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September 13, 1990 |
The Newport Harbor Art Museum on Wednesday became the nation's first museum and third arts organization to file a federal lawsuit against the National Endowment for the Arts over its controversial anti-obscenity rules. But the museum stopped short of following other organizations that have rejected their NEA grants in protest. Filed in U.S.
August 4, 1988 |
There's much ado about the dinner Nov. 11 at the Beverly Hilton hosted by the American Ireland Fund. It honors Merv Griffin, who grandly qualifies because of his Irish heritage--Clonmel in County Tipperary. The party will be one of the first when the new Hilton ballroom opens. Restaurateur Jimmy Murphy is chairman. He notes the motto for the fund is "peace, culture and charity." Colm Wilkerson from Dublin, star of "Les Miserables" when it opened in London and on Broadway, will be there.
January 27, 1990 |
Using books as his principal material, Buzz Spector makes sculpture that is quiet, unassuming and ruminative in the extreme. The experience of looking at a small exhibition of his work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum through March 18 is akin to the half-searching, half-idle experience of rummaging through a neighborhood bookstore--but with a telling difference. Carved, torn, stacked, boxed, framed, painted over and, in a few cases, converted into pedestals, his books cannot be read.
February 25, 1991 |
Newport Harbor Art Museum finally hired itself a director last month, but it still has a long list of Major Things To Do before it can focus entirely on day-to-day museum business. At the top of that list--according to new director Michael Botwinick--is hiring a new chief curator to replace Paul Schimmel, who left last year to assume the same post at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
March 5, 1992 |
Anyone who has reveled in the flamboyant pop vision of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar knows that Spain has changed massively with respect to cultural energy and permissiveness since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who died in 1975. Still, with some notable exceptions, contemporary Spanish artists are not particularly well known in the United States.
September 25, 1990 |
The Newport Harbor Art Museum took an unusual step for conservative Orange County in recently choosing to take the National Endowment for the Arts to court. Consider the recent climate for arts in Orange County: As the nationwide furor over freedom of expression and the NEA raged, a nude photograph of John Lennon was yanked from a Fullerton exhibition in April, then reinstated.
January 28, 1990 |
Entering, you pass under a banner that asks a provocative question: "Have You Made Money Today?" You see a toy train rattling by, yen and deutschemarks waving from its tiny box cars. A Samurai warrior peers covetously at a map of California next to a Japanese Zero airplane wing. A shrine invites you to sacrifice money to stock market gods. Welcome to Patrick Mohr's artistic playground at the Santa Monica Community College Art Gallery.
July 27, 1990 |
Orange County's top art museum suffered the largest drop in ranking in the state because of its community outreach efforts, a California Arts Council grant advisory panel reported this week. In the same round of sessions, South Coast Repertory theater won the highest rating of any arts group in the state for its outreach programs. Two other major Orange County arts groups received lower 1990 rankings as well. The panel cited the Newport Harbor Art Museum's loss of director Kevin Consey, chief curator Paul Schimmel and assistant curator Lucinda Barnes in the last year in reducing its ranking from a 3+ to a 2 on the panel's 1-to-4 rating scale.
September 28, 1991 |
When Bruce Guenther, Newport Harbor Art Museum's new chief curator, took the same post at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art in 1987, he was agog at that city's "important art community." Every year during the Chicago International Art Exposition, the nation's largest contemporary art sale, "the world turns to Chicago," Guenther told the Chicago Sun-Times in 1987.
December 31, 1990 |
Bursting with exhibitions likely to delight, confound and enlighten--amid a few dull spots--the new year has a promising look. Following is a rundown of what's on tap at the major institutions and a few less heavily trafficked spots. At Newport Harbor Art Museum: * "Edward Hopper: Selections From the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art" (Jan. 20 through March 17).