FROM Jerome Ackerman
The Ackermans: A Designing Couple Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman on opening night of A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 2011. Image: Noel Bass There's perhaps no better topic for the day after Valentine's Day than the husband-and-wife design team Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, who have turned their passion for design into a lifetime creative partnership. The mid-century designers are well-known for their iconic ceramics, tile mosaics, woodcarvings and textiles, many of which are on show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in an exhibition named A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 2011 . Frances visits the 91- and 87-year-old designers at their Culver City home to hear about their lives as a designing couple. Selection of functional ceramic vessels, slip-cast earthenware, Jerome Ackerman, 1953-59. Image: Steve Oliver Young Warrior, glass-tile mosaic, Evelyn Ackerman, 1955. Image: Steve Oliver
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?
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."