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December 24, 2009
Chris Rainier's photographs of New Guineans in the exhibition " Where Masks Still Dance " are among the most striking portraits of a distant corner of the world you'll see for a long time. The traditional face-painting is intricate and haunting, and even more prosaic shots of locals hunting, worshiping and enjoying family life are both uncanny yet reveal a universal humanity. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Opens Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12. www.bowers.org.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Most museum exhibitions try to give answers, but an unusual Chinese antiquities show the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has announced as its big fall attraction will focus on 3,000-year-old artifacts in bronze, gold and jade that mainly have produced bafflement. "China's Lost Civilization: the Mystery of Sanxingdui" is to feature more than 120 ceremonial objects that include towering human figures and trees made of bronze, carved heads and masks. They come from Sanxingdui and Jinsha, archaeological sites near Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China.
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October 15, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to fathom that Saddam Hussein inspired a fashion trend. But he did for Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of State under President Clinton. It was after the first Gulf War, after she criticized Hussein during U.S. sanctions against Iraq, that a poem published in the government-controlled Baghdad press referred to her as an "unparalleled serpent. " She wore a golden snake pin to her next meeting with Iraqi officials, and a tradition was born.
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November 10, 2013 | Susan Denley
The storied jewelry house of Van Cleef & Arpels, established in 1906, flourishes in Paris alongside equally storied couture maisons. But don't confuse the jewelry with fashion, says Nicolas Bos, Van Cleef's chief executive and creative director. Fashion is about change, but "we are in a world of continuity," he said during a recent visit to Orange County. So much so that jewelry made decades ago still looks just right. Consider the stunning 1974 yellow gold, turquoise and diamond Panka necklace Eva Mendes wore to the Golden Globe Awards in 2009.
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March 25, 2010
On display for the first time outside of Asia, Secrets of the Silk Road features more than 150 objects, including mummies and other archaeological items found buried in the parched sands of the Tarim Basin in the far Western Xinjiang Uygur region of China. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Through July 25. Weekends adult $20, children $18; weekdays adult $18, children $16. (714) 567-3600. www.bowers.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1989
I was very disappointed to read (May 23) of the "loss of momentum" in the fund-raising and expansion plans of the Bowers Museum that led to the resignation of Paul Piazza. Piazza is quoted as saying that it would be perhaps as long as two years before the museum reopens after the expansion is completed. I have been a museum member for three years, and frankly I saw no reason whatever for the expansion or renovation. Piazza's claim that it was "understaffed, underfunded and underattended" perhaps came when he compared the museum to his previous workplaces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999
Santa Ana should continue to be a major supporter of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (March 17). The property was left by Charles and Ada Bowers to any city in Orange County that would provide a place for people interested in history to gather to further that interest. Santa Ana chose to take up that task, and the Bowers Museum was built and opened in 1936, despite the hard times of the Depression. As a docent at Bowers since 1991, I know the museum serves Santa Ana and Orange County, as well as the large group of people who choose to support education, the arts, and the general well-being of all citizens.
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January 10, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony will present two pairs of chamber-music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, continuing the series started at the museum in 1993. Each program will be given twice. The first pair of concerts, Feb. 17 and 19, will include works by Bruch, Ravel and Mozart played by clarinetist James Kanter, pianist John Novacek, violinists Sheryl Staples and Amy Sims, violist Robert Becker and cellist Timothy Landauer.
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February 4, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS \f7
The city of Santa Ana ran the Bowers Museum for 51 years until 1987, when it appointed the nonprofit Charles W. Bowers Museum Corp. to manage the institution's day-to-day affairs. The city still owns the museum and gives it an annual $1-million stipend, but the eventual goal is to make the corporation support itself. Meanwhile--"inadvertently," according to Bowers board President Arthur V.
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November 6, 2002 | Mike Boehm
The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana will get a $4-million chunk of state bond money to help it build a new wing to house revolving collections from the British Museum in London, Gov. Gray Davis has announced. An opening is targeted for 2005. Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido said Tuesday that the city will use the grant as a cornerstone for raising the additional $6 million needed to build the addition, which would also house exhibits from other museums around the world.
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July 17, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Dean Corey's victory lap as one of Southern California's top music impresarios will be an interdisciplinary undertaking in which the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, which he's led since 1993, will present Ludwig van Beethoven in a concert hall, in a museum gallery, in a sound-art installation, on a film festival screen, and in the pages of a book Corey is hastening to finish for publication early next year. His final bow as president and artistic director at the end of the 2013-14 season coincides with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic Society, Orange County's longest-running major classical music organization.
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May 18, 2013 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
When hundreds of federal agents raided four Southern California museums early one January morning in 2008, it set the art world ablaze, suggesting that even amid an international looting scandal, museums had continued to do business with the black market in stolen antiquities. Acting on evidence gathered during a five-year undercover probe, investigators seized more than 10,000 artifacts at the museums and more than half a dozen other locations in California and Illinois. The objects had allegedly been illegally excavated from sites across Southeast Asia, smuggled into Los Angeles and donated to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, the Mingei Museum in San Diego and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, according to search warrant affidavits.
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February 26, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The first touring exhibition of Maurice Sendak's illustrations since his death at 83 last May is making its debut at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It's called "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons," but a more apt title might have been "Where the Wild Cards Are. " The official title alludes to the fact that this is the 50th anniversary of Sendak's landmark children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are. " Sendak designated the Rosenbach...
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October 15, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to fathom that Saddam Hussein inspired a fashion trend. But he did for Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of State under President Clinton. It was after the first Gulf War, after she criticized Hussein during U.S. sanctions against Iraq, that a poem published in the government-controlled Baghdad press referred to her as an "unparalleled serpent. " She wore a golden snake pin to her next meeting with Iraqi officials, and a tradition was born.
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June 13, 2012 | By David Ng
The famous terra cotta warriors of China have grown in numbers, with excavators saying that they have recently unearthed more than 100 clay figures at the site near the city Xi'an in the Shaanxi province. Since the discovery of the site in 1974, archaeologists have unearthed more than 8,000 of the warrior figures, many of which are life-size. The site was near the mausoleum of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and dates from the 3rd century B.C. The area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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November 10, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Some travel-related discounts and activities in honor of Veterans Day on Friday: Mountain High , Bear Mountain and Snow Summit all offer free lift tickets to military members, active and retired. Skiers are advised to dress warmly as another winter storm is approaching. . . . Of the theme parks, Knott's  offers the best deal: two free passes for military personnel, in a promotion that runs till Thanksgiving. Disney offers discounts to military personnel all year long.
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October 31, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Two classics from literature's horror hall of fame and one lesser-known tale of the supernatural marked the Bowers Museum's initial, cautious foray into live professional theater. The Santa Ana institution's first commissioned work: "Things That Go Bump in the Night," a pre-Halloween, two-day run featuring a trio of chillers -- Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W.
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September 20, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
The Bowers Museum, which drew visitors from around the world to its recent display of art from China's Forbidden City, is selling advance tickets to its next major exhibit, "Egyptian Treasure From the British Museum." Tickets for nonmembers are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $11 for children, with group discounts available. Members of the Santa Ana museum receive two free tickets. * E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.
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June 22, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Take a walk with genius, and there's no telling where you might end up. One day in 1953, Joe Price found himself strolling Manhattan's East Side with Frank Lloyd Wright, escorting the great architect to his pied à terre at the Plaza Hotel following a visit to the site where Wright hoped to plant his Guggenheim Museum. Suddenly, Wright got a hankering to look at Japanese woodblock prints (he avidly collected them for most of his life, and Japan is the only country outside of North America where he worked)
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June 17, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Zahi Hawass, the best friend an ancient despot ever had, came to Southern California this week with a message for Americans who've been watching the land of the Pharaohs with amazement and concern: Post-revolutionary Egypt is safe, secure and tourist-friendly — so come on down! The famously telegenic Egyptian antiquities minister rose to prominence during the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak and had rough going during and after the 18 days of people-power protests that led to Mubarak's resignation four months ago, ending his 30 years of police-state rule.
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