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by Arely Villegas
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Posted by Arely Villegas on 5/13/13
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A Landscape After the Storm

by Arely Villegas
John Coplans’ essay, “Pasadena’s Collapse and the Simon Takeover: Diary of Disaster” written for in 1975, unravels the mirages and problems that the Pasadena Art Museum faced before being essentially purchased by ketchup mogul Norton Simon. Architects Lad + Kelsey's plan rode over the balance of architecture and beneficial exhibition space for their own design vision. The new building and location opened in late 1969 with a chaotic flurry of anticipation from the staff and artists, a... [more]
Posted by Arely Villegas on 5/19/13
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Anyway, / It’s always the other guy/ who dies

by Andrew Berardini
It’s always the other guy who dies. - Marcel Duchamp, the epitaph he wrote for his own grave   I wanted, but failed to want enough, to write this using the I Ching (the Chinese Book of Changes that divines through complex recipes for chance) as Cage did to compose his own words upon the death of Marcel Duchamp. The I Ching holds too many Eastern promises for me. “I don’t believe in I Ching.... I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.”Cage’s scramble of words on the sheets of... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 11/8/10
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