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March 28, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Though it is called Global Bazaar @ CAFAM, the Craft and Folk Art Museum's sale next Friday and April 4 boasts plenty of local talent. Vendors of handmade, fair-trade goods include Pasadena and Westwood ceramists, Marina del Rey glassblower Liz Marx and Venice recycling artist Aaron Kramer, who weaves coffee stirrers into lighting globes. Kramer will also display "Boats," shown here, a sculptural wall installation composed of 33 easy-to-mount wooden vessels forged from thrift-shop salad bowls.
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June 6, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Knitting has many purposes, from functional to fanciful. A sweater for the dog. A tea cozy for the pot. A facade for the Craft and Folk Art Museum. “CAFAM Granny Squared” is a wonderfully weird public art project in which the brick museum across from the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard has been temporarily covered with thousands of small, colorful squares of crocheted yarn. The architectural packaging is sort of like Christo wrapping a building, albeit with an old-fashioned homemade effort substituting for the modern engineering imperatives of heavy industry.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2010
Maryna Hrushetska, who has served as the director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles for nearly six years, will be stepping down from her role effective Dec. 30, the museum said Monday. Hrushetska joined the museum in March 2005 in the midst of a difficult time for the institution, which had gone through five directors in eight years. During her tenure, she helped to stabilize the organization, overseeing 37 exhibitions and helping increase attendance by 67%, with a 38% increase in revenue, the museum said.
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May 24, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When the group Yarn Bombing Los Angeles extended an open call for granny squares in November, the group was hoping to collect enough of the traditional crocheted pieces to cover the facade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.  After The Times reported on the plans and word spread, the collective was bombarded with an astonishing 15,000 granny squares from 50 states and 25 countries. "We couldn't be more surprised or happy with the outcome," said the project's organizer, Arzu Arda Kosar.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2004 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Through a series of landmark exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s, Eudorah Moore blurred the boundaries between art, design and craft - and helped introduce the concept of California design to the wider world. In choosing to present fine wood furniture and pottery alongside such surprising pieces as a bus stop bench or jewelry that functioned as body sculpture, she championed a message of mixed-media inclusiveness. As she cast her eye outdoors, Moore helped cement the notion of design as lifestyle by highlighting the region's fascination with recreation by displaying such items as a canoe, skateboards or a portable cabana.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jori Finkel and Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art under director Michael Govan proposed taking over L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, the art world rallied against it before MOCA turned it down. But reaction has been different to this week's news that LACMA has made another offer, this one at the behest of some MOCA leaders. One reason for the zeitgeist shift is the popularity of Govan, who has overseen an ambitious expansion of the LACMA campus and its art collection since his arrival in 2006.
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June 1, 2012 | By David Davis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over the past 25 years, super collector Gary Cypres has amassed so much sports memorabilia that he opened an eponymous, 30,000-square-foot museum in downtown Los Angeles. The breadth of his collection - from 18th century tennis rackets to 21st century sports-movie posters - sets Cypres apart from one-sport or one-era specialists. The national pastime is Cypres' passion, and the Bronx-born businessman has curated a new exhibit of hardball holdings titled "Baseball: The All-American Game" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
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February 19, 2012 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Remember perestroika? It's back — in an exhibition of political poster art. "Deconstructing Perestroika: Soviet Ideology and its Discontents," at the Craft and Folk Art Museum through May 6, offers 24 original versions of posters neatly lined up on walls. But the hard-hitting images are unruly blasts from the Soviet past. Mostly made from 1987 to 1991, they reflect the period when Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policies of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring)
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February 5, 2012 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In his native Argentina, Máximo González studied the usual prerequisites for an art degree — drawing and painting — but he didn't find his true métier until he delved into other people's garbage. It began in 1991 when he found pieces of wood from a house about to be torn down, He made wall sculptures from them. Then in 1992 he found a tin box full of old coins on the street. He made an installation with them. "I found money in the garbage," the artist says, his mischievous blue eyes dancing behind oversized glasses.
NEWS
September 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Museum Day 2011 on Sept. 24 means free admission to places such as Storm King Art Center north of New York City and Frank Lloyd Wright's home near Chicago. It's a good excuse to plan a weekend getaway and drop in on a museum you've never visited. The deal: Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 is offered at selected museums around the country. Check out the list at the website and make plans, whether you stay close to home or are on the road. Fill out the ticket request form online to score the freebie.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1992 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
The Craft and Folk Art Museum, which has been housed at the May Co. on Wilshire Boulevard since 1989, is looking for a temporary home--again. The landmark emporium is scheduled to close at the end of January in the wake of a recently announced merger of May Co. and Robinson's department stores. May Co. will help relocate the museum while it continues a fund-raising campaign for a permanent building, according to Jim Waterson, May Co.'s vice president of public relations.
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November 12, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN
The Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum, displaced from its Miracle Mile home earlier this year, will open its doors to the public again on Nov. 22. The museum's temporary home will be on the fourth floor of the May Co. building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in a 9,000-square-foot space designed by architect Charles Moore and donated rent-free by the department store.
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September 14, 2011
18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 453-3711, 18thstreet.org A + D Architecture and Design Museum 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 932-9393, http://www.aplusd.org American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 399 North Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767 (909) 865-3146, http://www.amoca.org Armory Center for the Arts 145 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 (626)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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