California’s Designing Women at the Autry National Center

Edith Heath United States, 1911–2005 Plate, handmade c. 1946. Vase, handmade, c. 1950.  Dinnerware c. 1948 to c. 1968, manufactured by Heath Ceramics

Dinnerware from Heath Ceramics represents some of the most design-savvy and beautiful objects for the table, and …

11.8.12

Mapplethorpe Moves to Los Angeles

Significant art and associated archives from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation have been jointly obtained by the Getty Museum, LACMA, and Getty Research Institute, and this week marks the start of a partnership to protect and preserve the work of the …

10.23.12

Creating the United States at the Skirball Cultural Center

An election year offers the opportunity to contemplate the marvels of the Founding Fathers breaking apart from Great Britain and creating the democratic nation that we enjoy (and vote in) today. A new exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, Creating

10.11.12

Mad about Metzker: The Photography of Ray K Metzker and the Institute of Design

City Whispers: Los Angeles, negative 1981; print 2006 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation

The image above is the one Metzker photo with which I was familiar before heading into the Getty Center’s new show …

10.5.12

MacArthur Foundation “Genius Awards”

The Class of 2012 MacArthur Fellows were announced today – worth taking a look at the diversity of genius in our time. Here is Uta Barth, a photographer living here in LA. Coolest part of this whole deal is that …

10.2.12

Ice Age Encounters moves to The Page Museum

Working together with the Jim Henson Creature Shop, the Natural History Museum has made such a life-like creation that you’ll swear the Tar Pits have yielded up a magical creature.  Shows start Wednesday, September 12 and kids will love to …

9.6.12

Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty

With so many last minute summer errands to get done, we understand how hard it is to get out of the house and experience a day of culture in L.A. But trust us – Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty …

8.27.12

What a 1971 MGB, Tory Burch’s fall line and Hitchcock’s Vertigo have in common

It started with a conversation between my husband and my kids about a car he once owned… an MGB convertible that brought him from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, years ago. Sadly, the story also involves me selling said mythic …

8.16.12

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life at the Norton Simon Museum

The words “still life” and “family-friendly” don’t often find themselves in the same sentence, however the cleverly-curated show at the Norton Simon Museum might change your notion of what kids find intriguing. With bugs and butterflies, Breugel and Picasso and …

7.29.12