5 design things to do this week

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Artists take on mass media, architectural photographs from postwar Germany, a deep dive into Louis Kahn’s buildings, discover the magic behind Pixar’s animation, and two shows at Annenberg that celebrate marginalized communities. Here are five things to do this holiday week.

The Media as muse in Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media

In the relentless, 24/7 world of broadcast and online journalism, truth can become blurred by constant breaking news alerts, opinion masquerading as objective journalism and shouting matches between pundits. This past election cycle has, in particular, tested the news media’s abilities while bringing into question whether audiences seek information or confirmation. The Getty Center’s exhibition “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media,” on view Dec. 20 to April 30, explores how artists interpret journalistic coverage of current events. The survey spans the last half century and includes photographs, video and collage by Catherine Opie, Robert Heinecken, Donald Blumberg, Sarah Charlesworth and many others.  See DnA producer Avishay Artsy’s complete preview here.  For related talks at the Getty Center click here.

When: Opens Dec 20 (runs through April 30, 2017)

Where: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tickets: Free, but Getty Center parking costs $15.

Pitheads 1974 Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher 1931-2007, 1934-2015 Purchased 1974 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01922
Pitheads 1974 Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2)  Christopher W. Mount Gallery Closing Exhibition: “Curatorial Adventures”

As of the end of this year, the Christopher W. Mount Gallery — which displays drawings, sketches, models, prints, art experiments and photography by prominent figures engaged in the design arts — will be closing its brick and mortar space at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Although sales of works will continue, founder Christopher Mount will be concentrating more energy on publications, archiving/estate activities, and curatorial endeavors. The gallery’s final exhibition “Curatorial Adventures” will draw on highlights of some of the gallery’s well-received exhibitions, such as “When the Future had Fins” and “Mapping the Information Age,” in addition to a selection of architectural renderings and sketches from the gallery’s collection. The featured exhibition is Early Architectural Photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher.  A primary portion of the installation will be devoted to a new selection of over sixty architectural photographs by Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla Becher (1934–2015). The Bechers’ black-and-white photographs began as a project in the late 1950s to obsessively record and document the vanishing industrial building types of postwar Germany.

While at the gallery, be sure to check out Rick Owens: Furniture at MOCA at the PDC mentioned in last week’s 5 design things list.

When: Closing Wednesday, Dec. 28

Where: Christopher Mount Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Suite B267, 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood 90069

Tickets: Free

The Salk Institute in La Jolla is a perfect example of Louis Kahn’s ‘monumental’ and ‘inspirational’ work.

3) Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first retrospective of Louis Kahn’s work in two decades, presenting over 200 objects related to Kahn’s selected buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, films and more.  Considered a touchstone of 20th century architecture, Kahn believed design should be both monumental and inspirational.  The exhibition at The San Diego Museum of Art will be accompanied by Shape, Shadow, Space, an exhibition of architectural photography from students at Woodbury University School of Architecture.

When: Through January 31, 2017

Where: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: Free with admission, $8-$15.

Related Events:

Listen to DnA for an interview with Sam Lubell about Louis Kahn and midcentury modern architecture on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 pm.

Jan 9, 2017: Architect and Museum docent Ross Sutherland presents an overview of the special exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Details here.

Jan 13, 2017: The Academy Award-nominated documentary My Architect follows Louis Kahn’s son’s journey to reconcile the life and work of his father.  Details here.

It’s hard to believe that adorable Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. was born from imagination and bits and bytes. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

4) The Science Behind Pixar at the California Science Center

Peek behind the curtain and see how engineering and technology turn into movie-magic.  This interactive exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar animation and how the marriage of creativity and science can result in the memorable characters and stories loved by kids and adults alike.  Character photo ops available.  Due to the popularity of this exhibit, we advise purchasing tickets in advance.

When: Ongoing through April 16, 2017.  Daily 10 – 5.  Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Where: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Tickets: Timed and ticketed exhibit: $7.95-$14.95.  Get tickets here.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders “The List Portraits” calls attention to people from marginalized communities who have overcome obstacles to achieve success. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) Annenberg Space for Photography: Identity and #Girlgaze

This beautiful little exhibition space is one of our favorites. Conceived as a cultural destination, each exhibit features world-class photography as a catalyst for culturally relevant discussions. It’s just across the street from Century City’s largest shopping center, so you can take a break from your holiday shopping (and returns) to spend an hour nurturing your soul.

IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, The List Portraits is comprised of 151 large-format photographs of pioneers in five distinct (but often overlapping) groups. Each installment (The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s ListThe Out List and The Trans List) focuses on people who have overcome obstacles to achieve success in disparate walks of life.

#girlgaze: a frame of mind is an interactive, digitally driven exhibit that maps the imaginative landscape of young, female and trans-identifying photographers from around the world. Largely sourced through social media, the images reflect on everything from identity and standards of beauty to relationships, mental health and creativity.

When: Ongoing through Feb 26, 2017.  Wednesday-Sunday, 11 – 6.  Special holiday hours.

Where: Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tickets: Free. $3 validated parking in the building (entrance on Constellation), so make sure to bring your ticket.