December 12, 2012 |
"Three Weeks in May," the famous 1977 work by artist-activist Suzanne Lacy that mapped rape cases across Southern California, will now have a permanent home at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The Hammer said Wednesday it has acquired the piece, which Lacy created with artist Leslie Labowitz over a three-week period in 1977 near L.A.'s City Hall. The museum said the piece was purchased through its acquisition fund. Lacy created "Three Weeks in May" to raise awareness of rape cases.
October 7, 2012 |
A veritable A-list of artists, actors, fashion designers and business leaders streamed into the Hammer Museum in Westwood Saturday to celebrate artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, raising a record $2 million for the museum's exhibitions and programs. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and actor/author/musician Steve Martin delivered the night's tributes. As if their talks weren't entertaining enough, the finale came courtesy of Katy Perry, who has a busy week in store with performances planned at Sunday's fundraiser for President Obama and at Thursday's amfAR Inspiration Gala.
September 29, 2012 |
Every Thursday at lunchtime at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, several dozen people turn off their cellphones and take seats in the bright pink chairs of the Billy Wilder Theater. They come to spend half an hour with Diana Winston, a former Buddhist nun and one of the nation's best-known teachers of mindfulness meditation. The lights go down, and Winston takes a seat in an office chair and speaks quietly into a microphone. Occasionally she is accompanied by Michael Perricone playing about 20 Tibetan bells, the haunting, wave-like sounds enhancing her voice, which is so soothing it's as if she were born to the work.
September 28, 2012 |
There seems to be an unwritten rule that Los Angeles arts organizations can't have an awards ceremony or fundraising gala without a featured pop music star. Katy Perry is poised to sing at the Hammer Museum's annual gala on Oct. 6, and Florence and the Machine will help the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrate at its Art + Film Gala on Oct. 27. Now add Moby and Tom Morello to the list. Morello, who stoked the left wing political broadsides of the rock band Rage Against the Machine with his innovative electric guitar playing, will be both an honoree and the entertainment for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics' annual party and silent auction Oct. 21 at Professional Musicians Local 47 in Hollywood.
September 28, 2012 |
Gustave Moreau's painting of Salomé dancing before Herod is one of those rare episodes in narrative art when subject, style and material come together so seamlessly that two things happen: A viewer is transfixed and a moment in time is crystallized. The extravagant 1876 canvas, which took the artist seven years to complete, is one of the stars of the UCLA Hammer Museum's small permanent collection of Old Master and 19th century paintings and sculptures. Now it is the subject of a modest but absorbing show there - a deep dive into a singular masterpiece.
September 21, 2012
Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker are officially set to get all hot and bothered in the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " The actors will play Maggie and Brick in a new production that is expected to open Jan. 17 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The revival, which begins previews in December, marks Johansson's return to the stage following her Tony-winning performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge.
September 21, 2012 |
Hollywood would call it a franchise: The Getty has trademarked the name Pacific Standard Time to build on that brand going forward with different projects. Getty President James Cuno says they are organizing a sequel to Pacific Standard Time that will likely take place in five or six years with art of the Pacific Rim under discussion as a possible theme. But he said the subject has not been finalized: "We don't want to search for a topic and impose that on a group, but we want to go to core museums and say, 'What is the next project we should be considering?
September 19, 2012 |
Museum galas are reliably glitzy affairs, complete with A-list celebrities wearing red-carpet fashion -- all for a good cause, of course. This year, the Hammer Museum will boast the likes of Katy Perry, Armie Hammer, Steve Martin and MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow at its 10th annual fundraising gala set for Oct. 6. The Hammer said this year's gala celebration will honor artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Hammer, the actor who appeared in "The Social Network" in the dual role of the Winklevoss twins, is co-chairing the gala with his wife, Elizabeth.
September 11, 2012 |
At the Zocalo panel on Friday with L.A. museum directors Timothy Potts, Ann Philbin and Michael Govan, MOCA's finances were one (brief) topic of conversation. Personal finances were another: at the end of the panel, an audience member asked a question about making the museums more affordable or free. Each director had a different take. (Their answers appear about 55 minutes into the video now online at zocalopublicsquare.org , which also ran a recap of the full panel here .)
September 4, 2012 |
Tuesday is Timothy Potts' first day on the job as the new director of the Getty Museum , a post that went vacant for nearly two years. Friday he will make his first public appearance, joining LACMA director Michael Govan and Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin for a panel on the changing shape of L.A.'s art museums. The panel will take place downtown in Grand Park at 6 p.m. as part of Zócalo's “town square”-style conversations. Up for discussion: the state of cultural philanthropy in L.A., the challenges of engaging local audiences, and next steps for the museums, each of which has grown significantly - and faced serious growing pains - in the last 10 years.