October 3, 2011 |
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, so did whales. A food shortage on land drove their ancestors into the ocean where whales ultimately evolved into marine mammals. Those are among the facts I learned when I visited Whales: Giants of the Deep at the Field Museum of History. It explores the evolution, diversity and mythology about whales from the scientific, Pacific Islander and Maori perspectives. Among other cool facts: A whale's tongue can weigh more than an elephant.
September 8, 2011
Following on his acclaimed series "Outland" and "Shadow Chamber," Johannesburg, South Africa-based artist Roger Ballen presents a series of recent black and white photographs, "Boarding House," published in book form by Phaidon, and now on view at Fahey/Klein Gallery. The work straddles the line between documentary and art, depicting a dreamlike, transitory space full of people, animals and odd objects making for psychologically charged surroundings. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. Opens Thu. Through Oct. 15. Free.
November 10, 2011
Though the underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger operates well outside the mainstream, his cult films such as "Fireworks" and "Scorpio Rising" have influenced scores of filmmakers, musicians and other artists. Anger's work is the focus of the new exhibition "Kenneth Anger: Icons," opening Sunday, which explores his Magick Lantern film cycle and includes archival material and memorabilia. MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. (213) 626-6222. http://www.moca.org.
November 15, 2012
Explore the work of the legendary post-Abstract Expressionist and minimalist Jasper Johns in an exhibition at Leslie Sacks Contemporary. A variety of Johns' cutting-edge work will be on display, including several of his iconic flag and number paintings. Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B6, Santa Monica. Sat. to Jan. 5. Free. Gallery hours vary. (310) 264-0640; http://www.lscontemporary.com.
November 3, 2011
For "Desire in Pursuyt of the Whole" — Raymond Pettibon's ninth solo exhibition at Regen Projects — the artist reaches into the cultural grab bag for imagery that offers plenty in the way of pop subtext, political baggage, art/kitsch tension and an off-kilter sense of humor. This heady mix, colliding with phrases and text snippets culled from a variety of sources, makes for enigmatic and pleasantly sensory-overloading works. Regen Projects, 633 N. Almont Drive, L.A. Opening reception, Fri. 6-8 p.m. Free.
March 27, 2014 |
“Play Ball!” is echoing through a Philadelphia museum in a new exhibit about minorities in Major League Baseball that opens just as the 2014 season begins to unfold. “ Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American ” is the name of the just-opened exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History that chronicles the significant roles that Jews and members of other minority groups played -- and continue to play -- in America's favorite pastime. The museum shares with visitors how some of the game's biggest names on and off the field had to overcome adversity and prejudice.
June 3, 2010 |
In the dusty clutter of yard and estate sales, the lost heroes of Jewish American song and comedy are waiting to be reclaimed and celebrated in all their kitschy splendor. And they can't help but wonder: What's taking you so long? There's vaudeville comedienne Mae Questel, who supplied the voice of Betty Boop, and her loud-mouthed 1969 record, "Mrs. Portnoy's Retort." (Take that, Philip Roth.) On the cutting edge of liturgical singing, there's Sol Zim, who calls himself the Tom Jones of cantors.
September 22, 2011
Part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the exhibition "The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985" presents works spanning more than 25 years of the acclaimed woodworker's career, as he emerged as the front runner of the American studio furniture movement. This major survey includes 30 Maloof pieces in addition to 80 works by his friends and colleagues, among them Millard Sheets, Karl Benjamin, Otto and Gertrud Natzler and Kay Sekimachi. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.
February 22, 2013 |
The Japanese American soldiers who fought valiantly in World War II, even as many of their relatives were held in internment camps, will be remembered in an exhibition at Honolulu's Bishop Museum . “American Heroes: Japanese-American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal ” will be on display March 9-April 14. At the core of the exhibit, curated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History , is the actual...
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design will feature an unusual exhibit Saturday: Chajana denHarder sleeping, or attempting to sleep, all day. The exhibit, named "Sleep," is part of a series of performances, exhibitions and installations organized by the gallery and Washington Project for the Arts on a glass bridge above the entrance to the museum across from the White House. The artist will be on the bridge for seven hours without food, drink, blanket or pillow.