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January 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The latest artwork to join the permanent Phillips Collection in Washin g ton isn't an oil painting, a sketch or even a sculpture. It's a small room that will be coated with more than 800 pounds of beeswax and where one to two people at a time can squeeze in and behold its golden-tinged walls. The idea is to create "a meditative encounter that is expected to be immediate and intense," according to a museum statement. The installation is the brainchild of German artist Wolfgang Laib, who in the past has created temporary wax rooms at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at several European museums.
January 23, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
The museum at Southern Illinois University returned a Ptolemaic bronze cat casket this week to the Egyptian embassy in New York after learning it had been illegally smuggled out of the country. The bronze casket, in which ancient Egyptians put the remains of cats, was purchased by the university in 1996 from a private collector in Paris, said Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Cairo-based Supreme Council of Antiquities. The illicit nature of the casket's acquisition was discovered when museum director Donna Bachman asked the supreme council for details about the archaeological site from which it was excavated, Hawass said.
April 30, 1989 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, From staff reports
Angry neighbors of the Lanterman House in La Canada Flintridge have filed a lawsuit against the city, opposing the use of the 1915 Craftsman-style mansion as a museum. The lawsuit claims that the 1988 environmental impact report for use of the house as a museum is legally inadequate. Some residents in the neighborhood said they would prefer that the house on Encinas Drive be sold as a single-family residence and opened to the public once or twice a year.
June 25, 1986
The County Museum of Art has extended its hours to a seven-day-a-week schedule to accommodate crowds at "Impressionist to Early Modern Paintings From the U.S.S.R." The exhibition will be open Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are sold (at the museum and through Ticketmaster outlets) for specific days and hours, with a guaranteed entry during the hour. Once inside, visitors may stay until closing time.
May 28, 1985
A Times article (May 19) described "some concern over church-state separation" with reference to the Museum of Tolerance that is being established on the campus of Yeshiva University of Los Angeles in connection with the Simon Wiesenthal Center. An analysis of the item makes it clear that while there may be doubters, it is an established constitutional doctrine that a governmental body, in this case the state of California, may provide a denominational university with funds to provide a service for a non-denominational purpose.
November 20, 2002 | Dana Calvo
With money and assistance from the country's largest Spanish-language television network, the Museum of Television & Radio will add a collection of Spanish-language radio and TV programs from this country, Spain and Latin America to its archives. Univision, which is providing the grant, reaches the overwhelming majority of Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States.
September 4, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Eleanor LaVove, a former fashion editor who co-founded Angels Attic, a museum devoted to antique and contemporary dollhouses, toys and miniatures, died Aug. 24 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. She was 94. The cause was ovarian cancer, said her son Timothy. LaVove and longtime friend Jackie McMahan joined forces in 1974 to mount an exhibit of dolls and miniatures as a fundraiser for a school serving autistic children. The show was so popular, it outgrew McMahan's Brentwood backyard and within a few years moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, where 10,000 people viewed the exhibits over two days.
January 14, 2007
THE mayor should take a position in support of the 100-year-old Southwest Museum, which remains as a cultural anchor at its historical location in northeast Los Angeles (Mt. Washington) ["A Patron at the Helm," Jan. 7]. His priorities as stated: bringing art to the neighborhoods, revitalization of the urban core, increased use of rapid transit and providing inspiring educational opportunities for area school children. The Southwest Museum at its current site epitomizes these priorities.
January 10, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead. That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.
October 18, 1998
Re "Show of Forces," Oct. 5: You stated: "The exhibits included vehicles, weapons and equipment used by U.S. and enemy troops in every war since the Spanish American War." Far from being about or glorifying war, it was a living museum. Visitors could go to various "villages" from any period in American history, and see how the people of that time lived. It is difficult to believe that with over 240 acres of sites ranging from earliest colonial times to the present, you could find nothing to comment about other than a minor portion of the event involving World War II. Had you done more than look at a brochure or talked to one of the organizers, perhaps a more accurate assessment of the event could have been made.
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