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August 15, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
Diana du Pont, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, has resigned to pursue other opportunities in curatorial work, writing and teaching. During her 15-year tenure, Du Pont expanded and reorganized the museum's collections of European, American and Latin American art.
April 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Nine o'clock on a Saturday morning might seem a tad early for an art opening, but this one, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is particularly spirited. About 200 people -- trustees, patrons, museum curators and others, some of whom have flown in from Dallas and New York for the event -- stream into the lobby of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion, where a range of works have been staged across three galleries. At one end, a dapper man in a plaid sports jacket inspects an 18 th century painting by Antonio de Torres, “Virgin of Guadalupe,” with a magnifying glass (plucked from a bowl of them at the exhibit entrance)
February 1, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is rolling out an art Hot 100 of sorts - website videos starring 100 of the New York City museum's curators, each of whom discusses a single work from the museum's collection “that changed the way they view the world.” “Starring” may not be quite the word as regards the curators, judging from the first six 2-1/2 to 3-minute videos posted on a web page dubbed “82 nd & Fifth,” after the museum's location....
April 26, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
To Julien Frydman, a new exhibition of decades-old Los Angeles Police Department crime scene photos is not so much a collection of facts in black and white but rather one big ambiguous storm of gray, a trove of stories where truth isn't a neat circle but rather a shape-shifting cloud open to interpretation. Co-curated by Frydman with Robin Blackman and Merrick Morton of L.A.-based fototeka, "Unedited! The LAPD Photo Archives" includes more than 80 forensic images taken from the 1920s to 1960s, culled from more than 1 million pictures archived at the City Records Center downtown.
February 18, 1990
Lisa M. Morrow of Pasadena is among the student curators of "Roman Portraiture: Images of Character and Virtue," which will be at USC Fisher Gallery March 28 to April 20. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The student curators have researched 14 Roman portraits in marble, which are on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu.
December 25, 2012 | By Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - Travelers often race through airports with barely enough time to check luggage, but the busiest airport in the world invites them to check out something altogether different. "Mammatus," the latest art installation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is inspired by mammatocumulus clouds that form in severe storms, swelling into smooth round puffs the artist likens to a woman's breasts. Christopher Moulder, an Atlanta-based sculptor, said there was no message to his abstract piece, fashioned out of a metal bead chain into a pendulous ceiling fixture that changes color according to date and time.
M.A. Greenstein, curator of education at the Laguna Art Museum since January, 1991, has resigned to concentrate on her teaching and writing. The museum is seeking a replacement for the full-time position. Laguna Art Museum Director Charles Desmarais praised Greenstein's energy and commitment to her job. "She did it marvelously well. The next person who does her job will have a tall order to fill."
May 25, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It was a knotty problem that many curators face at some point in their careers: making sure a three-artist exhibition doesn't look like three completely distinct shows in one space. "We need to find a way to connect the artwork; it should flow from one wall to another," said one curator, who wore disposable blue gloves as she carefully held up a painting. "What if we use these images of trees side by side, so the green works as a transition?" asked another, moving an artwork closer to a corner.
Philip Conisbee, curator of European paintings and sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and one of the most esteemed members of its curatorial staff, has been appointed curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The Laguna Art Museum has named M.A. Greenstein as its new curator of education, effective Jan. 21. She replaces Diane Sherman, who resigned last July to pursue personal projects. Greenstein, who teaches a course in performance art at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, previously was curatorial assistant to the director of the college's Wignall Museum Gallery, said Laguna Museum Director Charles Desmarais.
March 22, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dorothy's pinafore and ruby red slippers, Darth Vader's helmet and cape and Austin Powers' blue velvet suit are just a few of the treasures on display in "Hollywood Costume," the monumental exhibition celebrating 100 years of costume in the movies opening Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, its only stop in the West. Originally organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where it had a sold-out run in 2012-13, the exhibition is curated by Deborah Landis, the David C. Copley chair and the director of the David C. Copley Center of Costume Design at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.
February 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Got discerning taste? Interested in digging in the digital crates for the best music available in the cloud? Then you've no doubt been targeted by Beats Music in the past few months. The much-hyped streaming service is the latest entry in an increasingly crowded field that includes Spotify and iTunes. It offers access to millions of songs and hundreds of hand-selected playlists for $9.99 a month (or, for ATT customers, $14.99 for a family plan). It was unveiled last month during a big budget rollout by longtime music business executives and hitmakers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine through their company, Beats Electronics.
January 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Muchnic
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
December 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
December 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
November 22, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
A one-off capsule collection of vintage apparel and accessories curated by Decades co-owner Cameron Silver -- with the Tommy Hilfiger aesthetic in mind -- made its debut at the latter's West Hollywood flagship store Thursday. Dubbed the Cameron Silver Vintage Capsule Collection for Tommy Hilfiger, it consists of an assortment of vintage dresses, men's and women's tops, blazers, bottoms, outerwear, head wear, bow ties and handbags that are mostly in the $200 to $500 range and a few gowns priced in the $1,500 to $2,500 range.
January 30, 1993 | CATHY CURTIS
Margaret Ann Maynard has been named curator of education at the Laguna Art Museum, replacing M.A. Greenstein, who resigned in August. She will oversee museum outreach and education programs for children and adults. Maynard, who will join the staff Feb. 15, has been doing museum education research for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the past year. From 1986 to 1991, she served as assistant curator of education at the Phoenix (Ariz.
Cecil Fergerson remembers his "big need" to take what he had learned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art into Watts after the flames had died and the embers cooled in 1965. "I was raised in Watts, but I had been gone something like 17 years," Fergerson recalled, sitting in the studio behind his home in the Pico-Fairfax area. Chuckling, he said some in the community "called me Oreo. They said I worked on the plantation." But he said he "wasn't about to be run away."
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.
October 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is a distinctive intimacy to a handwritten letter between friends. You can feel the emotion behind the stroke of the pen, layers of meaning in the choice of a word. Put the letter writers in a room together and there is both comfort and disquiet, as if the other knows, perhaps, too much. "Shepard & Dark," a candid new documentary, captures that dichotomy as it riffles through the long correspondence and relationship between playwright-actor Sam Shepard and his close friend, Johnny Dark, a man of odd-jobs, intelligence and the kind of curated obscurity of someone fascinated by, but not envious of, the fame.
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