FROM Carolina Miranda
Chicano identity on display at Autry Museum A pair of exhibitions at the Autry Museum of the American West aim to prove that Mexicans and Mexican Americans are not “bad hombres,” as Donald Trump said on the campaign trail. The shows explore Chicano identity by documenting activism, faith, community and culture: “La Raza” and “Chicano Male Unbonded.” Gerardo Velázquez, Synthesized Music Composer, 1991 . Photo by Harry Gamboa Jr. A photograph in the “La Raza” exhibit. Photo by Maria Varela. Images courtesy of the Autry Museum.
MOCA's chief curator is fired, what's next for the museum and LA's art scene? LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown has fired its chief curator, Helen Molesworth. She was a big get for MOCA. She curated two of the museum’s most popular shows: a 35-year retrospective of American painter Kerry James Marshall, and another retrospective of Brazilian sculptor Anna Maria Maiolino. Also, architect Richard Meier is accused of sexual harassment by five women. He designed the Getty Center among many other buildings around the world. Now Meier’s taking a six-month leave of absence.
Hollywood: Where do reality and fantasy meet? Art columnist Carolina Miranda took TMZ’s "2-hour celebrity safari" ahead of Sunday’s Oscars. The tour took her past the In-N-Out, the Chateau Marmont and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home to the first ever Academy Awards. The next day, Carolina Miranda went to the Oscars. She reports on where fantasy Hollywood collide.
Art show depicts the Caribbean as more than an 'island paradise' “The island paradise” is the image of the Caribbean you find in travel magazines. But scratch the surface, and you discover a melting pot of languages and races still recovering from the heavy hand of its colonial past. A show of Caribbean artists touching on these themes runs through the weekend at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Nadia Huggins (Trinidad and Tobago, b. 1984) No. 25 Circa No Future, 2014 Courtesy of the artist. Miguel Luciano (Puerto Rico, b. 1972) Sela and Adi, SmART Power, 2012 Courtesy of the artist. Fausto Ortiz (Dominican Republic, b. 1970) Fragments from the series Exodus, 2013 Courtesy of the artist.
Eight border wall prototypes: Works of art in themselves? Eight giant prototypes of the US-Mexico border wall have been built on the San Diego side of the border. Swiss artist Christoph Büchel has created a tour for people to view them. He says they’re modern versions of land art. Others say that’s offensive.
New York Times draws fury for explaining LA to Angelenos The New York Times yesterday published a front page story that portrayed Southern California as a place of aimless urban sprawl, no civic institutions, and a newspaper in turmoil. Angelenos used choice words to bash the article on Twitter. Some pointed out factual errors. Others said it was another example of The New York Times describing LA as an inferior city.
Remembering LA ceramicist Dora De Larios Dora De Larios in her studio. Artist Dora De Larios created everything from small, functional tableware to giant ceramic sculptures. She incorporated Native American and Japanese influences in her art. She died on Sunday at 84. A retrospective of her work opens in February at the Main Museum downtown. Dora De Larios' 1990s "Small Blue Animal." Dora De Larios' 1982 work "Inner Vision." Photos courtesy of Carolina Miranda
'PST: LA/LA:' Performance art to check out A 10-day festival of modern performance art launches tomorrow. It’s called Live Art LA/LA, and it’s part of Pacific Standard Time. There will be shows at 25 different locations around LA, and more than 200 performers from 15 Latin American countries.
Why experimental art gallery Machine Project mattered Machine Project has been running in Echo Park since 2003, but it’s shutting down next week. The Machine Project enabled artists to collaborate on experimental projects, and it worked with big institutions like LACMA and the Hammer Museum. We look back at the highlights of Machine Project over the last 15 years.
The year in controversial art In 2017, several major art exhibits were changed because of protests. The Guggenheim pulled three pieces after animal rights activists said there was animal cruelty. The Whitney removed a piece by a white artist depicting Emmett Till’s death out of its Biennial due to public outrage. Events like these raise questions about censorship, artistic expression and power in the art world.
What sexual misconduct allegations at Artforum say about the art world Knight Landesman is the former co-publisher of Artforum, the glossy bible of the art world. He has been accused of sexually harassing women who worked at the magazine.
LACMA gets $150M for its redesign, so will it actually happen? LACMA announced a massive gift from music mogul David Geffen today. We also talk about a retrospective of the Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino here in LA. And in New York, the Guggenheim Museum is taking heat from animal rights activists and the art world about some controversial works.
Artists mash up Japanese and California culture Kozyndan is a husband and wife artist duo. She’s Kozi. He’s Dan. Their work uses visual puns to celebrate and poke fun at California culture. Like their painting of P22, the Griffith Park mountain lion, eating a koala from the Los Angeles Zoo. We look at Kozydan’s new show “The Golden State” at the Gregorio Escalante gallery. Escalante died unexpectedly last week. We remember him as one of the founders of the lowbrow art movement in Southern California -- a movement influenced by punk, tattoos and graffiti.
Found in Translation Francisco Artigas and Fernando Luna, House at 131 Rocas, Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City, 1966 Photograph by Fernando and Roberto Luna, 1966 Courtesy of Fernando Luna, © Roberto and Fernando Luna Mexico, our neighbor to the south, has long influenced California's design and architecture. Turns out, the inspiration flows both ways, a story that is told through art, artefacts and architecture in LACMA's new PST LA/LA exhibition, Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915-1985 ." The goal, co-curator Wendy Kaplan tells DnA, was to recontextualize the "usual suspects", the "dreamy evocation of Spanish dons, the hacienda, the noble native, as opposed to the decimation and appropriation of indigenous Mexican culture. So we present the myths and we dispel the myths, but also discuss the persistence of myth and how that has affected perceptions up until today." The exhibition covers four main periods -- Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism -- from Bertram Goodhue's Mexican-influenced designs for the Panama California fair; through posters, furniture and sculpture by Mexican artists inspired by indigenous art traditions; to Op-Arts' influence on the look for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and Mexican influence on Deborah Sussman's color palette for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Along the way the show questions why for so long Mexican influence was credited to Spain; and why we put up walls between two countries that have been sampling each other's cultures for so long. The LA Times arts writer Carolina Miranda talks to DnA about a subset of this cross-pollination: the "colonial californiano" buildings in 1930s Mexico City copied from Hollywood's "Spanish-style" architecture. Describing the exchange as a cultural "hall of mirrors," she says, "It is not American culture. It is not Mexican culture. It goes back and forth. People are influenced by each other's culture. People build on each other's culture. People appropriate each other's culture all the time. And that's what you see going on here."
Exhibit celebrates Latin American influence on art and culture in LA The massive arts series called Pacific Standard Time officially launches its latest series next week. It’s called “PST: LA/LA,” and it runs through January. There will be more than 80 exhibitions in museums and galleries across Southern California. It won’t just be visual art. There are concerts on the schedule, too. The organizers call it “an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.”
Two new photo exhibits in LA focus on working class life Star Montana’s new exhibit, “I Dream of Los Angeles,” is now on view at the Main Museum in downtown LA. It includes portraits of young, working class people trying to hold onto their dreams amid crime and poverty. Also at the Getty Center, there’s an exhibit up called “Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of ‘In Flagrante.’” Killip’s images are of industrial towns in northeastern England in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.