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.
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.
The California Science Center is hosting the travelling exhibition and 3-D film Journey to Space, which explore what it is like to live and work in space today, and what the future of space exploration holds. Since a visit to the Science Center also offers the opportunity to stand before the mighty Space Shuttle Endeavor, the museum is presently offering a high-impact trio of experiences for space enthusiasts, including several moments along the way where the local SoCal connection is noted.
Photography buffs take note: LACMA's new Rain Room, which opens on Sunday, November 1 and is open through March 6, 2016, is a challenge to capture on film. Instagram is already flooded with shots from previous installations in London and New York. Some are quite good, but from what we've seen, none really captures the intangible magic of the experience. And, that is exactly what the artists are exploring: the irresistible, but vexing, tension between nature and technology in our every day lives.
Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, has written a book that covers the topic that most of us think about almost every day: what is going on with our kids and the (ever present) technology in their lives? Dr. Uhls discusses the research behind our nagging questions, and concludes that kids readily adapt to the social and educational environments in which they operate. Our job, as parents, is to teach them to do that wisely and safely.