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Nothing about them is high-tech or flashy or new. They're just regular moms. But educators at the new California Science Center know that parents play a vital role in explaining the world to children, so they have hired a group of mothers to work part time in the museum, assisting young visitors as they explore the world of science. "They ask so many questions," said Martina Perez, a mother of three who works in the museum. "You have to really think before answering."
April 18, 2014 | By Rosemary McClure
Celebrate the life and loves of actor Charlie Chaplin at an exhibit that opened this week at the Catalina Island Museum, which is toasting the 125th birthday of the iconic silent screen star. Besides the exhibit , Chaplin, known for the lovable "little tramp" figure he often played, will also be honored during the museum's 27 th annual Silent Film Benefit on May 17, which will feature the actor starring in “City Lights,” considered a vintage film masterpiece. “City Lights,” which will be shown at Avalon's Casino building, will be accompanied by a 39-piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman . Tickets cost $18 general admission, $15 for museum members, $9 for children or people wearing period dress.
November 4, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Elena Brunet and Dallas M. Jackson / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Attendance at six county museums generally has trended upward during the last five years. The numbers below include all museum programs: exhibits, classes, workshops and tours. The numbers for Laguna Art Museum, Irvine Fine Arts Center and Discovery Museum of Orange County all represent fiscal years; the Newport Harbor Art Museum and Muckenthaler Cultural Center make their count by calendar year. The Discovery Museum of Orange County opened in 1985.
March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
A 1955 letter to Marlene Dietrich from Ernest Hemingway, which begins with the author referring to the legendary actress as "Dearest Kraut," one of Dietrich's blue and black double breasted tuxedos, a late 19th-century Swiss cylinder music box, several of the star's powder compacts and even a Kermit the Frog watch are among the rare items from Dietrich's estate being auctioned for the first time. The Hollywood Museum is exhibiting 250 of these items through April 6. The collection of personal and professional pieces are also available for bid online at "The Hollywood Museum is in the historic Max Factor building and is the perfect home for this exhibit since it is actually here where the legendary Max Factor originally designed Marlene Dietrich's glamorous and famous look," said Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the museum in a statement.
July 29, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST
The next in a series of ongoing art lectures will be Sunday at the Laguna Art Museum. Artist and critic Michael McManus, a former curator at the museum, will discuss "Exhibitions of the Laguna Art Museum" at 11 a.m. "He'll be talking about the exhibits we have and hope to have in the future," museum board member John Bing said. "It's a series we hope to run all year long." Lecture admission is $3. People who are not museum members must also pay $5 general admission.
July 7, 1992 | NONA YATES
Hundreds of thousands of people visit the beach each summer, but few venture out to the open sea to view the variety of life found there. The Cabrillo Marine Museum's newest permanent exhibit, "Open Ocean: The Vast Frontier," offers insight into this little-known realm.
November 5, 1990 | NONA YATES
Dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric reptiles are on display in the exhibit, "The Age of Reptiles," at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The recently opened exhibit illustrates thought about how the land, sea and air may have appeared when the world was ruled by the giant reptiles. Specimens on display include the skulls of a tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops and skeletons of pterosaurs and a mosasaur, a giant marine lizard. Call (213) 744-3488.
August 31, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
California-based multimedia artist Mike Rogers was finishing his photographs for an exhibition in Mexico City when he got an urgent e-mail from the curator: The show had been called off. The capital's contemporary art museums were broke and shutting down. The message was exaggerated. Museums are not closing -- yet. But across Mexico City's eclectic art world, museum directors, curators, artists and performers are bracing for a round of recession-triggered budget cuts that could prove devastating.
September 13, 1987 | Sam Hall Kaplan
The announcement by the Museum of Contemporary Art that it is planning a major architecture exhibit exploring the legacy of the so-called Case Study Houses is exciting--and worrisome. Though the exhibit at the museum, and an accompanying off-site housing demonstration, is two years off, the ambitious effort raises issues quite pertinent to the drift today of architecture into the art world here and elsewhere.
October 21, 2007 | Susan Spano; Christopher Reynolds; Celeste Moure; Vani Rangachar
In China's Sichuan province, a complex of new, privately owned museums dedicated to the Cultural Revolution (1969-76), the War of Resistance against the Japanese (1937-45) and 20th century Chinese folk culture reflects increasing openness about the way recent history is viewed in China.
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
February 8, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Yoga has a 2,500-year history that sprung up in India as a series of mental and physical practices to help escape the cycle of suffering that flesh is heir to. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (Feb. 21 to May 25) offers a voyage through some of that history via art, photography and film. With 135 objects borrowed from 25 museums and collections internationally, this is the "first major art exhibition about yoga," says the museum. "Yoga is a range of practices that focus on controlling the body and breath as a means of stilling the mind," says Qamar Adamjee, curator of South Asian art at the museum.
April 6, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Car fans -- especially those interested in pre-World War II French icons -- have a little more time to enjoy some ultra-rare classics in Southern California. The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has announced it is extending through June an exhibit of Voisin automobiles and motorcycles. The exhibit was previously scheduled to close in April. "The success the Voisin exhibit experienced over the past six months has been amazing," Peter Mullin, owner of the museum, said in a statement.  “It is with great personal pride that we continue to recognize and showcase such a design visionary and aviation pioneer.
February 24, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
NEW YORK - In the mid-1950s, Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga took action painting to new heights. Though trained as a traditional brush painter, he tossed them. He tried painting with his fingers, then in public performances he spread paint on paper or canvas with his bare feet. In more elaborate versions, he suspended himself from overhead ropes and swung his body freely, his feet swirling the paint below. "It was by removing himself from his training that he was able to fully express himself," says Ming Tiampo, co-curator of a new exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum featuring Shiraga and fellow members of the Gutai Art Association.
September 14, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance - and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success -- it's worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met announced Friday that “three widely acclaimed and highly attended exhibitions” this year had boosted New York City's economy by $781 million, with out-of-towners...
August 14, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - At the Museum of Contemporary Art here, 19-year-old Aristotle Qajari, whose father named him after the celebrated Greek philosopher and writer, was mesmerized by an art form that is considerably more recent - and completely new to him. "I have not heard about Pop art yet," said Qajari, an architecture student, drawing a sketch of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's 1961 painting "Roto Broil. " The modern, Western art is a new concept for many here in the Islamic Republic, said the young student, and many Iranians, preoccupied with everyday life, don't have time to think about such issues.
January 1, 1994 | MIMI KO
Eric Tate raced through the Children's Museum at La Habra on a recent morning, playing with everything he saw. He hopped into the driver's seat of an Orange County Transportation Authority bus and started spinning the steering wheel, then took hold of the microphone. "First stop, Santa's Village," announced the 3-year-old boy from Diamond Bar. "Second stop, Magic Mountain. Third stop, Disneyland."
June 17, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A colorful quilt made by students at the Held Enrichment School for Academics and Arts went on display Wednesday at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The "friendship quilt" is part of a six-week exhibition that showcases 14 quilts chosen during the museum's annual "Class Quilts, LA" competition. The 3-by-5-foot quilt was created by 23 students from 8 to 11 years old.
July 2, 2012 | By David Ng
A Holocaust museum in Israel has slightly softened its rhetoric regarding the inaction of Pope Pius XII in the face of the deportation of Jews during World War II. Yad Vashem -- the cultural center for Holocaust studies in Jerusalem -- changed the wording on an explanatory wall panel that is part of an ongoing display. The modified wall panel, which was installed Sunday, incorporates views of those who defend the Pope.  Pope Pius XII has long been a figure of contention between the Vatican and Israel.
June 20, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell, Los Angeles Times
The show: "Cleopatra: The Exhibition" at California Science Center The premise: Although the slightly soapy tag line boasts "She ruled the men who ruled the world," this expansive exhibition goes beyond the notion of Cleopatra as a scheming seductress and presents a fuller picture of her as a charismatic political and religious leader, a woman of great intelligence, and a caring wife and mother. Her story is largely told through artifacts discovered by the French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, who has been mapping and excavating the sunken Egyptian cities of Alexandria (the site of Cleopatra's palace)
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