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February 12, 1989
Your reporter (Tracy) Wilkinson wrote an article about the criminal arraignment of a Santa Monica developer, Abby Sher, in connection with events surrounding her Edgemar museum-restaurant complex on Main Street. (Times, Jan. 15.) On Jan. 29, you printed a letter from the museum director, Thomas Rhoads. Rhoads' letter attempted to "correct some factual errors" in the Wilkinson article, regarding the relationship between this developer, Edgemar and the museum. Rhoads went to some length to draw a distinction between Sher's business dealings and the operations of the museum, objecting to Wilkinson's use of the term "private museum," and commenting that "in fact, the museum is a separate entity from Edgemar."
November 28, 2002 | Jessica Hundley, Special to The Times
WHAT happens when you take a museum, a mall, an artist, an idea and 200 kids and put them together? The first installation from the Santa Monica Museum's "Wall Works" program, a 19-foot mural whose components are surprisingly varied, an imaginative collage of shapes and images, from frogs to turtles, lizards, fish and serpents. The mural, on display at the Santa Monica Place Mall just outside the third floor of Robinsons-May, is a collaboration of the museum, Santa Monica Place, L.A.
A new show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art is called "The Layered Look: Towards an Aesthetic of Accumulation Among Six Los Angeles Artists." In addition to being too long, that title sounds a little odd for an art exhibition. It evokes the world of fashion and the shameless self-aggrandizement that surrounds it. Potential viewers may rest assured the handle is ironic to the point of hostility. This exhibition is about desperation. The French call it desespoir , which literally means "without hope."
November 14, 2002 | Jessica Hundley, Special to The Times
Jeremy Blake's digital art is painting made animate, color and pattern transformed from stagnant image into slow, liquid, meditative motion. Working initially with ink and gouache drawings (and at times sketching directly onto the computer), Blake manipulates his work into dreamlike DVD animations.
July 29, 2001 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is a regular contributor to Calendar
In the lofty main gallery of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Liga Pang is overseeing the construction of her room-sized installation using bamboo, part of a "New Work" show. While that may suggest a thicket of tall and solid poles, the raw materials of her opus are the twiggy tips of Japanese bamboo, thousands and thousands of them, painstakingly tied together to create a delicate web that hints at the dual essence of bamboo, flexible but strong, simple yet versatile.
November 8, 2009 | Ellen Olivier
Leonard Nimoy's latest photography project concerned people's secret selves, so it wasn't hard for officials at the Santa Monica Museum of Art to convince him to help with a fundraiser on that quintessential dress-your-fantasy occasion: Halloween. Besides that, Nimoy said, "I like the Santa Monica Museum." At the Halla Gala, guests were invited to "come as your secret self." For those who bought a $5,000 gala package, the multitalented artist/actor best known as Mr. Spock of "Star Trek" would photograph them as their otherwise hidden identities.
September 10, 2008 | David Ng, Times Staff Writer
There are giants of the art world, and then there are true giants of the art world. Martin Kersels -- sculptor, videographer and performance artist -- stands 6 feet 6 and weighs more than 350 pounds. To say that he is a big man would be a gargantuan understatement. Usually, an artist's physical size bears little if any relationship to his work, but that's not true in Kersels' case. His art is often about scale -- his own girth but, more important, the idea of largeness and how that affects a person's movement through space.
September 21, 2011
At least 25 major museums around Southern California will be offering free admission on Oct. 2 as part of Pacific Standard Time, the initiative led by the Getty focusing on the history of art in the region from 1945 to 1980. Museums offering free admission on Oct. 2 include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Pacific Standard Time comprises more than 60 participating cultural groups throughout Southern California.
October 6, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
If you're familiar with Exene Cervenka, it's most likely as singer of the legendary L.A. punk act X. Her work as a collage artist, journal keeper and aficionado of cast-off Americana is far less known. But this side of Cervenka recently went on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The first public show of Cervenka's artwork, "America the Beautiful" is a collection of collages she's assembled since the late '90s and journals she's written from when she was 17, using objects she found in L.
A Virginia-based conservative group filed a federal court suit against the National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday, asking for an order barring the NEA from giving grants for "blasphemous and sacrilegious hate material." The court action, by the Rutherford Institute, based in Charlottesville, Va., revived a controversy over an exhibit of work by New York multimedia artist David Wojnarowicz called "Tongues of Flame."
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