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.
September 2, 2012
What would have been John Cage's 100th birthday on Wednesday is being celebrated around the globe throughout the year. Here's a selective listing: Full story | Timeline | Music | Inspiration | Critic's Notebook West Coast John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, Sept. 4-Dec. 16 Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Ore., Sept. 5-Nov. 17 Cage 100 Festival in Santa Monica, Jacaranda, various locations, Sept.
August 16, 2012 |
The votes are in: Meleko Mokgosi, a 30-year-old painter who was born and raised in Botswana and is now based in Los Angeles, has become the first recipient of the Hammer Museum's Mohn Award, given for outstanding artwork in the museum's “Made in L.A.” biennial. Chosen through an unusual combination of jury selection and popular vote, Mokgosi will receive a book about his work and $100,000 split over two years - one of the largest prizes for visual artists anywhere. Museum director Ann Philbin praised Mokgosi's work, a 10-canvas series that wraps around three walls inside the museum, as a powerful combination of “beautiful and brutal” at once.
July 15, 2012 |
This weekend the Venice Beach boardwalk has a new sort of freak show: a display of assorted terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman (seen here in prison stripes) made by artist Cara Faye Earl. Based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "most wanted" list, these sculptures are lifelike but not lifesize, barely knee-high. They are up this weekend only as part of the Venice Beach Biennial, an event designed by Hammer Museum curator Ali Subotnick to bring dozens of boardwalk artists together with more mainstream types.
June 28, 2012 |
A jury set up to review the work of 60 artists in the Hammer Museum's “Made in L.A.” biennial, produced this year with LAX Art, has selected five finalists for a new $100,000 prize. The artists up for the Mohn Award are: Simone Forti, Liz Glynn, Meleko Mokgosi, Erika Vogt and Slanguage (the husband-and-wife team consisting of Mario Ybarra Jr and Karla Diaz). Anyone who watches "American Idol" knows the process: Judges choose the pool of candidates and viewers choose the winner.
June 24, 2012
11th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum and Westwood Library When: Thursday through Saturday Tickets: Free Information: Complete schedule at http://www.dancecamerawest.org
May 31, 2012
Made in L.A. is a biennial survey of the absolute best in local art from a variety of media. Hosted by the Hammer Museum, it's a compendium of work from rising artists' early careers, and aside from being an excellent show, it puts the imprimatur of one of L.A.'s best-regarded institutions behind the artists as they reach wider audiences. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. madeinla2012.org.
May 29, 2012 |
The Hammer Museum will be changing its daily hours of operation, keeping its doors open one hour later on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while cutting back on Thursdays and Saturdays. The new hours will be permanent and are scheduled to take effect starting Saturday, which is the opening day of its inaugural biennial, "Made in L.A. 2012. " General admission will remain the same at $10. The Hammer is free for all visitors on Thursdays. The museum's new hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
May 25, 2012 |
Until this year, Vishal Jugdeo's videos were dramatically low-budget affairs. The artist had a crew of two, counting himself and a director of photography and not counting actors whom he occasionally asked to hold a boom pole. He used his small studio in Highland Park as a stage set. The bare-bones feel fed some of his central themes, like the wooden language of what passes for emotional intimacy and the artifices of mainstream TV, exposed through absurdly halting dialogue and deliberately mechanical acting.