June 11, 2009 |
"MOCA New" is the name that leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art have given to what they hope will be the weekend of the fall season for the international art set. Given that the biggest and most persistent headlines out of the downtown L.A. museum since last fall have been about organizational turmoil, fiscal near-collapse and subsequent downsizing, the Nov. 13-15 gala has a lot to accomplish in reshaping perceptions and bolstering finances....
May 22, 2009 |
Imagine history night at the Improv, only with marble floors and no hecklers: "Hank, you're a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy named Kahmunrah, it's 2009 and you just woke up, go . . . " and you have "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." It's not so much a movie as a series of running antiquity gags, good for a comedy club, not so much for the multiplex.
March 22, 2009 |
The Hindu god Ganesha is known by more than 1,000 names, including Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar, but he is best known as the Remover of Obstacles, the Patron of the Arts and the Lord of Wisdom. So it's only fitting that the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is presenting an exhibition examining one of Hinduism's most revered deities -- and is doing so after significant obstacles had to be removed.
February 17, 2009 |
It's amazing how often in fashion that a moment from the past brings into focus what's happening in the present. Such was the case over the weekend at New York Fashion Week. Signs of the recession are everywhere here -- the missing faces in the front row, including Saks Fifth Avenue fashion director Michael Fink, who was laid off last month; the empty storefronts on Madison Avenue; the scaled-back shows.
November 22, 2008 |
As the arts community looks for a solution to the financial woes of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, individuals are looking for solutions as well. On Sunday, George Baker, an associate professor of art history at UCLA, is scheduled to lead a discussion of Conceptualism in California, tied to MOCA's exhibition "Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collection." According to the new Facebook group MOCA Mobilization, Baker has offered to broaden his discussion to include MOCA's financial crisis.