July 3, 1992 |
Destination: Southwest: Thomas H. Wilson, an anthropologist who has been deputy director of the Center of African Art in New York for the last two years, has been appointed executive director of the Southwest Museum. He succeeds Jerome R. Selmer, who retired Tuesday. Wilson's first challenge will be to answer the long-smoldering question of whether the 85-year-old museum should move or renovate its overburdened facility in Highland Park to accommodate its vast collection of American Indian art.
December 23, 1993 |
At least two Orange County cities are among 10 semi-finalists competing to become the new home for Los Angeles' Southwest Museum of Native American artifacts. Garden Grove city officials submitted a formal proposal to the 79-year-old museum, which is looking to move from its cramped venue in northeast Los Angeles. Museum officials, who have begun to evaluate the proposals, confirmed that Garden Grove and Los Angeles are among the semi-finalists, but would not identify any other cities.
November 24, 1993 |
Responding to community fears about the possible loss of the Southwest Museum, Mayor Richard Riordan on Tuesday announced the city's commitment to keep the museum at its historic home in Mount Washington. Southwest officials are considering various solutions to the institution's long-standing space problems--including proposals to move to other Southern California cities--but Riordan said Los Angeles cannot afford to lose the museum.
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July 16, 1992
It was a twilight moment, above and away from the glare and blare of the city. A middle-aged couple with much to share but little to spend were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. He was Chicano, she was Comanche. They had come to the Southwest Museum to hear a concert of American Indian love songs, played that night on a willow flute and sung by a slightly overweight, casually dressed, brown-skinned man who looked, just as they did, as if he had wandered in off the street.
May 27, 2001
Tey Marianna Nunn hesitated--briefly--before including a semi-nude image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in an exhibition of some 30 digital works by four Latina artists at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M. What gave her pause, she says, were the bare breasts of the female angel holding up the modern Madonna clad in a floral bikini. In the end, the museum's curator of contemporary Hispano and Latino collections decided the breasts were maternal, not sexual.
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November 12, 1993 |
Early clamoring to woo the Southwest Museum to Ventura County has faded to a disgruntled whimper, as officials from several cities say they will be hard-pressed to come up with enough money to attract the prestigious institution. The Southwest Museum this month mailed letters to prospective host cities, requesting at least $35 million to cover the costs of moving from its Highland Park facility and building new exhibition space.