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Spring Art Season
Carolyn Patricia Scott
3/15/2006
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Photo: David and Shirley Rowen

The first breath of spring is always scented with night-blooming jasmine. In Southern California the sleepy-headed season wakes with an appetite for the delicate-fleshed fruits that have just begun showing up in farmers’ markets. The local teams—the Dodgers and the Angels—stretch and warm up for baseball’s opening day. The Philharmonic is tuning up for the Bowl season. Health clubs experience a spike in enrollments, fueled by the holiday bingers desperate to get ready for summer. Some are cleaning out their closets. Everyone is working on or procrastinating about filing their taxes. And, though Angelinos are eating, ordering baseball or Bowl tickets, bending, stretching, sweeping or shuffling tax forms, they are also looking for the first signs of spring.

This is the time that the Southland gets an eyeful. Art blossoms like the season’s first flowers. Art is everywhere. Murals, sculptures, art installations and other public art works are spread out through Southern California. Los Angeles the “city of angels” is blessed with dozens of angel sculptures placed throughout the city. The “Community of Angels Sculptural Project” only hints at the breadth and scope of the region’s public art. Everything else is on display in the many Southern California museums and galleries, and these venues are set to offer a wide range of unique events and activities. 

A World Tribute to New Orleans

Revelers can join the parade in Carnaval UCLA. The University’s Fowler Museum has an exhibition of more than fifty elaborate costumes and numerous masks reflecting a range of masquerade and performance themes that represent traditions in these sites: Laza, Spain; Venice, Italy; Basel, Switzerland; Oruro, Bolivia; Tlaxcala, Mexico; Recife/Olinda, Brazil; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and New Orleans. The show closes April 23. 

On April 8, the Fowler is having its own carnival. Carnaval will feature performances by RätzClique, a thirty-person fife-and-drum corps from Basel, Switzerland, along with stilt walkers who’ll follow the parade route on April 8. At the end of the parade, the celebration continues with live stage performances by Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, who will provide a rhythmic mix of Latin-American salsa, African soukous, Caribbean calypso and soca music. Costumes dancers will shake it up amidst the performance stages, booths, face painting stations and food vendor stations. The public is invited to come in costume and join in. Groups and individuals can contact the museum and register to join the parade.



Photo: Jill Greenberg

End Times

Just as the Fowler’s Carnaval exhibition comes to a close, photographer Jill Greenberg’s photo exhibition “End Times” opens at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Beginning April 22, Greenberg’s large-format portraits open a space for political dialogue and social examination. This photographer and mother has captured her own intense distress over the world’s problems in the faces of crying toddlers. Greenburg explains “as a mother, I am quite familiar with how easily toddlers cry. I love the raw emotion of children, because it comes close to the anger and helplessness I feel about our current political and social situation.” The exhibition is free and opens with a reception on Saturday, April 22 at 6:00pm9 pm. The show runs through May 20.



Photo: Orange Crush

“Orange Crush” After Hours

 The eclectic facets of California are reflected in from Catherine Opie’s large format photographs on view at the Orange County Museum of Art. Opie’s subject matter documents everything from the development of a Valencia model housing project, to close studies of her own diverse neighborhood, to southland architecture, to gay subculture, to surfer portraits. This exhibition runs through September 4. Coordinate a trip to the museum with the monthly celebration Orange Crush. 

Every third Thursday of the month the museum presents free live music at this popular after-hours series. Southern California indie bands and DJs provide the entertainment. Partiers can have drinks at the Citrus Café. madman moon and DJ Sean Harris provide the sounds on March 16. The museum also hosts the Monday Night Lecture series that includes spoken word performances accompanied by local musicians. Contact the museum for the details.



Photo: Valentine Typewriter

Goya’s Portraits

April 8 is opening day for the San Diego Museum of Art’s exhibition of portraits by the Spanish master, Francisco de Goya. The museum has collaborated with Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Arte to assemble this large-scale exhibition of the artist’s work. In addition to reception, lectures, tours, a gala and related events, the museum celebrate with a Jazz in the Park: concert featuring the Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford Quartet with Houston Person on April 29. 

Turning 40

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating a birthday. As it turns 40, the institution is opening up some very special present Gifts in Honor of the Museum’s Anniversary. This expansive exhibition includes works from everyone from Miró and Warhol to the prints of Ed Ruscha. The exhibitions, coordinated with the Contemporary Art and Prints and Drawings departments, also features young French artists, Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau, who will present an ephemeral and site-specific drawing installation inspired by a selection of works by the 19th century Belgian artist, Félicien Rops. This exhibition will be a full retrospective of the edgy work of Ettore Sottsass who produced the quirky “Valentine Typewriter.” The museum continues its Sundays Live free chamber music concerts on Sundays at 6 pm.


Nights at the Getty

On April 9 the music of Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura is featured in one of the Sounds of LA concert series. Another of the museum’s performance series is Friday Nights at the Getty—Nashville-based singer-songwriter Steve Forbert headlines an upcoming concert in the series. Of course, the art is the thing at the Getty. The museum showcases an exploration of the human form, light and shape informs the works of French artist Edgar Degas, Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art and others. Museum admission is free; call for special events ticket prices. 

A Grand Opening

The Getty Villa, repository for the Getty Trust’s huge collection of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. The Latino Theater Company presents Liz Estrada as part of Villa Play Reading Series at the Villa. Estrada’s piece takes on the situation in the Middle East on May 13. Admission and series free; reservations required. 

A Little Night Music

Listen for a little Night Music by the Brass Pacifica at the Bowers Museum. These masters of the brass play everything from Mozart to Mancini on Thursday March 23. The museum is host to an intriguing collection of mummies and artifacts from ancient Egypt that ends in April 2007.


More Stuff to Do!

CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
600 State Drive
Exhibition Park
Wed-Sat, 10 am-4 pm; the first Sunday of the month, 11 a,-5 pm; Free.
213-744-2132.
www.caamuseum.org
There may be More Than Meets the Eye in the selected works of Romare Bearden and Thomas H. Benton, Elizabeth Catlett, David Hammons, Dan McCleary and Leo Limon. Visitors can take the measure of the masters and emerging artists represented in selections from the Robert E. Holmes collection. The exhibition ends April 8, 2006.

THE BOWERS MUSEUM OF CULTURAL ART.
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana.
877-250-8999 or 714-567-3600.
Tue-Fri, 10 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-6 pm
www.bowers.org

THE FISHER GALLERY
University of Southern California
823 Exposition Boulevard
213-740-4561
Tue-Sat, 12-5 pm
www.usc.edu/fishergallery
Devotional Arts of Nepal is a display of 40 paintings and sculptures from Buddhist and Hindu cultures of Nepal, Tibet and India. The show ends April 2.

FOWLER MUSEUM
University
of California
Los Angeles
Sunset and Westwood Boulevards
310-825-4288
Wed-Sun, 12-5 pm, Thurs until 8 pm; Closed Mon and Tues.’ Free, on-campus parking $8.
www.fowler.ucla.edu.

GETTY CENTER
1200 Getty Center Drive
310-440-7300
Tue–Thu, Sun, 10 am–6 pm; Fri-Sat, 10 am–9 pm; Free,parking $8.
www.getty.edu 

THE GETTY VILLA, MALIBU.
17985 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacific Palisades
310-440-7300.
Thu-Mon, 10 am-5 pm Free; reservations recommended.
www.getty.edu

THE HAMMER MUSEUM.
University of California Los Angeles
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood
310-443-7000
Tue-Sat, 11am-7 pm; Thu, 11am -9 pm; Sun, 11 am-5 pm
Thursdays are free at the Hammer. A Letter from Japan: The Photographs of John Swope is a survey of the late LA photographer’s vintage prints of his1945 journey through post-war Japan. The show runs through Jun 4. Look out for future dates for the late night party series Hammer Bash and don’t miss the thought-provoking Hammer Conversations series.

THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS. 1151 Oxford Road
San Marino.
626-405-2141
Tue-Fri, 12 -4:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
www.huntington.org
Stroll the gorgeous garden and visit the elegant galleries, then see any one or all of the eclectic exhibitions at the collection. Visit the display of selected items from the collections of both the Huntington and the Mayme A. Clayton Library is on view in the Huntington Library Exhibition Hall through April. This offering is appears as a compliment to a special event program dedicated to African American culture “Dreams Fullfilled.” Take time to see storied manuscript “The Art of Virtue: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.”

THE PAUL KOPEIKIN GALLERY
6150 Wilshire Boulevard
323-937-0765
Tue-Sat, 11 am-6 pm; Free.
www.paulkopeikingallery.com

THE LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART.
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach
562-439-2119
Tue-Sun, 11am-7 pm
www.lbma.org

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM of ARTS (LACMA).
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
323-857-6000.
Mon., Tue-Thu, 12-8 pm; Fri, 12-9: pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-8p.m. Closed Wed.
www.lacma.org
www.sundayslive.org 

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA)
50 South Grand Avenue,
Downtown at California Plaza
213-626-6222
Tue-Sun, 11am-5 pm; Thu, 11am-8 pm.
www.moca.org
The center of contemporary art will feature 70 pieces created between 1954–1964 by one of the world’s most famous art innovators, Robert Rauschenberg. The exhibition opens May 21. 

MUSEUM OF TELEVISION AND RADIO
465 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills
Wed-Sun, 12-5 pm
www.mtr.org
“Selected Short Films from Saturday Night Live” runs Wednesdays through Sundays at 1 pm; it ends April 30.

THE NORTON SIMON MUSEUM.
411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena
626-449-6840.
Wed-Mon, 12 -6 pm; Friday, 12-9 pm.
www.nortonsimon.org
See Durga: Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother before the show closes on March 27. The avenging and nurturing mother is explored in her many incarnations as she is depicted throughout South and Southeast Asia. There are approximately 70 works from India, Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia.

ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach,
949-759-1122
Tue-Sun, 11 am–5 pm; Thu, 8 pm
www.ocma.net

OTIS COLLEGE of ART and DESIGN
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles
310-665-6905
Mon—Fri,10 am5 pm; Free
www.otis.edu
From the Island of Misfit Toys” is a whimsical display of installations of art created from toys. The artists use video, performance and music to challenge the perception of the innocent toy.

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego
619-232-7931
www.sdmart.org

Topico de Nopal
1665 Beverly Blvd.
Echo Park in Los Angeles
213-481-8112
Tue-Fri 12 - 4pm;Sat.; 1 - 5 pm and by appointment; Free
www.TropicodeNopal.com
This jazzy little art space that frequently features poetry/spoken word sessions, music and art talks. Free.

Admissions charged at most venues. To find Art in the atmosphere or public works of art throughout southern California go to www.publicartinla.com.




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