March 17, 2013 |
A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester may cause some changes in hours or personnel). Here are some suggestions on how to make the most with the least: Smithsonian: No visit to Washington, D.C., is complete without a visit to the nation's museums. First-time visitors learn fast that a trip to the Smithsonian is not a visit to one place.
March 17, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - On the morning of Oct. 30, as New York surveyed the damage left by Hurricane Sandy, word began to spread that Lebbeus Woods, the experimental architect known for his dystopian and densely layered drawings, had died in Lower Manhattan at the age of 72. Woods' death, it turned out, was wedged into the watery and windblown space on the calendar between the arrival of the hurricane and Halloween. It was almost as if he'd drawn it up himself. As a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art makes clear, Woods was most at home in precisely that kind of shadowy and forbidding landscape.
March 16, 2013 |
A proposed five-year collaboration deal between the troubled Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is, to use a critically astute technical term, a big, fat nothing-burger. The plan sidesteps the most pressing needs facing MOCA, which are financial health and managerial competence, while needlessly embarrassing both museums. It's a symptom of, not a solution to, MOCA's problems. PHOTOS: Arts and culture pictures by The Times A possible relationship between the two - located on opposite coasts and with vastly different missions, structures and reputations - had been talked about in museum circles for weeks.
March 15, 2013 |
Michael Govan came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seven years ago with a mission to make it one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, one worth mentioning alongside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. Now he's trying to seize an opportunity to gain ground on them in a single stroke. Govan and LACMA's trustees have proposed a takeover of L.A.'s financially adrift Museum of Contemporary Art and its crown jewels: a 6,000-piece collection that's one of the world's most admired troves of post-World War II art. But Govan has an imposing rival in billionaire Eli Broad, L.A.'s eminence grise of art philanthropy.
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March 12, 2013 |
More than 1 million people have visited the California Science Center since space shuttle Endeavour made its debut just over four months ago, far surpassing officials' expectations for the Exposition Park museum. Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph initially guessed about 2 million people would see the retired orbiter in its first year at the free museum, which averages about 1.6 million visitors per year. Now, he estimates at least 2.5 million people will pass through its turnstiles - a record.
March 11, 2013 |
A new exhibition of Chinese Ming dynasty paintings includes just 10 works, one each by 10 artists, but it's more absorbing than many shows two or three times its size. These 15th and early-16th century paintings are high-wire acts of aesthetic dexterity, fusing philosophical perception with formal persuasion. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" is focused on court painters associated with the imperial painting academy in Beijing's Forbidden City.
March 9, 2013 |
Everybody loves a bargain. Here's a big one. If you were a wealthy major art collector, and for the price of one classic Jackson Pollock drip-painting or Andy Warhol's 1963 silk-screen "Eight Elvises" you could acquire a few billion dollars worth of art, including scores of incomparable and irreplaceable masterpieces, would you work to make the deal happen? Of course you would. And so would the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. GRAPHIC: LACMA and MOCA at a glance The county museum - LACMA - has offered to take over the Museum of Contemporary Art, rescuing the downtown museum from perennial money troubles.
March 8, 2013 |
MOCA has been known as "the artist's museum" since its founding in 1979 because of hands-on support from its creative community. So what do L.A. artists think about the news of a possible acquisition by LACMA, which would create a combined organization run by LACMA Director Michael Govan? Here are some early reactions. John Baldessari, a former MOCA trustee said: "LACMA is an encyclopedic museum, but they are weak when it comes to contemporary art, and this would make their holdings in contemporary art better than the Metropolitan [Museum of Art in New York]
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.
March 7, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Grammy Museum will put up its third salute to a Beatle with the June 12 opening of “Ringo: Peace and Love,” billed as “the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr.” It's also touted as the first major U.S. exhibition focusing on a rock drummer. Museum officials have gathered previously unpublished photos, correspondence and film footage as well as iconic items from Starr's career. Some of the notable artifacts include the drum kits he played when the Beatles performed historic concerts on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and at Shea Stadium in New York, his military-inspired costume from “Sgt.