Category: Museums

Calendar. 01.22.14.

William J. O'Brien, Untitled, 2011. Collection of Howard and Donna Stone. Image courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.
Untitled, 2011, by William O’Brien. Part of the artist’s solo show, William J. O’Brien, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.)

Calendar. 10.09.13.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites. 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. ( Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com)
Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. Part of the exhibit Mike Kelley, at MoMA PS1. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Photograph by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com.)

Calendar. 09.27.13.

9th Street Exhibition, 1951 by Robert Motherwell (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Photo: Courtesy Dedalus Foundation, Inc.) 9th Street Exhibition, 1951 by Robert Motherwell. Part of the exhibit Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens today. (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Courtesy of the Dedalus Foundation.)

Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha's documentation notes from

There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…

The Getty currently has a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!

Calendar. 09.18.13.

Film still from Una dia De Vida, directed by Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez, 1950, at LACMA. (Copyright Televisa Foundation)
Film still from Una dia De Vida, directed by Emilio ‘El Indio’ Fernandez, 1950. From the exhibit Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opens on Sunday. Saw this show at the preview, by the way, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. Do not miss. (Image courtesy of the Televisa Foundation.)

Bits and scraps: An installation about all that remains after we die.

Nothing Else Left, 2013 by Adriana Salazar at the Grand Central Art Center
A view of Nothing Else Left, 2013, at the Grand Central Art Center. (Photo by C-M.)

Colombian artist Adriana Salazar has a pair of very stirring installations at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and the California-Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. My story about her work (and her very unusual research methods) is now up at KCRW. Please tune in!

Calendar. 07.24.13.

Pereira and Luckman, Original LAX Scheme, Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center
The original scheme for LAX, by the firm of Pereira and Luckman. From the exhibition Never Built L.A., at the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles; opening Sunday. (Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center.)