March 28, 2012 |
John Spiak made his name as a curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, in Tempe, where he spent 17 years helping to develop an innovative program dedicated in large part to a socially engaged mode of art-making known as "social practice. " He was born and raised in Orange County, however, not far from downtown Santa Ana, which makes his move last fall - to take over as director and chief curator of the Grand Central Art Center - something of a homecoming. "I grew up running around this neighborhood," he says, and he speaks of it today with a booster's enthusiasm.
August 31, 2011
On exhibit Although the official opening date of Pacific Standard Time is Oct. 1, a handful of exhibitions are already up or will open in early September. ALREADY OPEN California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973, Part 1: Hal Glicksman Pomona College Museum of Art Claremont EARLY SEPTEMBER Sunday : Asco: Elite of the Obscure, a Retrospective, 1972-1987 Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud 1969–1972 Revisited Maria Nordman Filmroom: Smoke, 1967-Present Los Angeles County Museum of Art Sept.
September 16, 2009 |
The biggest surprise of Brian Eno's light-and-sound installation is its modesty, both in terms of size and ambition. In other words, "Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings" is a small show. Despite the playful overstatement of its title, the mellow exhibition requires very little of visitors and repays their attentiveness with a perfectly pleasant (and perfectly ordinary) experience of tasteful relaxation. There's nothing wrong with that, especially in a society driven by the desire for instantaneous gratification and overrun by the demands of multi-tasking.
September 12, 2009 |
Eight time zones ahead of Los Angeles, Brian Eno's cellphone is ringing. He's cycling along the Thames River towpath, savoring the shank of a summer afternoon. "Could you call back in an hour?" he asks politely. The appointed moment arrives and Eno is ready to chat, having come to a temporary halt in the tranquillity of his London home. Like his fellow harried humanoids, the British multimedia artist intimates that he's constantly trying to carve out a few minutes of quiet, contemplative space for himself within the manic, tech-driven modern world.
September 6, 2009 |
Historically, L.A. restaurants have shared the same fate as their famous celebrity patrons in that they are the hot spots du jour then fade away, not to be heard from again. But a handful of eateries from bygone eras have made a lasting impact on the Southern California landscape that reflects a progressive evolution in the region's architecture. The University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara has dug into its extensive collection to chronicle a select few restaurants that defined the lifestyle changes in L.A. in the early and mid 20th century with its exhibition "Sardi's to Orange Julius Â®."
December 15, 2007
Art show images: The images published with an article in Monday's Calendar section about Sandow Birk's "Depravities of War" exhibition at Cal State Long Beach were incorrectly credited. Birk's "Repercussion" was courtesy of the artist and University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach. The image of Jacques Callot's "The Hospital" was from the collection of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum.