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To introduce a newly discovered John Cage work, CalArts makes much of 'Minimalism means'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Little about Minimalism in music is and never has been minimal. Unlike seemingly related reductive approaches to visual art and literature, music's Minimalism has proven deceptively all-inclusive, its supposed simple means opening a huge world of possibilities, analogous in a way to Einstein having...

Boyle Heights art space to show work by USC MFA students who dropped out in protest

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

As the Los Angeles art world's center of gravity has continued to migrate eastward, a growing number of art spaces has begun to open up shop on the eastern banks of the Los Angeles River. Now those spaces are about to be joined by a new artist-run nonprofit with high-minded ambitions. Pssst, as...

Executive director Wiley Hausam exits Broad Stage, Jane Deknatel has interim post

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In more than seven years since it opened to great fanfare, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica has presented theatrical, dance and musical artists of the highest international caliber, but the most prominent tune emanating from the hall Monday was the sound of musical chairs in its executive...

Why we talk about Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity even though her architecture transcended both

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

To say that the sudden death of Zaha Hadid last week has left a gap in architecture is an understatement. She was a woman in a field dominated by men. An Iraqi-born, secular Muslim who made her home in clubby Protestant England. A flamboyant, cape-wearing figure who was recognizable, Madonna-like,...

'The Revisionist' has an uninspired role in need of a rewrite

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"The Revisionist," a play by actor-writer Jesse Eisenberg about a pompous, inconsiderate young American novelist who pays a visit to a Polish relative he barely knows, tests an audience's tolerance for implausibility from the start. Were it not for Eisenberg's movie star fame as a disaffected millennial...

Roundup: The remains of Palmyra, an oil well in a national monument, rubber duck artist not happy about Brazil protest duck

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Evaluating Palmyra’s wreckage. An oil well springs inside a new national monument. Rubber duck artist irritated by rubber duck protesters. Plus, shows by women are changing the story of art. Or are they? Also: recording Mexico’s violence, wild churches and the California of Philip K. Dick. — A...

Worth a border crossing: An exhibition that shows the state of contemporary art in Baja

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

There are collectors who acquire art only after consulting with an advisor, more interested in financial gain than aesthetics or a personal point of view. That's not Alonso Elías. The Mexican businessman has quietly built a collection of more than 200 artworks that take the U.S.-Mexico border as...

Zaha Hadid, world-renowned architect, is dead at 65

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Zaha Hadid, the celebrated Iraqi-born British architect whose dramatic, swooping designs punctuate the profiles of cities around the world, and who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died Thursday. She was 65. Hadid died in Miami in early morning, according to her London...

'Hamilton' musical runs into trouble over 'non-white' casting notice

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The producers of the hip-hop historical musical "Hamilton" have run into trouble over a recent open casting notice seeking "non-white" singers for Broadway and upcoming touring versions of the hit show. Actors' Equity Assn. criticized the notice, which appeared on the official "Hamilton" website,...

Getty Foundation to issue $8.5 million in grants for Latino and Latin American-themed shows across SoCal

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A show about the boundary-pushing art of radical Latin American women and another devoted to the science fiction of the Americas are just two of 43 exhibitions and events receiving $8.5 million in grants from the Getty Foundation as part of Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, scheduled...

Tainted-blood scandal of '80s Japan brought to life on the L.A. stage

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Blood” writer-director Robert Allan Ackerman applies a dazzling array of theatrical techniques to his ambitious account of the Japanese tainted-blood scandal of the 1980s. Designated “a political thriller with music,” the narrative concerns how nearly 2,000 people, mostly hemophiliacs, died of...

Jesse Eisenberg a.k.a. Lex Luthor puts his powers to new use with his play 'The Revisionist'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When 16-year-old Jesse Eisenberg received a cease-and-desist letter from Woody Allen's lawyer, he knew he had a future as a writer. The precocious teen had written a screenplay about Allen while attending a performing arts high school in New York City. People thought it was funny, so it got passed...

Roundup: Islamic State loses control of Palmyra, discoveries at King Tut's tomb, a hypnotic digital deer cam

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A moment of relief as Syrian troops retake an ancient archaeological site from the hands of Islamic State. Possible new discoveries in the tomb of King Tut. And the artificial intelligence chatbot that didn’t survive a day on the Internet. Plus: Reviewing Santiago Calatrava’s latest, how to be...

Huntington to debut $10.3-million expansion this fall

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

There’s even more room for American art at the Huntington — yet again. The San Marino-based Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on Thursday announced a $10.3-million expansion to its Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The addition, designed by Frederick Fisher,...

L.A. theater openings, March 27-April 3: 'Rain,' 'Future Thinking' and more

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: A new musical set in the South Pacific and a new comedy that takes place at Comic-Con. Community Staged reading of Nancy Beverly's new comedy about an aging actor. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Mon., 7 p.m. Free. (626) 355-4318. Ragtime Tony-winning...

Hilbert Museum of California Art debuts with California scene paintings

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Whether it's the golden-hued marina at Diver's Cove in Laguna Beach, the sparkly Pacific Ocean wafting against Palos Verdes' sweeping cliffs or the lonely-looking San Dimas Train Station, circa 1933, at dawn, there's a beautifully distinct quality to the California light.A bounty of such imagery...

Former death row inmate channels experience and magic into his art, on display at Copro Gallery

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When you're on death row, you can either despair or channel your shackled energy in creative ways. Damien Echols chose the latter, learning the disciplines of magic and meditation — and art. "At one time I tried to make a paint brush out of my own hair" in prison, Echols said. "Did not work at...

The newly opened $4-billion World Trade Center transit hub is overwrought and underwhelming

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It looks like a dove. Or a carcass. Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transportation hub, whose soaring main hall opened to the public earlier this month, suggests an approach to architectural image-making right on the border between flexible and opportunistic. God knows there's more going...

'Refugee' exhibition to spotlight plight of refugees in Europe and beyond

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A new photography exhibition documenting the plight of refugees in Europe, Africa and beyond will open next month at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, and will feature work from five photographers who have captured displaced persons in multiple countries, including the U.S. "Refugee,"...

Geffen Playhouse season to include 'Constellations,' 'Barbecue'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"Constellations," the drama by Nick Payne that's had successful runs in London and New York, and "Barbecue," a two-family comedy from Robert O'Hara, will be part of the Geffen Playhouse's upcoming season, which begins in September. The 2016-17 slate, which will be announced this week, will also...

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