CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 |
Cecil Fergerson, an art curator and activist who advocated for minority artists, got his first job right out of high school in a major museum. As a janitor. That was just about the only work available to African Americans in 1948 at the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art. By the time the Los Angeles County Museum of Art had broken off as a separate entity in the early 1960s, he had fought his way up to the position of museum helper. He co-founded the influential Black Arts Council, and when he left the museum in 1985 it was as a curatorial assistant.
September 16, 2013 |
Move over, Airbnb. A new competitor in the rent-your-home-to-vacationers business is launching in Los Angeles with the aim of giving visitors the feel of living like a local - or at least a local with money. The London service, Onefinestay, is focusing on popular neighborhoods and niceties such as fresh linens and snacks from trendy restaurants. Along with a nicely appointed pad, starting at $250 a night, travelers also get use of a iPhone loaded with insider info on things to do and places to eat. With its debut Monday in L.A., Onefinestay joins the emerging "sharing economy," in which technology-driven businesses, including Lyft and TaskRabbit, tout rides and expertise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 |
Michael McManus, the former chief curator for the Laguna Art Museum and organizer of a major scholarly overview of California Impressionism, has died. He was 60. McManus, who had a heart condition, died Aug. 10 at his home in Seal Beach, said Mike Stice, a spokesman for Laguna College of Art and Design. Known for his quirky mannerisms and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art and regionalist movements, McManus was a popular faculty member at Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California)
August 28, 2013 |
In an interesting twist for those watching the empty chair in the director's office at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam director Ann Goldstein has resigned from that position. Goldstein has been identified as a possible successor to departing MOCA director Jeffery Deitch. Goldstein, who was senior curator at MOCA before she left to direct the Stedelijk, will leave the Amsterdam museum's top job Dec. 1. She has been director since January 2010. Goldstein led the Stedelijk through the final years of a massive renovation -- altogether it had been closed for nine years.
August 22, 2013 |
Reality TV is experiencing something of a "Mad Men" moment, with bandannas and iced tea in place of fedoras and highballs. Last week, the Season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty" drew nearly 12 million viewers, making A&E's celebration of backwoods Alabama the No. 1 "nonfiction" show on cable and the No. 1 show of the week. Suddenly people who wouldn't know a Louisiana cedar if their Prius ran into it were chattering about the Robertsons, an extended clan of duck-call magnates who have been entertaining an increasing percentage of the population with their family-centric, redneck 'n' proud high jinks.
May 25, 2013 |
We hear it from the owners of A. Quincy Jones houses all the time: "The house just feels good. " In organizing and designing "A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living," the new exhibition on one of L.A.'s beloved residential architects, the Hammer Museum wanted to convey that idea -- how Jones was a master at shaping space, turning architecture into an experience and making a space "just feel good. " But how? How to convince museum-goers when you can't move a house into the Hammer?