August 16, 2009 |
What comes to mind when you think of Buddhist art? A serene figure seated in a meditative pose, eyes closed, legs crossed, soles up? The Norton Simon Museum has many such examples in its collection, but the Pasadena institution's new exhibition, "Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of Buddhist Art," offers something different. The gods Mahakala and Hayagriva, seen in richly detailed sculptures and paintings, lash out at foes with several sets of arms and stomp them into submission. Divine as the deities may be, they are not just having a little rant on a bad day. They are doing their jobs -- protecting Buddhist faith with physical force and terrifying symbolism.
January 23, 2008 |
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
March 8, 2013 |
For sale: one used lion costume. But we're not talking just any lion costume. Archivist James Comisar owns one of the largest archives of television artifacts, with about 10,000 individual objects. Now he's looking for a new home for the iconic Cowardly Lion costume designed by Gilbert Adrian and worn by Bert Lahr during all the "mane" sequences in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz. " This may be the perfect time to pique collectors' interest in the costume because of the opening Friday of Sam Raimi's big-budget "Oz the Great and Powerful," which tells the story of how the wizard came to take up residence in the Emerald City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2012 |
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.
November 20, 2002 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 |
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.