tapestries and other treasures from Islamic cultures stretching from Spain to India. A diverse crowd filtered into the iconic museum for the first day of the permanent exhibit, featuring a 14th century Mamluk porch, a wall of nearly 600 ceramics and only a single illustration of a veiled Muhammad, contained in a 16th century Ottoman Turkish manuscript.
September 20, 2012 |
“Artifacts,” Jaime Scholnick's two-gallery show at CB1 Gallery, is a double-barreled doozy that treats the eye to a cornucopia of visual thrills while giving the mind even more to mull over. Pleasure and pragmatism intermingle as Scholnick brings anger and playfulness into a loaded mixture of style and substance, art and politics, fun and loathing. The first gallery features fantastic sculptural reliefs, both wall-mounted and freestanding. Each is made of chunks of polystyrene packing material that Scholnick has scavenged from downtown dumpsters and covered with a rainbow of Day-Glo colors.
September 7, 2012 |
Artist Jaime Scholnick has taken a shine to tweaking the GOP -- literally. As part of her new show, “Artifacts” -- which just opened at downtown's CB1 gallery -- she's showing a series of bright, sparkly portraits of Bush administration figures: George W., Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld among them. Scholnick created the caricatures, which are made of jewel-toned glitter and acrylic paint, at the end of 2007. It was the artist's way of venting her frustration with the White House at the time.
August 6, 2012 |
A historic quill and lap desk used to sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo will be auctioned Sept. 7 in Nebraska. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed Feb. 2, 1848, and brought an end to the Mexican-American war. California as we know it would not exist without it. The treaty handed over 525,000 square miles of land to the U.S. It encompassed all of what are now the states of California, Utah and Nevada and parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. It was America's second-largest land acquisition, after the Louisiana Purchase.
August 2, 2012 |
After undergoing a $3.5-million makeover, the Ripley's Believe It or Not exhibit in Hollywood celebrated its reopening Thursday with a more family-friendly atmosphere. But the tourist attraction still has plenty of creepiness, said general manager Andrea Silverman. Gone are the torture chamber artifacts, she said. But visitors can still see shrunken heads, a 5,000-year-old mummified foot and a vampire killing kit, Silverman said. The attraction has also added dozens of Marilyn Monroe artifacts, including clothes and shoes.