September 4, 2008 |
The tidbit of good news for Southern California museum aficionados is that Smithsonian magazine again is staking the public to an annual Museum Day freebie: a gratis general admission Sept. 27 to a participating area museum. Among the 27 on the magazine's list for the region are some that are free anyway (Getty Museum, Fowler Museum, California Science Center). But you can save real money at, among others, L.A.'s Skirball Cultural Center, Craft and Folk Art Museum and Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
August 30, 2008 |
Josh Dorman's show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum opens with a warning, but not the usual sober sign you see at the entrance to certain exhibitions, aiming to shelter the unprepared from "inappropriate" content. The notice, painted in sprightly letters on a plum-colored wall, alerts visitors that viewing Dorman's collaged paintings may cause them to experience instability or dislocation. They might lose track of scale, gravity, time. "While clear answers may or may not reveal themselves," the wall text declares, "the loose logic of a dream state will surely reveal much truth."
April 9, 2007 |
His studios were California mental wards, his canvas bits of paper assembled from trash bins and his pigments melted crayons. Self-taught draftsman Martin Ramirez dealt with schizophrenia and estrangement from his family in Mexico with an outpouring of hypnotic drawings and collages.
September 25, 2006 |
Masks and marionettes, textiles and ceramics from Africa, Asia and the Pacific at the UCLA Fowler Museum. Yosemite, through the eyes of Native American weavers, landscape artists and photographers at the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West. A legacy of ancient embroidery techniques as a visual narrative of Palestinian history at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
February 15, 2006 |
ARISE, ye seekers of mystic visions and faith-based brushwork, and behold the Highland Park field office of state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg (D-Los Angeles). Here hangs a painting called "The Soul's Progress," showing three hooded figures and a jumble of symbols that include a cross, a crescent, a rainbow and a bull's-eye. Over here, a series of UFOs hover beneath text that's part English, part Romanian.
August 25, 2005 |
FEW materials could be further from most Angelenos' lives than straw -- those yellowy, dried grain stalks associated with farms, barns and livestock. So it's a bit surprising that an exhibition of straw art has become a draw at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, even overshadowing a concurrent retrospective of famed local ceramist Beatrice Wood.
September 19, 2004 |
Art The Bible and the People The transformation of the Bible from a complex religious text to an accessible book is traced in an exhibition of more than 130 Bibles drawn from the Huntington's rare book and manuscript collections. Includes illuminated manuscript Bibles and the first editions of major English translations. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, ends Jan. 5.
HOME & GARDEN
August 12, 2004 |
He's only minutes late for lunch, but Tyrus Wong is too mannerly to let it go by unremarked. He enters Joe's restaurant in Venice just after noon, a natty, miniature figure passing between tables filled with neighborhood hipsters and nobby Westsiders saddled with all the right retail accessories, his arms extended lightly forward, ready to take both my hands in greeting. The 405 from his home in Sunland, oh, you can't imagine, what a terrible mess!