FROM Carolina Miranda
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.
VR art exhibit shows harrowing experience of migrants Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” has a new exhibit at LACMA. It’s called “Carne y Arena,” and it uses virtual reality to simulate what it’s like for a refugee crossing the US-Mexico border.
Definition of home is at heart of a new LACMA exhibit LACMA’s “Home: So Different, So Appealing” features work by about 40 artists from the Americas. This is the first show in Pacific Standard Time, a collection of art exhibitions taking over Southern California museums, galleries, and performance spaces. The theme is the “exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles”
Inside the Guess founders' new modern art museum A brand new contemporary art museum opened Thursday in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd. The Marciano Art Foundation displays the art collection of Paul and Maurice Marciano, the founders of the fashion brand Guess.
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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?