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As part of Pacific Standard Time, the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee are hosting a one-time-only tour exploring the art and architecture of Millard Sheets in Claremont and Pomona, followed by a panel discussion with Sheets’ daughter and artists who worked with him. Sheets was an influential artist, designer, and educator who made an indelible mark on the postwar Southern California landscape with mid-century designs that integrate art and architecture. He’s perhaps best known for the iconic, mosaic-covered branches of Home Savings (later Washington Mutual; now Chase) throughout Southern California. In recent years, his work has grown increasingly vulnerable to demolition and excessive alteration.
Tourgoers will enjoy a curated look at important examples of his work in Claremont and Pomona, as well as the contributions of his many peers and protégés. Tour sites include the Former Millard Sheets Studio (1956-9); Garrison Theater, Scripps College (1963); Pomona First Federal, now American Museum of Ceramic Art (1956); Pomona First Federal, now US Bank (1969); Pomona Mall (1962); and (from the Mall) Home Savings Tower, now Chase Bank (1963).
Guests will also have access to two other Pacific Standard Time events: Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975 at AMOCA, which includes hundreds of pieces by artists who had direct connections to Sheets; and Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, which explores the role of ceramics in mid-century art in Los Angeles. Following the tour there will be a panel discussion at Claremont United Church of Christ, also designed by Sheets.
Tickets for Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture are $30 for the general public, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Ticketholders receive free admission to the panel discussion, and tickets for just the panel are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.
Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Tour 11:30am – 4pm; Panel Discussion 5pm
(Photo Credit:artinfo.com, Scripps College, Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy)
Saturday, October 1
Food Truck Festival at Santa Anita Park
70 gourmet food trucks, like the popular Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Ludo Truck, and Lardon Truck will spread out over the entire Santa Anita infield for this mammoth food truck gathering. There will also be carnival games, live music and pony rides for the kids. The event starts today at 11am and runs until 5pm, so hurry up! Tickets are $5. Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007 [Caroline On Crack]
Brewery ArtWalk Fall 2011
The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the world’s largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you’ll have the chance to see new works, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly at studio prices. Admission and parking is free. Come early to avoid lines. Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. The Brewery, 2100 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Sunday, October 2
Mohawk General Store’s Black Crane Trunk Show
Mohawk is hosting a trunk show for the women’s wear line, Black Crane. Pre-order SS 12’ items and purchase (newly re-stocked) Fall/Winter 11’ items at 15% off. Sunday, 1pm – 3pm. Mohawk General Store, 4011 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 [Racked LA]
Pacific Standard Time
There are 33 exhibitions open right now and admission is free on Sunday, so there’s no excuse not to check it out!
Pacific Standard Time, the collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene from 1945 to 1980, opens this weekend. And as part of this massive event, California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” opens at LACMA.
The exhibition is the first major study of California mid-century modern design. With more than 350 objects–furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, industrial and graphic design, and even surfboards and a Studebaker Avanti–the exhibition examines California’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. For the ambitious installation, LACMA sought out the talents of architects Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung of Hodgetts + Fung. There’s an interview with them about the show on LACMA’s blog.
Most impressive? An exact recreation of the Eames House living room inside an Eames House-inspired frame! Curbed interviewed California Design’s co-curator Bobbye Tigerman about relocating the room, which had been perfectly preserved since 1988. Both links are definitely worth checking out before you see the show.
California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
October 1, 2011–March 25, 2012
LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
SUPER iam8bit opened last Thursday at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters in Echo Park. Over 100 artists have reimagined their 80′s gaming fantasies through paintings, sculpture and other interactive media.
The inaugural iam8bit show in 2005, was one of the most popular group art exhibition in Los Angeles. It won accolades from dozens of publications, like LA Weekly’s “Best Art Show” and received media attention from CNN, MSNBC, Playboy, G4 and MTV. The book “iam8bit: Art Inspired by Classic Video Games of the ’80s” highlighted key pieces from the original show and became one of the best-selling video game-themed books of all time.
This year’s show is bigger and bolder than before, and is housed in a 4,500 square foot event space–nearly 5 times the size of the original show. It also includes a new book documenting this year’s event, “SUPER iam8bit: More Art Inspired By Classic Video Games of the ’80s”. Other highlights include: a special tribute to Galaga’s 30th anniversary featuring the world’s largest “arcade cabinet”; the transformation of the entire gallery into an 80′s gaming wonderland by designer decal collective BLIK; an interactive, “retro-fied” Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman; and much, much more!
The show runs until September 10, 2011, so check it out. For updates, follow them on twitter @iam8bitshow.
(Image Source: kotaku)
Rodarte: States of Matter presents works in fashion and costume design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, including original ballet costumes for Black Swan. This is Rodarte’s first west coast exhibition. It is open now through June 5th at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kate and Laura are California natives–born and raised in Pasadena, they returned to after college at UC Berkeley to launch Rodarte in 2005. The sisters recently gave Nowness an itinerary of their off-the-beaten-path hangouts in LA…
The Magic Castle – 7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028
This is one of the coolest places in LA. It’s a historic magicians club. We love to see sleight-of-hand experts and listen to Erma the ghost play the piano.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater – 1345 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bob makes all of his amazing marionettes and his performances are brilliant. His Nutcracker Suite is sold out every year.
The Natural History Museum – 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The gem room is our favorite room in Los Angeles. It’s lit in pale yellow and houses an incredible collection of Gold Rush jewelry. The walls are lined with glass shelves tinted by the jewel tones that rest on top.
“It’s not just a matter of creating pretty things… we’re missionaries on a crusade against vulgarity,” says Massimo Vignelli of Vignelli Associates.
Massimo and his wife Lella were born in Italy and trained as architects before founding Vignelli Associates in New York City in 1971. They continue to work there today designing furniture, tableware, interiors, and developing corporate identities for clients like IBM, Knoll, Bloomingdale’s, and American Airlines.
Vignelli is known for designing the iconic original signage for the New York City Subway system, which he recently updated. Vignelli has had a fascinating, prolific career and he’s extremely quotable and entertaining too. (You may remember him from the movie Helvetica.)
Check out more of Vignelli’s designs and quotes, after the break.
2960 Glenmanor Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 BR, 2.25 BA
The Mizuno Studio/Residence, built in 1964 with later additions, is an extremely unique listing for Atwater Village. Not only is the price as high as you’ll see for a house in the area, it’s a mid-century modern home in a neighborhood of traditional and Spanish homes.
Owned by Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based ceramic artist Mineo Mizuno, the 3,886 square foot property combines art, architecture, and landscape into one live/work environment.
There is a sense of peace and tranquility throughout the home, along with tremendous indoor-outdoor flow and a celebration of Mizuno’s Japanese cultural heritage.
When I was little, I was a major snooper. I loved going through my father’s desk drawer. It was full of interesting odds and ends, which I would endlessly inspect: A wooden pipe, a package of tobacco, photos of my parents before they were married, and the most fascinating of all, a very old stethoscope, which I would use to listen to my heart and stomach and the heart and stomach of my dog.
I’d go through my mother’s drawers too–opening every jewelry box and slipping on her rings. But what I loved the most was her drawer of neatly folded silk scarves. The perfumed squares would spring up like a row of flowers begging my grubby little fingers to pluck them, sniff them, hold them to my cheek.
Over on Good Bones, Great Pieces, they posted this amazing Emilio Pucci scarf from the 1960s (top). I love the idea of framing and displaying vintage scarves so they don’t have to sit in a drawer. Framing textiles in general is a great way to display them.
They also posted this framed butterfly scarf, which resembles a real butterfly display cases, but is significantly less sad.
Ruth Duckworth (1919 – 2009) was a modernist sculptor whose work included monumental sculptures, murals, and smaller ceramic pieces. In the early 1980s, Duckworth renovated a former pickle plant on Chicago’s north side, which she used as her home and studio. With work space on the first floor, living space on the second floor, and open air between, Duckworth was able to view her large scale works in progress from above and envision how they would look on the wall. It’s fascinating to take peak inside her works space and home, however, I agree with the comments on Ready for the House. It seems like a shame to break this place into condos…
After this video was shot, Ruth Duckworth passed away. Word is that the property sold for $1.2 million and went into a trust. For more on Ruth Duckworth, there is a documentary about her life, Ruth Duckworth: A Life in Clay.
A while ago I found this great picture of Jonathan Adler’s living room through Kim Myles’ twitter page. In case you don’t know, Kim is an HGTV designer and a hairstylist–my idea of the perfect person!
According to Elle Décor, the crystal sailboat chandelier in Jonathan’s living room is from Burden Antiques & Works of Art in New York, but it looks exactly like a piece from Hans Van Bentem of Rock and Royal. Van Bentem is a Rotterdam-based artist who handcrafts these super sized, one-of-a-kind crystal chandeliers in unusual forms, like boats, bombs, and Buddhas. Each piece is handcrafted in high quality Italian glass and Bohemian crystal.
If you have your own chandelier concept, Van Bentem will custom make a piece in what ever design you dream up…
You can see more of Van Bentem’s unusual chandeliers here.