August 28, 2011 |
The story of Ed Kienholz's "Five Car Stud" has been something of a mystery for decades. Made in Los Angeles between 1969 and 1972, it was the last work Kienholz completed here before moving to Berlin and one of the most powerful by any measure: a searing indictment of race relations in America, told with a stroke of blunt violence as alarming today as it was the year it was made. The piece was shown, however, only in Germany before being acquired by a Japanese collector and disappearing into the vaults of the museum he would go on to found.
June 30, 1996 |
A grotesque troupe of prostitutes--Five Dollar Billy, Miss Cherry Delight, Cockeyed Jenny, a Lady Named Zoa and Dianna Poole, Miss Universal--has moved into the Museum of Contemporary Art. Fashioned of everything from dolls, mannequins and women's underwear to a bedpan and a trash can, these sculptural figures inhabit "Roxys," a brothel-like installation in "Kienholz: A Retrospective," which opens today at the museum's California Plaza building.
October 26, 1996
Reminiscences and critical perspectives on the art of the late Ed Kienholz and his role in the local art scene will be offered during "Ed Kienholz Remembered," Nov. 2 at UCLA's Perloff Hall. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January 10, 2012
FAMILY Using Animated Films to Make Ocean Issues Come Alive for Kids Award-winning filmmaker Brandon Strathmann presents two of his ecologically minded short films, "The Plastic Perils of the Pacific" and "Dissolving Destinies," a 3-D animated film that follows a crab through a coral reef threatened by ocean acidification. Strathmann will introduce each movie and discuss the importance of protecting the sea. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 7-9 p.m. $5. (562)
November 16, 2011
MUSIC Vince Gill The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has multiple studio albums on his resume, not to mention 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. Catch a display of his high, lonesome tenor voice and soul-country guitar licks during his current U.S. tour, featuring material from his latest long-player, "Guitar Slinger. " Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $29.99. (310) 276-6168. http://www.troubadour.com . ART Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics Los Angeles artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar, who used the medium of assemblage to comment on the political climate of postwar America, will discuss the connection between art and social critique.
October 21, 1994 |
When Ed Kienholz started making life-size tableaux back in the '60s, he staked out such a radical artistic position no one has caught up to him to this day. Kienholz was half philosopher and half attack-dog. He waded into the paradox and injustices of the American social myth when it was forbidden. Now that it's fashionable, other practitioners still look timid by comparison. Kienholz remains Kienholz's only competition.