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!
Chicago, from a negative from 1958 (print from 1985) by Ray K. Metzer. Part of the exhibit The Photographs of Ray K. Metzer and the Institute of Design, at the Getty Museum. Through February 24, in West L.A. (Image courtesy of the Getty Museum.)
- NYC: Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hitsu, 1761-1828, at the Japan Society. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Adults in the Dark: Avant Garde Animation, a film festival at the Museum of Arts and Design. Going on now, in Midtown.
- NYC: Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens today, in Brooklyn.
- NYC: The New York Art Book Fair, at MoMA PS1. Today through Sunday in Long Island City.
- NYC: Brooklyn Commons: Martha Rosler and Michael Arcega, an artist talk, at ISCP. Next Tuesday, October 2nd, at 6:30pm in Williamsburg.
- Chicago: Woyzeck on the Highveld, a collaboration between Handspring Puppet Company and William Kentridge, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Performances run through Sunday. (If I lived in Chicago, you’d find me at this event. It sounds incredible.)
- Plus: Joerg Colberg responds to my response to his essay about photos of the dead… Interesting debate.