For those of you in the Bay Area that are lucky enough to enjoy a day off today, the Yerba Buena Center for the arts is holding “Sustaining the Dream Through Community and Service” at the Yerba Buena Gardens this afternoon, and local museums (MoAD and the Contemporary Jewish Museum) are offering free admission today. … Continue reading Art and the Community: MLK, Jr. Celebration in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens
Art will find you when you least expect it. While shopping in Pasadena today I found a small artist’s studio that invites visitors not to view art, but to become a part of it. Carly Steward’s “The Arrangement” creates “an ongoing collaborative installation between viewer and artist that explores elements of exhibition design such as lighting, wall … Continue reading Behind the Painting-A Brief Look at “The Arrangement”
In October I visited Chicago for a brief overnight trip, and was determined to make my way to the Art Institute. I had exactly one hour. Clearly my ambitions were outweighed by the sheer size of the Art Insititute’s collection, but luckily a docent was prepared to take my challenge head on by giving me a “one … Continue reading 60 Minutes in the Art Institute of Chicago
The only thing hotter than the 113° degree heat wave in Downtown L.A. was the firestorm created Friday by one little press release. DTLA’s famed Art Walk, a monthly event where visitors eat, drink and participate in self guided gallery tours was reportedly at risk when the Art Walk’s Director unceremoniously issued a press release stating … Continue reading Art, Drinks and Food Trucks: A Match Made in Heaven or a Recipe for Disaster?
Disclaimer: I am not an art critic, and did not study Art History. I’m simply crazy about Contemporary Art. In my quest for knowledge I slowly learn as I go, and while I’m not going to love, understand or appreciate everything I see, each museum exhibit or gallery visit I attend opens my eyes and … Continue reading The Impressionists and Guerilla Foodies: Exquisite Rebellion in Paris
Somewhere in the midst of Youtube videos, MP3s, digital downloads, Pandora, and Serato Scratch, a unique art form has been lost. Vinyl. It’s not just the gritty, raw sound of vinyl records that I love, but the art of the album cover is a unique medium in its own right. Album art complimented the artistic … Continue reading Fat Beats: “The Last Stop In Hip Hop” Reaches the End of the Line
It has been months since my visit to MoAD and I’ve been slightly preoccupied with this museum ever since. It wasn’t necessarily the gripping portrayals of the unimaginable horrors of the middle passage portrayed in the “Slavery Passage Gallery”. Nor was it the beautifully imposing glass encased portrait of a young African child greeting visitors … Continue reading Is Trouble Brewing at the Museum of African Diaspora?
After months of speculation and anxious anticipation by Contemporary Art patrons, Eli and Edythe Broad have chosen Downtown L.A.’s Grand Avenue as the location for “the Broad Collection”, the permanent home of their aquisitions representing over 50 years of Contemporary Art. L.A. Times Article Regarding Museum Site The new location affirms Broad’s vision for creating … Continue reading Eli Broad Picks Museum Site for Collection
I visited MOCA twice this summer and most recently I stopped by the museum to view Arshile Gorky: a Retrospective, which is the first exhibit brought to the museum by MOCA’s new Director Jeffrey Deitch. I was thrilled to see that the permanent collection, whose works include Giacometti, Rothko, Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock were still … Continue reading Arshile Gorky @ MOCA L.A.