director, art curator and historian
FROM James Crump
'Troublemakers' In the 1970’s, New York artists began moving into large empty lofts in neglected downtown neighborhoods like SoHo. With all that space, their art got bigger and bigger – a perfect match for the egos of the nouveau riche collectors of the go-go ‘80s. But for some artists, even the lofts were too small. They left their studios altogether to work on a really monumental scale, using the earth as a canvas and the backhoe as their paintbrush. A new documentary tells the story of the “land art” pioneers like Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, and Walter De Maria. Madeleine speaks with the director.
Who is winning the fight to control LA’s public schools? Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Who was the terrorist and what does the attack mean for Manchester’s immigrant community? Also, we talk to newly elected LAUSD school board member Kelly Gonez and Alex Caputo-Pearl, head of the LA teachers union, about the most expensive school board race in the country’s history, the conflict between the union and charter school supporters, and the future of LA’s public schools.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.
The Art of Manufacturing, Apple's new headquarters What's one mile around, has a four-story glass door, and looks like a spaceship? DnA gets a tour of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino. And we learn about Los Angeles' creative economy, and why LA is a hotbed for manufacturing.
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.