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January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Twenty venues around Southern California will offer free admission on Jan. 25 as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. Participating museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. The offer is valid for general museum admission only, organizers said, and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each venue. RELATED: Big weekend on tap for art, and that's just the beginning The free day can offer substantial savings for families.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has reached its goal of a $100-million endowment, and museum leaders say they'll keep their fundraising campaign going with a new objective of $150 million. A written announcement listed 29 donations from individuals, couples or foundations, all but two of them from board members, their foundations or their families. The campaign also has elicited an unspecified number of anonymous gifts. MOCA provided no further details about the amounts.  TIMELINE: MOCA in flux Museum leaders also said it's possible, but not certain, that MOCA facilities will be named in honor of the campaign's top donors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Leaders of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art say a campaign launched less than 10 months ago to quintuple its endowment to $100 million has met its goal, prompting them to keep the campaign going with a new goal of $150 million. They see the achievement as a turning point after five years of financial instability that has led to budget and staffing cuts, including a winnowing of the curatorial staff from eight to the current two through layoffs or resignations.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger helped his girlfriend L'Wren Scott celebrate her holiday collection with Banana Republic at a launch party Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. [Examiner] Adam Levine, named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," expects to take a lot of ribbing from his Maroon 5 bandmates. [People] Pippa Middleton tried out the sheer-gown trend that's becoming ubiquitous on runways, wearing a semi-sheer black embroidered dress to the Sugarplum Ball in London on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
IMAGE
November 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
"Better LA Than NYC" Those words went up on Wednesday afternoon on a new, L.A.-dedicated website that looks like a spinoff of the Banksy website documenting the British street artist's monthlong “residency” in New York. Of course, like the fake Banksy Twitter account now followed by more than 36,000 people, this too could be a prank. Banksy's New York sojourn, “Better Out Than In,” is currently stalled “due to police activity,” his website said Wednesday morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Building on the success of its YouTube channel, MOCAtv -- which features original documentaries, interviews with artists and an animated series and has more than 150,000 subscribers internationally -- the Museum of Contemporary Art is broadening its digital reach. On Wednesday, MOCA launched a new membership campaign, “Art is for You,” aimed at a digitally savvy audience. The campaign “is designed to appeal directly to a broad local and international audience actively participating in contemporary visual culture through social media channels,” the museum said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Jeffrey Deitch says his next move in the art world following his premature exit as director of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art will happen in New York City: a bid to create a “hybrid” between a museum mounting exhibitions geared to a broad general audience, and a gallery that doesn't have to deal with the complex institutional issues that come with running a nonprofit museum. “I'm more interested in the exhibition project than the institution,” Deitch said Tuesday after engaging in a public conversation about creativity and entrepreneurship with fellow guest Michael Chow, known for making visual artists and their work part of the fabric of his Mr. Chow Chinese restaurants, and host Steven Lavine, president of California Institute of the Arts.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
There's a whole lot of L.A. talent fronting the Russian edition of Garage magazine's Fall/Winter 2013 issue, thanks to Rodarte's  Kate and Laura Mulleavy and artist John Baldessari, who collaborated on the cover. The cover image is reproduced from a collage that combines a black-and white photo of a classic Old Hollywood pose with an eye-catching blue, black and pink tie-dye pattern that sharp-eyed fashion folks may well recognize from Rodarte's Santa Cruz inspired Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection (a piece from that collection can be seen above right)
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