Edmund de Waal, whose books illuminate his studio art practice and vice versa, making for a joyful, if rambling, journey down the rabbit hole of his wide-ranging artistic fascinations. Now is an apt time to consider de Waal’s oeuvre, as the august Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills is currently featuring his new ceramics.
One rainy day last weekend, I found myself in the Hammer Bookstore, one of my favorite places. I'd ventured out to see the new portraits by Catherine Opie, the LA photographer whose work is hanging simultaneously in two places around town. And, I fell in love.
The Bowers Museum has a terrific exhibit of Diego Rivera watercolors illustrating Popol Vuh, an epic tale recording the origins, traditions, legends and history of the Quiché-Maya people from the dawn of creation until contact with the Spanish. After seeing the famous painter's work, stroll one block to the newly high-tech Kidseum.
My favorite adult reads of 2015 were (in order of most recently devoured): A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.
Where can you pose with a polar bear in a snowstorm and snuggle up in a Zen Den to watch a live cam of polar bears in migration? At The Annenberg Space for Photography's Pearls of the Planet Live Cam, a creative immersive light and sound experience that helps kids learn about the migratory habits of polar bears.
The holidays offer a natural time to consider how each of us can make a difference in our increasingly complex world. As we prepare abundant meals for loved ones and consider our gifts for the holidays, it's a natural time for reflection on how to give back. We are aways inspired by examples of meaningful social change, and so recommend a new, highly interactive exhibition that has just opened at the Skirball Cultural Center.
TOUCH: Original Artworks Paired with Photographic Portraits by Jim McHugh is an art experience at the El Segundo Museum of Art and features McHugh’s portraits of L.A. artists from the 1960s to today - including rarely seen vintage Polaroids and original 8x10 transparencies.
For thirty-five years the Conservancy has offered fascinating walking tours of Downtown L.A., introducing countless Angelenos to the rich history and culture that the area’s architecture has to offer. This year they are marking the 35th anniversary of their walking tour program with special programs, including new youth and family tours of the marvelous Union Station.