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May 14, 1995 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
The Craft and Folk Art Museum is back. After six years of planning, renovating and expanding, the museum will reopen today in a $5.5-million facility on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Curson Avenue. The event marks the end of a long spell of shattered hopes and low visibility--punctuated by plans to build a tower that were dropped in 1992 for lack of funding, more than three years of camping out at the nearby May Co. and an additional 2 1/2 years of survival amid construction.
After four years of moving and waiting, planning and revising, the Craft and Folk Art Museum is set to expand its facility by joining two buildings on Wilshire Boulevard, tripling its space for exhibitions and programs. "We have previously been able to only show exhibits in a sequential format," explained Patrick Ela, executive director of the museum.
The Craft and Folk Art Museum, a 34-year-old private institution that closed under financial duress at the end of 1997, will reopen Feb. 11 under the administration of the city of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. The partnership will revive the museum, but on a significantly reduced scale. The annual operating budget of the museum will drop from $1.
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)
July 18, 2010
When Aaron Kramer was a boy, he would ride his bike through the streets of his Chicago neighborhood on the evening before trash pickup, trawling for interesting discards. "Thursday night was my gold mine night as a kid," he recalls. Settled in Santa Monica for the last dozen years, Kramer, 46, still keeps an eye out for underappreciated treasures, such as the wooden brooms he noticed poking out of garbage cans, their handles worn from repeated use. Whenever he saw one, he'd throw it in the back of his van, and after a while, he'd collected enough to create a headboard out of them.
August 23, 1998 | MaLin Wilson, MaLin Wilson is an art writer based in Santa Fe
In the little city of Santa Fe, a city of many museums, the Museum of International Folk Art has always been both at the top of the hill and considered top of the heap. Since it opened in 1953, the building has spread across a ridge and grown to accommodate the huge Girard Foundation Collection of 106,000 objects in 1979 and the Hispanic Heritage Wing in 1995.
March 2, 1997 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
An ominous sign hangs on a Wilshire Boulevard building occupied by the Craft and Folk Art Museum: "Available 11,000 sf. + parking lot." The museum is not folding up. CAFAM owns its main building next door to the leased annex, plus a nearby duplex and cottage. But the real estate sign is a sad symbol of problems facing the venerable institution as it struggles to revitalize itself.
November 7, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng / Special to the Los Angeles Times
High and low culture, the sacred and the profane, the esoteric and the pop collide in the works of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, brothers who have collaborated closely as artists for 20 years. Although they started working in glass, shaping figurative work that often borrowed themes from their Mexican roots, they have moved toward larger sculpture and installation work, several of which anchor their retrospective, "Borderlandia: Cultural Topography by Einar and Jamex de la Torre" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
October 23, 1992
Everyone at the Craft and Folk Art Museum enjoyed the Oct. 7 article "Unmasking the Hurt," which conveyed an honest portrayal of Angel's Flight Shelter. However, the article mistitled Teri Knoll as the director of the museum. Knoll is the director of the International Festival of Masks; Patrick H. Ela is executive director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Also, the time and location of the festival were not mentioned. The International Festival of Masks will be held in Hancock Park at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Curson Avenue from 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdayand Sunday.
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