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June 27, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Forget stamps, coins and Beanie Babies. The Fullerton Museum Center's current exhibit, "Gotta Have It Too: Collecting in the Internet Age," revels in how weird it can get out there in the world of the fanatical collector. Hamburger presses, paint-by-number canvases, PEZ candy, memorabilia from L.A.'s original Pig'n Whistle restaurant aren't even the half of it. This cascade of tchotchkes isn't just demented. It's, like, culturally significant.
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June 27, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Forget stamps, coins and Beanie Babies. The Fullerton Museum Center's current exhibit, "Gotta Have It Too: Collecting in the Internet Age," revels in how weird it can get out there in the world of the fanatical collector. Hamburger presses, paint-by-number canvases, PEZ candy, memorabilia from L.A.'s original Pig'n Whistle restaurant aren't even the half of it. This cascade of tchotchkes isn't just demented. It's, like, culturally significant.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN
John Karwin has resigned as administrator of exhibitions at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, citing artistic differences with center trustees who canceled a scheduled exhibit of contemporary photography and substituted a show of paintings and sculptures of cars. "I couldn't support that and pass it off as a real exhibit," said Karwin, who held the job for 14 months.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2003 | Hilary E. MacGregor
For decades, fans said that Forrest Ackerman's collection was unsurpassed, that it should be made into a science-fiction museum, that his vast trove of Hollywood horror memorabilia should be saved for posterity. It's not that nobody tried. For five years, former Mayor Tom Bradley negotiated with Ackerman for the city of Los Angeles to take over his collection and make it into a science-fiction museum. Never happened.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Like the ill-fated fictional medical experiment unleashed on the world by novelist Mary Shelley two centuries ago, John Karwin's Frankenstein collection is out of control. Talking about his preoccupation with the Frankenstein monster, the curator-exhibition specialist for the Fullerton Museum Center sounds like an escapee from a self-help recovery program. "I've been doing OK," he says. "I'm getting good. I'm trying to get rid of stuff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What would life be without television, telephones, computers or cars? Positively Amish. "A Different Form of Modernity: Amish Life Across North America" at the Fullerton Museum Center gives a glimpse of contemporary Amish society through a display of colorful photos, household objects and crafts. As the title of the show indicates, this is a different take on 21st century living. The exhibition illustrates and explains how the Amish live without technology and modern conveniences.
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November 24, 2002 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Science fiction wasn't born in Southern California, but it definitely grew up here. By way of film and television, Hollywood unleashed pulp fiction's time travelers, triffids and tentacled mutants on the three-dimensional universe and took pop culture to the outer limit. That proud heritage is being celebrated in "Barsoom to Blade Runner: Science Fiction in Southern California," on display at the Fullerton Museum Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Karwin thinks personal identities should be determined less by ethnicity or culture than by individuals' unique, vastly differing life experiences. A graduate student at Cal State Fullerton, he has organized "Heritage Regained," an exhibit exploring the topic. On view through Dec. 13 at the university's Main Art Gallery, it contains three installations by five Southern California artists.
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January 27, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Colorado weighed heavily on John Karwin's mind as he began his quest to find the history of peace. He was appalled: Nations were defined by their wars. "Most of history is structured around war, and the history of peace is often neglected," said Karwin, curator of the Fullerton Museum Center. "There wasn't much written for us."
NEWS
February 20, 1992 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition.
As educational toys go, the 1939 Charlie McCarthy-Mortimer Snerd Car is a disaster. It can't teach phonics or math, and its lily-white characters do nothing to boost multicultural awareness. However, if you wind it up, the passengers' heads will spin crazily as it whizzes across the floor. And it makes a really nifty sound when it hits the wall.
NEWS
June 19, 1995 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just up the road from Rockin Figs Surf Headquarters and Jax Bicycle Center, a former Southern California Edison building has become an unlikely oasis of cutting-edge culture. With avant-garde music, experimental films and outspoken works of art, it's a community art center that is boldly revising standard notions of what such a place can be. Not quite 3 months old, the Huntington Beach Art Center at 538 Main St. already has its detractors.
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