This week’s awesomeness: 323 Projects, a gallery that’s nothing more than a phone line. This month and next, you can can dial in and get a few things off your chest to a close friend or family member — all courtesy of the artists JEFF&GORDON (that’s them, top left).
I spent an afternoon hanging at LACMA’s gallery at Charles White Elementary School, watching artist Shinique Smith and a crew of kids make a sculpture out of socks. In a city as sprawling as Los Angeles, it’s interesting to see an institution take bits of its collection off-campus in this way. Southern California could use more of this type of cultural decentralization…
Please click through and listen to my story and see pictures over on KCRW’s site!
…on a new artist-designed bridge in Arcadia. For more, head over to KCRW.com or listen below. Thaaaaanks! And happy 2013!
Have spent the better part of the last two months doing a two-part audio doc for WNYC on New York City during the time of the Abstract Expressionists. On top of learning all kinds of stuff. (A beer at the Cedar cost 15 cents and a cold-water flat went for $17 a month!) We also turned up some pretty rad vintage audio. This includes a 1960s-era interview of Peggy Guggenheim describing herself as the “enfant terrible of the Guggenheim family” and Robert Motherwell telling a particularly touching story about Mark Rothko in the early ’50s.
Anyhow, if you could click over, download and listen, I’d be forever grateful. And don’t laugh too hard. This is my first time doing something of this nature. (What I learned: Narrating is HARD.)
Many thanks to producer Ave Carrillo for her patience and support and mad editing skillz.
Anna May Wong, photographed by Edward Steichen in 1931. (Image courtesy of Condé Nast.)
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider downloading our C-Mon Museum Pot-Cast guide to Edward Steichen’s In High Fashion at the International Center of Photography. Make it a cheapie by going on a Friday evening, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when the museum operates on a more affordable donation system.
The show is up through May 3.
Ladies Man: Gary Cooper, photographed in 1930 by Edward Steichen. (Image courtesy of ICP.)
Make your way through the International Center of Photography‘s exhibit on Edward Steichen and you’ll see glamorous fashion models, hunky movie stars and lots of long-forgotten society types striking a pose. What you don’t get is any sort of real information on the people in the pictures. The wall labels provide names and dates — and not much else. Not even the exhibit catalogue (which weighs more than a small dog) will tell you, for example, about the uber-Catholic starlet who secretly gave birth to Clark Gable’s lovechild or the Greta Garbo-wannabe who immolated herself on a pyre of her own publicity.
To address this terrible oversight, I recently teamed up with Paris Bureau Chieftess Yvonne Connasse to create the very first C-Monster Pot-Cast: a 30-minute audio guide to the Steichen show that you can download and listen to as you tour the exhibit. We not only provide plenty of important background on Steichen and his time, but give you the dish on who was sleeping with who.
The podcast also provides listeners with a fine opportunity to admire my neolithic audio-editing skills and the many ways in which it is possible to massacre the English language. You can download or listen to the guide below. Likewise, you can subscribe to my feed on Soundcloud. (Oh, yes. There will be others. Eventually. We hope.)
Have fun at the museum. Steichen is up through May 3.
A lot of martinis were harmed in the making of this Pot-Cast.