Tagged: LACMA

Calendar. 01.25.12.

In the Box-Horizontal, 1962, by Ruth Bernhard. Part of the exhibit In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opening this Sunday. (Image courtesy of the Ruth Bernard Archive, Princeton University Art Museum.)

Photo Diary: California Design at LACMA.

OMFG, yes: lobster swimsuits by Mary Ann DeWeese, on view at LACMA as part of the California Design show.

The Avanti, designed in 1961 by Raymond Loewy. I would wear my lobster swimsuit while I drove this around.

A pamphlet advertising the City of Lakewood — L.A.’s first planned community. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read D.J. Waldie’s Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, then get on it. He covers this very subject.

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Calendar. 11.03.11.

Marriage of Martin de Loyola to Princess Doña Beatriz, and Don Juan Borja to Princess Lorenza, by an unknown painter from Peru’s Cuzco School, in the 18th century. Part of the exhibit Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World, at LACMA. Opens Sunday, in the Fairfax District. (Image courtesy of the Museo Pedro Osma, Lima.)

Relentless Self-Promotion: On Studio 360 talking Asco.

Spraypaint LACMA, 1972. (Image courtesy of Harry Gamboa.)

Hey Folks:

I did a feature story on the L.A. Chicano art collective Asco for Studio 360 (complete with reference to Chihuahua skulls), tied to their big retrospective at LACMA. It’s my first big piece for Studio 360, so please have a listen!!


Calendar. 07.14.11.

Untitled, 1985, by Yayoi Kusama. Part of the exhibit Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra, Jr., Karla Diaz and Slanguage Studio Select From the Permanent Collections, at LACMA. Through September 25, in the Fairfax District. Mario and Karla are the coolest peeps ever. Go see this show!!! (Image courtesy of LACMA.)

  • L.A.: Distant Star, an exhibition inspired by the writings of Roberto Bolaños, at Regen Projects. Opens today.
  • L.A.: Cordy Ryman and Kiel Johnson, Construct, at Mark Moore. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • S.F.: Division of Labor, a four-day performance arts fest, with Nao Bustamente, Leticia Castaneda, Daniel Blomquist and many others, at The Lab. Kicks off Friday at 8pm.
  • Chicago: Amy Casey, Boomtown, at Zg Gallery. Opens Friday, at 5:30pm.
  • NYC: Box Hockey closing party at Pandemic Gallery. This Friday at 8pm. This will be the most fun you’ll have with a broom handle and a hockey puck. Do. Not. Miss. Also: Bring Band-Aids.
  • London: The Animation Show, at the Barbican. Through September 11. If anything, be sure to click through and watch Run Wrake’s rabbit animation. Whoa.
  • Plus: Get the rest of my NYC listings over at Gallerina — complete with Muppets!!!

The Digest. 01.31.11.

Soap Bubbles, after 1739, by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. (Courtesy of LACMA.)

And while you’re at LACMA…

Things that make you go duuuuude: The 2000 Sculpture, by Walter de Maria, at the museum’s new Resnick Pavilion. (Image courtesy of Museum Associates/LACMA.)

Last week, I also got a peek at LACMA’s new Renzo Piano-designed Resnick Pavilion, which will officially open to the public in early October. The building is currently home to a pretty spectacular Walter De Maria piece composed of 2000 individual plaster rods in different polygonal shapes. The piece is totally insane. (I would have loved to have spent the entire day inside the pavilion, with a camping chair and Slurpee.) Better yet, the building is largely empty — there are no display walls to divvy the space up. And it is damn amazing — airy, graceful, totally elevating. And waaaaay better than BCAM, which I still think looks kinda like a 1970s junior high school on steroids.

The Resnick Pavilion is not currently open in a steady way to the public. But the museum is hosting occasional “Flash Visits” to allow folks to visit. There’s Flash Visits going on today and tomorrow. Follow the museum’s blog, Unframed, for future Flash Visit dates. It’ll be worth the trouble.

Photo Diary: John Baldessari’s ‘Pure Beauty’ at LACMA.

And whenever possible, add a unicorn. Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966-68 by John Baldessari. (Photos by C-M.)

While I was in L.A., I managed to pop into LACMA for a brief jaunt through the John Baldessari retrospective that just opened this past Sunday. I have to admit that his work had always struck me as a little clinically conceptual  — the ultimate in art-industry inside-baseball. (Full disclosure: Prior to this show, my exposure to him had been limited to group shows.) But this exhibition, which gathers more than 150 objects dating back to the early ’60s, has convinced me that he has a very wry sense of humor, even if it’s an art-nerdy one.

In one video, he says “I am making art” over and over — an absurdist art mantra. In his Ghetto Boundary Project, from 1969, he marked the boundaries of a San Diego, Calif. ghetto (as defined by the local planning commission) with stickers — making him an O.G. street artist. In the seriously stonerrific video, Six Colorful Inside Jobs, from 1977, he has a house painter paint a small cube six different colors. I was hypnotized.

There are unusual photographic collages and arrangements and a giant brain sculpture that incorporates video of the viewer. (Yep, it was a head-trip.) Moreover, the imagery is saturated with Southern California — images of film stills, palm trees, blue skies and wide streets lined with bungalows. I really dug it.

Pure Beauty is up through Sept. 12. If for some reason, you can’t make it. There’s always his digital app, which lets users create their own 17th century Dutch still-life. Plus: read Christopher Knight’s review in the L.A. Times here.

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