ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - MOCA Geffen Contemporary - September 13th - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Step and Repeat</em> is a multi-disciplinary program of performance art, music and sound art, comedy, and poetry and marks MOCA's return to live arts programming, a crucial part of the museum's historical identity. Stretching across four Saturdays this fall, <em>Step and Repeat</em> will present a mash-up of new voices from across the United States, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:42:11 +0000 Kay Sekimachi, Bob Stocksdale - Mingei International Museum - San Diego - September 13th - March 15th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This new exhibition presents an inspiring, retrospective view of work by two of America&rsquo;s foremost pioneers in contemporary craft. Kay Sekimachi (1926-) and Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003) married in 1972. Seen together, their 50 years of work has a true poetic resonance.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hailed as a father of American woodturning, Stocksdale revitalized the craft of lathe-turned bowls, beginning in the 1950s. In his exquisite works, he unveiled a compelling beauty in diseased and in rare woods, of which many are now endangered. Serpentine or ellipsoidal shapes&mdash; seemingly impossible to turn&mdash; are among his innovations. The exhibition features, for the first time on view, an example of his one-of-kind furniture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sekimachi is an influential master of complex weave structures in both off-loom and on multiple-harness loom techniques. Transparent marine creatures were the inspiration for her interlocking hangings in monofilament (fish line.) With these majestic pieces she ascended to the forefront of contemporary fiber art during the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout her sixty-year career she has created unique works of art in such natural materials as skeletal leaves, hornet&rsquo;s nest paper, and grass. The exhibition includes examples of&nbsp;her translucent&nbsp;sculptural hangings&nbsp;and room&nbsp;dividers,&nbsp;along with other&nbsp;woven forms &ndash;accordion-formatted books, vibrant scrolls, seamless nesting boxes, and jewelry.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Exhibition curator Signe Mayfield has authored the 210-page book of the same title, featuring scores of beautiful object photos. It includes essays by Melissa Leventon (former Curator-in-Charge of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and founding member of Curatrix Group of museum consultants) and John C. Lavine (former editor of <em>Woodwork Magazine</em> and furniture maker.)</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:40:39 +0000 - Long Beach Museum of Art - March 7th - September 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Boats &amp; Harbors</em> examines the work of artists who worked, lived, or visited Southern California and painted local waterfront and harbor scenes along the coast and in San Pedro. All of these artworks, with the exception of one, are selected from the Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection for their subject matter of boats and harbors and span the time period of the early 1930s to 2010.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:33:46 +0000 - Long Beach Museum of Art - June 8th - August 31st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Concepts of Beauty</em>, a joint exhibition curated in partnership with Millikan High School&rsquo;s Museum Studies Program, explores the meaning of beauty in all of its forms. Students used various forms of art including paintings, mixed media, and more to define what beauty means to them. From the environment to culture and much more this student exhibition exemplifies beauty in all of its form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Concepts of Beauty</em> serves as the final exhibition for the 2013-14 academic year and showcases student artwork from Millikan&rsquo;s Art Department. This partnership began in 2012 and provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand the process of coordinating an exhibition. The students in the Museum Studies Program curate, plan exhibits, and manage Millikan&rsquo;s on-campus art gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This educational program was generously funded in part by Toyota TABC, Inc.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:32:02 +0000 Luis Fileto - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:29:09 +0000 Juan Delgado, Thomas McGovern - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:53 +0000 Linda Vallejo - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:25 +0000 Guillermo Bert - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:05 +0000 Peter Alexander, Albert Contreras, Nancy Rubins, Manuel Neri, Tom Wudl - Laguna Art Museum - June 29th - September 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">This selection of highlights from the museum&rsquo;s collection features representational paintings in the California Gallery and abstract works from the 1960s to the present in the Steele Gallery. On view are new acquisitions by Peter Alexander, Albert Contreras, Nancy Rubins, Manuel Neri, and Tom Wudl, each a stellar example of the artist&rsquo;s work.<br /> .<br /> Laguna Art Museum&rsquo;s mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum&rsquo;s collection consists of over 3,500 works from the early nineteenth century to the present day. All periods and styles of California art are represented.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:21:34 +0000 - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - September 13th - January 4th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ten dimunitive quilts chosen from the museum's collection, all of them made for children, reflect the same meticulous stitching and geometric patterns that have been used to create full-size bedcovers in the United States for centuries. The traditional art of quilting perfectly marries functionality and aesthetics; quilts provide warmth and protection while presenting strikingly beautiful decorative designs.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Quilting is defined by the small, often decorative stitches joining three key elements: the quilt&rsquo;s top, the backing, and the soft wool or cotton battling in between. Variations in the application and arrangement of blocks, sashes and other details create an extensive range in the design and appearance of the artworks.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Although fancier quilts were initially the purview of women of means, quilts made of recycled fabrics from clothing and scraps of household or commercial textiles were also produced for practical uses.&nbsp; Technological advances in the 18th and 19th centuries dramatically expanded the textile industry and the availability of textiles to the average woman, transforming quilting from a useful endeavor to a popular aesthetic pursuit.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:12:41 +0000 Morton Bartlett - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - August 30th - January 31st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">For nearly thirty years, Morton Bartlett (United States, 1909&ndash;1992) had a secret artistic passion. In 1936, at the age of twenty-seven, he began to create fifteen lifelike dolls, twelve girls and three boys, ranging in age from eight to sixteen. He carved and painted their bodies in exacting detail to imitate live flesh and stitched their intricate costumes by hand. Bartlett then staged the completed dolls on studio sets of his own design and shot them with his Brownie camera. Even close friends were unaware of the vast body of portraits he produced in this private pursuit. Bartlett ceased photographing his dolls in 1963, and it was not until his death in 1992 that they were found, neatly packed and locked away in a cupboard in his Boston brownstone.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The dolls, mute and inanimate, are brought to life through Bartlett&rsquo;s camera. His costuming and staging imbues the figures with emotional and psychological depth, enlivening them with individual personalities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to a selection of color photographs of the dolls, this installation features working materials from Bartlett&rsquo;s personal archive, never before exhibited in a public institution. Borrowed from the collection of Barry Sloane, this material places Bartlett&rsquo;s doll photographs into dialogue with his commercial and amateur photographic practice.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:09:25 +0000 Group Show - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - August 24th - March 22nd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In an attention-compromised age when images are instant and prevalent, abstract painting serves as a contradiction, acting as a conduit for the mark of the original, individual artist. While most of the work in the exhibition has been recently created and acquired, additional paintings culled from LACMA&rsquo;s collection illustrate how artists have reanimated techniques and forms using other sources that are appropriated from popular culture, photography, and collage, essentially creating a new variation of abstract painting.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting</em> presents 29 artists whose work reflects the language and style of abstraction.</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:05:18 +0000 - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - August 24th - November 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">Originated by the Smithsonian Institution&rsquo;s National Museum of African Art, and curated by Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, <em>African Cosmos: Stellar Arts</em> is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. For millennia, Africans have gazed upon the celestial firmament, made sense of the heavenly bodies above them, and used their observations to chart their movements through the physical environment and regulate their agricultural and ritual calendars.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition considers how the sun, moon and stars, as well as celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows, serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from ancient times to the present. An outstanding selection of works ranges from ancient Egyptian sculptures to traditional Dogon masks of Mali, and from Yoruba divination instruments from Nigeria to evocative light projections and other works by contemporary South African artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><strong><a href=";submit=Go" target="_blank"><strong>Buy the book.&nbsp;</strong></a></strong></strong></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:01:47 +0000 Marsden Hartley - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - August 3rd - November 30th <div class="field field-name-field-description field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition features the work of influential American modernist painter Marsden Hartley (1877&ndash;1943). Approximately twenty-five of the artist&rsquo;s seminal works from his years spent in Berlin (1913&ndash;1915) reveal the profound impact of World War I and elucidate the artist's appropriation of military symbols and Native American motifs. Hartley&rsquo;s paintings from this period reflect dynamic shifts in style and subject matter, and evidence a critical moment in his body of work. The&nbsp;exhibition,&nbsp;organized by the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, in collaboration with LACMA, coincides with the centennial commemoration of World War I. The presentation in Los Angeles marks the first exhibition of Hartley's work in Southern California in over thirty years, and the first focused exhibition of Hartley&rsquo;s Berlin paintings in the United States since they were created.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Buy the Book</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition was organized by Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was made possible through a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. &nbsp;This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:50:27 +0000 Sam Durant - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - August 3rd - November 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C.</em> (2005), a large-scale installation by Los Angeles artist Sam Durant, is presented at LACMA for the first time since entering the museum&rsquo;s collection in 2013. The work takes as its starting point monuments found throughout the United States commemorating those killed during the &ldquo;Indian wars&rdquo; between Native Americans and white settlers. These conflicts occurred intermittently for more than 200 years, from the first colonial settlements in the 1600s through the closing of the western frontier in 1890. </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring scaled-down replicas of actual massacre memorials, Durant&rsquo;s installation is based on the artist&rsquo;s proposal that 30 monuments be relocated from their current sites to a stretch of the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Imposing in its physical presence,&nbsp;the work questions historical attitudes toward Native Americans, while also confronting larger issues of&nbsp;American history and the role of public monuments in shaping our conceptions of the past.</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:47:03 +0000 Mario GarcĂ­a Torres - Hammer Museum - September 13th - January 4th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In 1968&nbsp;the Directors Guild of America created the pseudonym Alan Smithee for directors wishing to disown potentially disastrous projects. In the intervening years, Alan Smithee has amassed one of the film and television industry&rsquo;s most extensive and indistinguishable filmographies. Though the name is less common today as it once was, Alan Smithee is widely regarded as a prolific and legendary auteur, whose collection of flops made by countless filmmakers tells a story of disavowal, shame, the ambivalences of anonymity, and the cultivation of public personae. Mexico City-based artist <strong>Mario Garcia Torres</strong>&rsquo;s one-act monologue, written as Smithee&rsquo;s imagined tell-all, casts the fictitious director as a central protagonist in a new single-channel video. Performed by an actor whose delivery aims to embody the internal struggles of a faceless character, and filmed using a visual vocabulary inherited from professional keynote lectures, motivational speeches, and the now ubiquitous TED talk, Garcia Torres&rsquo;s video speculates on Smithee&rsquo;s fraught biography and explores the complex relationship between artistic work and its audiences.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Hammer Projects: Mario Garcia Torres</em> is organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi.</span></p> <div id="c4177" class="csc-default csc-typography" style="text-align: justify;"> <h1 class="tx-t3site-header-style-default"><span style="font-size: small;">Biography</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Mario Garcia Torres&nbsp;(b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico) is an artist currently living in Mexico City. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013); the Museo Reina Sof&iacute;a, Madrid (2010); the Fundaci&oacute; Joan Mir&oacute;, Barcelona (2009); Kunsthalle Z&uuml;rich (2008); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007). He has also participated in such international exhibitions as the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); the 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the 29th S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial (2010); and the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Garcia Torres&rsquo;s exhibition at the Hammer Museum is the first solo presentation of his work in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005.</span></p> </div> <div id="c4176" class="csc-default csc-typography"> <p class="small" style="text-align: justify;">Hammer Projects is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Maurice Marciano and Paul Marciano; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.<br /><br />Additional support is provided by Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the Decade Fund; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.</p> </div> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:22:29 +0000