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January 20, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
IT'S a coincidence. But Elsa Longhauser, director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, thinks it's great. What could be better than an installation by Michael Asher to headline a yearlong celebration of the museum's 20th anniversary? A conceptualist known for grappling with the inner workings of art institutions, Asher has an impressive international resume and a 34-year tenure as a CalArts professor, but the L.A. artist's work is rarely seen in his hometown.
April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
In 1987, Kim Abeles began a body of work whose subject was St. Bernadette, the 14-year-old girl in the southern French village of Lourdes who believed that the Virgin Mary had miraculously appeared to her in a wooded grotto just outside town. Abeles made about a dozen mixed-media assemblages on the theme, including a souvenir dispensary for holy cards of the saint, each with a lock of hair attached. Some of the locks are blond, some brunette, some red or black.
July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The Santa Monica Museum of Art has received a $121,500 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for an upcoming exhibit exploring art and legislation. "Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy" will go on display in fall 2014 and will examine how public art throughout the Americas can act as an agent for social change. Curated by Lucía Sanromán, the show will feature works by Laurie Jo Reynolds, who led Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots campaign to close the supermax prison in Illinois.
July 23, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tuesday: Many of the nation's leading filmmakers are expected to deliver a petition to the Motion Picture Assn. of America asking for a change to the movie rating system. Wednesday: Will Rosanne Barr get a hit or a strike out when she sings the national anthem at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium before the second game of a double-header between the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds?
March 8, 1990
The James Irvine Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Richard G. Hirsch, president of the museum's board of trustees, said the money will be used to hire a full-time development officer for the next two years to write grants and raise money for the museum. The museum, at 2437 Main St., incorporated in 1985 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization to showcase lesser-known artists. It was formally dedicated last September.
July 11, 2004
As photography comes to be classified as fine art in line with painting and sculpture, it is proving no less vulnerable to conceptual theorizing. One can certainly experience Alex Slade's work as "mapping and topographical strategies," to quote from material on the photographer and sculptor's current show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
July 4, 2003 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Monica Museum of Art has received its largest donation in its history -- a combined gift of $2 million -- signaling a turning point for the small institution. With $1 million each from the Annenberg Foundation and the Good Works Foundation, the 9-year-old museum is no longer underfunded and overlooked. "It's a defining moment for the museum," said Elsa Longhauser, its executive director. "It gives us a certain amount of financial stability and a base of support on which we can build.
July 6, 1999
GOLF Artist Michael McCurry discusses art and sport in conjunction with his exhibit "Golf." Thursday, Santa Monica Museum of Art. (310) 586-6488. EDUCATION Teachers are invited to a symposium on "Climate, Creatures and Cultures of the L.A. Basin," Autry Museum, Saturday. (323) 667-2000. HISTORY Santa Monica College presents "Out of the Cradle," a 30th anniversary look at man's first visit to the moon, Friday. (310) 434-4223.
August 28, 1988 | KEVIN ALLMAN
As a record producer, Brian Eno has worked with U2 and Talking Heads, and as a composer he has released 11 solo albums of textured, experimental sounds, some written to be heard in specific locations ("Music for Airports"). He has also created more than 50 gallery shows incorporating his "ambient music" and video work. His latest production of "video paintings" has been installed at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
April 20, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Mickalene Thomas is to contemporary painting what Daft Punk is to music: acclaimed as one of the more original remix artists working today. The 41-year-old Brooklyn artist has borrowed images and poses from established masters such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden in her paintings. But her most recent work owes a particularly explicit debt to Gustave Courbet, the 19th-century French realist who famously painted a graphic (some say pornographic)
September 8, 2011
ART A retrospective of the late artist Beatrice Wood is opening at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Wood, who died in 1998 at the age of 105, was born to a wealthy family in San Francisco but made her home in the bohemian circles of New York before spending the later part of her life as a ceramist in Ojai. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Opens Fri.-Sun., through March. $5 suggested donation. (310) 586-6488;
August 31, 2011 | Jori Finkel
Before she died in 1998 at the age of 105, artist Beatrice Wood liked to say that she owed her longevity to "chocolate and young men. " A Santa Monica Museum of Art retrospective of her work does include a campy ceramic sculpture she made on that theme, which shows a regal woman flanked by a phalanx of tiny adoring male figures. But the show, opening Sept. 10, promises to go beyond the sensational, sari-wearing persona that Wood cultivated to find an artist of contradictions and complexities.
May 21, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Video artist Marco Brambilla knows that some people will see his decision to go 3-D as a marketing gimmick. "It is meant to get attention," he says. "When you walk into the gallery and characters start coming off the walls, it feels otherworldly. " But he also sees the 3-D format as a natural fit for his recent work — which is all about the visual excesses of Hollywood moviemaking and the sped-up consumer culture that goes with it. Once a mainstream film director himself, best known for the 1993 action movie "Demolition Man," Brambilla is not afraid to use the tricks of the trade in his museum and gallery work.
January 9, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ten years is a lifetime in the art world, where the vicissitudes of trends and tastes can befuddle the most experienced. Yet Elsa Longhauser by many accounts has been able to scope out the creative zeitgeist of this city as she completes her first decade at the helm of the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tucked into a corner of the Bergamot Station arts complex, it is a small museum that seeks to speak with a big voice. She has a clear vision for the mission of her institution, conceived as a kunsthalle, or space for showing rotating exhibitions without establishing any collection of its own. The museum has a large main gallery and a smaller projects room that are programmed throughout the year.
May 9, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Granted, upper-level donors to "Incognito" had a special preview night and a short head start. But the playing field was otherwise level at the May 1 anonymous art sale at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Within minutes of the opening, more than 800 people streamed into the museum to scrutinize the 600-plus artworks. Donated by emerging and established artists ( Yoko Ono, Larry Bell, Nancy Rubins and Ed Moses among them), each piece cost $300, measured 8 by 10 inches and concealed its signature until after purchase.
August 30, 2001
* Madonna kicks off the first of four sold-out L.A. shows on Sept. 9 as her "Drowned World" tour arrives at the Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Other dates are Sept. 11, 13 and 14. $45 to $250. (213) 742-7340.* The Fountain Theatre presents Maria Bermudez in "Sonidos Gitanos/Gypsy Flamenco" on Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. $30. (323) 461-3673.
September 25, 2009 | David Ng
Special free-admission days at museums around the country have become a popular and apparently successful marketing tool, but some institutions are becoming more particular about which events they participate in. On the eve of a nationwide free museum day Saturday sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine -- which many local museums are not participating in -- and the "Museums Free-for-All" Oct. 3 and 4 at various Los Angeles and Orange county institutions, museum...
February 18, 2009 | Scarlet Cheng
The main gallery space at the Santa Monica Museum of Art has been marked off by tape, like an archaeological dig where different findings have been indicated. In fact, the objects do look unearthed, anthropological. Here, dozens of hand-carved sticks the size of walking canes are neatly laid out on a tarp; there, several hundred lumps of earth mixed with straw, crude figurines in the form of small apes, frogs and boxy television sets, are jumbled.
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