FROM Carolina Miranda
National Park Service addresses race and civil rights The National Park Service was founded 100 years ago to preserve the country’s natural beauty and historic sites. In the last 20 years or so, NPS has added sites that tell stories about the Japanese internment, forcible desegregation in the South, and the plight of migrant farmworkers.
Court rules Norton Simon Museum can keep Nazi-looted masterpieces Another case of art taken by the Nazis from Jews during World War II has been working its way through the California courts. At stake are two of the Norton Simon Museum’s most prized masterpieces: 500-year-old German renaissance paintings of Adam and Eve. However, unlike in some other cases in recent years, a California district court judge has ruled the museum has a right to keep the art.
An explosion of public art We've been hearing two things about Los Angeles in recent years. It's fast-becoming an art capital, and it's embracing public space, with new parks, public transit, a reclaimed river and more. But are the two connected? Because if you drive, walk or take the train right now you will see a lot of art. The list includes: the recent Current LA: Water public art biennial that put conceptual art installations relating to the theme of water, in far-flung corners of the city; Liquid Shard, the floaty tinselly wing suspended over Pershing Square by Patrick Shearn that drew crowds to the unloved park; artworks at each station on the new Gold Line and Expo Line Extensions; and a bumper crop of new murals across the region.
Artist Jeff Koons's Workers Artist Jeff Koons is famous for his exuberant and colorful balloon animal sculptures. But all that joy and whimsy has been popped by a reported labor dispute, which has put the artist at odds with the people who forge, assemble and paint his sculptures.
What Will Happen to USC’s Art & Design MFA Program? The last remaining student has withdrawn from the MFA program at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. Hae Ann Kwon sent out a pointed email to the school and the media saying that she was “participating in a sham.” Her departure from the school comes a year after the previous class withdrew in protest over changes in the program. What will happen to the program long-term?
Running and Eating Through LA Back in January, three friends decided to train for the Hollywood Half Marathon. But instead of running around a track, they decided to make their runs more interesting with big rewards - both food rewards and routes that take them past fun landmarks. In running and eating their way through L.A.’s urban landscape, they’ve covered 120 miles through the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, and the streets of Compton and Beverly Hills . At each destination, they share a meal that tells a story about the neighborhood they ran through.
L.A.’s Art Scene Expands with Two New Major Galleries When the Broad Museum opened in September, it helped solidify L.A.’s reputation as one of the art capitals of the world. Now there are two new galleries to add to the mix: Sprüth-Magers Gallery opened last month across from LACMA with a solo show of new work by John Baldessari and later this month, Swiss gallery owners Hauser and Wirth and former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel are slated to open a downtown Arts District spot.
The Pritzker Prize Can the poor have great design? Yes, according to architect Alejandro Aravena. This week he won the biggest prize in architecture, The Pritzker Prize. Aravena, 48, is from Chile. The Pritzker jury cited his innovative work in social housing and in rebuilding cities after natural disasters. In a recent TED talk, he said he tries to involve regular people in the design process. We get a primer on his work.
The Year in L.A. Art This year was a big one for art in Los Angeles. The city saw exciting new museum launches, acclaimed art shows and a growing acceptance as a place for cutting edge high and low culture. Madeleine gets a primer on the year in art and culture in L.A.
Latino Voters Last night at the Latin Grammys, Mexican rockers Maná were joined by norteño legends Los Tigres del Norte to sing the immigrant anthem “We Are More American.” After the song, they unfurled a banner that said in Spanish "Latinos united, don't vote for racists.”
Tijuana Culture Tijuana went from party city to war zone in the space of a single year. It was 2008 and a wave of brazen narco violence had washed over the city; homicides had tripled from the previous year. Businesses shuttered, tourism dried up, the people of the city lived in fear for their lives, and a burgeoning arts scene went into hibernation. But today, the arts scene is coming back in a big way.
A Global Art Museum Boom, and More Showy Building Skins The Broad has opened -- but the story doesn't stop there. It is just one of numerous new museums built worldwide in the last few years. What's fueling the art museum binge? DnA talks art, money and what drives the public to museums, with CSULB's Nizan Shaked and the LA Times' Carolina Miranda. The Broad has a much discussed skin that exemplifies "parametric" design. It was built by Matt Construction and they are busy on another LA building with an even showier skin, and it's causing a strong reaction: the Petersen Automotive Museum . With architect Elizabeth Diller, Curbed LA's Marissa Gluck and Carolina Miranda.
Will the Broad Museum Change LA? The Broad is trying to be a different kind of museum -- no admissions desk, no security guards in the traditional "don’t touch" sense -- they’re supposed to be more like guides, helping you understand the art. And the museum also hopes to jumpstart a different experience downtown.
Rent and the Creative Class In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA. But rents continue to rise – at upwards of twice the national average, according to some statistics – and housing prices are through the roof.
Latino Bilingual TV Journalist Carolina Miranda brings us this story. In the coming months two new cable channels aimed at the young bilingual Latino audience will launch. Fusion is a collaboration between ABC and Univision; and El Rey is in part the brainchild of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. They join the growing channels trying to reach this hard to find audience.
Carolina Miranda Carolina Miranda is a reporter who grew up “in the mind of William Pereira,” in the City of Irvine. She decided to learn more about a man whose work is hidden in plain sight. Along the way she concluded that while some of his buildings are worth preserving, those at LACMA are not. “Perhaps it’s time to let another architect imagine the future,” she concludes. “I, for one, am ready to live in someone else’s head.”
Mayor Garcetti on housing, homelessness, and sanctuary rhetoric LA Mayor Garcetti explains his plans to create more housing and help get the homeless out of tent encampments. Also, is he going to run for governor?
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.