April 11, 2013 |
The life and career of Jenni Rivera, the bestselling banda and norteña singer and multi-platforming media personality who was killed last December in a plane crash, will be explored in the exhibition "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora," opening May 12 at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. The exhibition will examine Rivera's legacy as the “Diva of Banda” who sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Rivera also starred in her own reality TV series, "I Love Jenni," on mun2, Telemundo's bilingual, bicultural cable network.
April 10, 2013 |
There are at least three great reasons to see "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," the newly opened antiquities exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. A major sculpture anchors each of the show's three rooms, and together they tell an accelerating story of artistic and social power on the ancient Mediterranean island. Chronologically, the first is a straightforward male torso, his finely chiseled marble body quietly brimming with latent energy. Second comes a preening charioteer, physically just larger than life but expressively very much so. And third is a depiction of a minor god with major fertility on his mind, his powerful physicality an embodiment of the contortions of carnal lust, both corporeal and psychological.
April 9, 2013 |
The alliance between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan was one of the most enduring political friendships of the past 50 years. The former British prime minister and the decades-long relationship between the two families are the subject of a new exhibition that the Reagan Library and Museum will present starting Tuesday at its location in Simi Valley. A spokeswoman for the organization said the small exhibition will include photographs as well as an assortment of Thatcher-related objects, including a portrait painting by artist Richard Stone, and various gifts exchanged by the Thatcher and Reagan families.
April 8, 2013 |
It's difficult to imagine a more delicate curatorial task than the one Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago faced in putting together "A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979. " The exhibition, running through July 7 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is the first show to open as part of the Getty-funded series "Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. " The specific focus of "Heretics" is a series of exhibitions and lectures that young architects connected to SCI-Arc organized in fall 1979, when the school, now downtown, was based in Santa Monica.
April 7, 2013 |
Long before Ernest Cole became one of South Africa's first black photojournalists, he had dreams of becoming a doctor, a bold aspiration for a young man coming of age during apartheid rule in the 1950s and 1960s. In an unpublished biography from late 1966 Cole wrote that it was a Baldafix folding camera in a drugstore window that caught his attention and set him on another path. A family friend lent him a twin lens reflex camera and he quickly began making money taking snapshots.
April 6, 2013 |
Mexican art and Mexican American art often have treated each other more like strangers or distant cousins than like the fraternal twins they really are. In the United States, apart from in California and the Southwest, many museums and art professionals until relatively recently tended to isolate or ignore Mexico's contributions to global movements such as Modernism or Conceptual and performance art. Similarly, in Mexico, U.S. Chicano art of...
April 6, 2013 |
Car fans -- especially those interested in pre-World War II French icons -- have a little more time to enjoy some ultra-rare classics in Southern California. The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has announced it is extending through June an exhibit of Voisin automobiles and motorcycles. The exhibit was previously scheduled to close in April. "The success the Voisin exhibit experienced over the past six months has been amazing," Peter Mullin, owner of the museum, said in a statement. “It is with great personal pride that we continue to recognize and showcase such a design visionary and aviation pioneer.
March 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It is rare for a museum to lend the heart of its most prized collection to another museum, but the Albertina in Vienna has done just that by shipping almost a hundred watercolors and drawings by Albrecht Dürer to the National Gallery of Art here for an exhibition. Dürer, a German born in Nuremberg in 1471, is the great master of the Northern European Renaissance, akin to Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo of the Italian Renaissance. Dürer's greatness, according to Andrew Robison of the National Gallery, curator of the show, is based on his watercolors, drawings and prints, just as Da Vinci and Raphael are identified with painting and Michelangelo with sculpture.
March 31, 2013 |
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one has inspired many more, because it has become a departure point for how Europeans became acquainted with Asia. When the Getty acquired an 17th century drawing by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, "Man in Korean Costume," at a 1983 auction, it was already well known among the cognoscenti. Then six years ago Getty curator Stephanie Schrader learned that it had inspired two books in Korea - a bestselling novel in 1993 and a nonfiction volume by a Jesuit historian in 2004.
March 30, 2013 |
A Confederate flag that was briefly displayed inside the old North Carolina State Capitol building is coming down and will be moved along with an exhibit on the Civil War to another site. The flag had been hanging for about a week before the Associated Press published a story about its display inside the building, which houses the governor's offices. In a statement provided by the governor's office, Susan Kluttz, the head of the state Cultural Resources office said the intent of the exhibit was to represent the Capitol the way it was in 1863.