June 19, 2011 |
Two shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (through Sept. 11) demonstrate how artists can work their magic to make unconventional materials impressive and expressive. Walking into Jennifer Angus' installation "All Creatures Great and Small" is a bit startling, as one realizes the wee components of her work. Insects. About 5,000 of them, pinned to the wall in patterns and posing in display cases. They're in glorious jewel-like colors and obsidian sheens, in the shapes of leaves and in shapes not seen in nature.
June 27, 2001
"Containers of Ideas," an exhibition of three-dimensional art made by Los Angeles high school and middle school students, is on view at the Craft and Folk Art Museum through Sunday. The artworks, which represent the students and various aspects of their communities, were created as part of the annual FACES (Folk Art as Community Expressions) program sponsored by Neutrogena Corp. The museum, at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: (323) 937-4230.
February 10, 2004 |
After less than a year in the job, Peter Tokofsky, executive director of the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, has been forced to resign, prompting an exodus of board members. "It was a controversial decision, but the majority ... voted to make the change," said Frank Wyle, chairman of the board. Describing Tokofsky's departure as a result of "differences we couldn't resolve," museum treasurer Wally Marks III said. "It wasn't a perfect match."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1997
As the founder and former director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, I feel it is important to clarify the reasons for our announced closure (Dec. 6). The museum originally vacated its premises in the late 1980s, rather than undertake required earthquake-related upgrades that would have totaled several hundred thousand dollars. We had plans to build a high-rise on that spot and were offered a temporary home at the Wilshire May Co. Unfortunately, the real estate market plummeted during the late 1980s.
January 24, 2010
For Robert M. Place, Tarot scholar and illustrator, the main function of the Tarot is not fortunetelling -- instead, a reading can yield self-knowledge valuable for dealing with the future. "When we're using the cards," he says, "we're allowing our unconscious to communicate with us -- perhaps you would say a higher self." The cards also represent an artistic tradition, and the show he's curated for the Craft and Folk Art Museum, "The Fool's Journey: The History and Symbolism of the Tarot" (opening today)
December 23, 2001
The Museum of American Folk Art in New York earlier this month changed its name to the American Folk Art Museum and moved into new quarters about 10 blocks away from its old home--and four times as large. The $22-million, eight-level building at 45 W. 53rd St. will let the museum display more of its roughly 4,000 objects, culled from traditional folk art of the 18th and 19th centuries through works by self-taught contemporary artists.