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Where yellow means go, and go now: LACMA's standout show on '60s Dwan Gallery

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The 24-foot-long screaming yellow Robert Grosvenor sculpture -- like a shaft of sunlight made solid -- leads a fine show about the L.A. gallery that became a bicoastal piece of art history.

Is it art, or is it trash? Jeff Gillette wants you to stomp through his 'art landfill'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Artist Jeff Gillette created an "art landfill" inside Gregorio Escalante Gallery. The solo show juxtaposes art and trash and asks: Is there a difference?

Is it art, or is it trash? Jeff Gillette wants you to stomp through his 'art landfill'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Jeff Gillette invites you to trash his artworks — to step on them, kick them, wade through the hundreds of drawings and prints littering the floor of Gregorio Escalante Gallery in L.A.’s Chinatown. This is where Gillette’s solo show “Total Dismay” opened on Saturday. It’s where the artist has created...

Calling all actors willing to work for (almost) free: Theater companies hold auditions for a new 99-seat world

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Young actors have waited to audition for Skylight Theatre since it opened more than 30 years ago, so the crowd outside the Los Feliz building on a recent Wednesday appeared like any other. But it wasn’t. These actors were answering an open audition call for the newly formed Independent Theatres...

The draw of Yuja Wang and Bartók brings surprising consequences

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Gustavo Dudamel begins a two-week cycle of Bartók piano concertos with Yuja Wang that also includes Janácek (the spectacular "Glagolitic Mass") and Stravinsky (the rarely heard "Requiem Canticles").

How many legs in this photo? The strange, surreal photography of Heather Rasmussen

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Using mirrors, sculptural casts and even vegetables that mimic the shape of limbs, the artist creates confusing, weird, distorted imagery of the body now on view in L.A.

Essential Arts & Culture: The new Marciano museum, the Center Theatre Group at 50, LACMA's museum-rethink

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

New museums! Big retirements! Schubert and Beethoven and some fellas from Jersey. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s tastiest culture stories: L.A.'s newest museum This week marked the splashy opening of the Marciano Art Foundation. The debut exhibition...

The 13 faces of Cate Blanchett: How 'Manifesto' went from art installation to film

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Some might think that listening to artistic manifestoes — statements of principles and calls to action — is akin to a tortuous graduate lecture in art history. But in the hands of two-time Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and German video artist Julian Rosefeldt, the highbrow language becomes...

L.A. theater openings, May 28-June 4: 'Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock and the Consulting Detective' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: The world’s greatest detective is on the case in a new mash-up. Plus, tales of a Japanese American civil-rights activist and a famous composer’s talented sister. Escape to Margaritaville A singer/bartender falls for a beautiful tourist in this world-premiere musical featuring the songs...

Rich history, new anxieties inside MacArthur Park building where Berggruen Institute plans satellite

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Gary Wolin was worried. The longtime owner of McManus & Morgan Inc., an art-supply store founded in 1923 and known for a particular expertise in paper, a shop whose clients have included, according to Wolin, Ansel Adams, Ed Ruscha, Self Help Graphics, Kent Twitchell, Thomas Demand and most of the...

The new LACMA: Plans call for radical change to how we see the permanent collection

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Times' art critic talks with museum Director Michael Govan about his ambitious and risky strategy that could dramatically alter how museums display their art.

Marciano Art Foundation architecture loses some of its eccentric personality in stylish redesign

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

I’ve now walked three times through the 1961 Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, that block-long, travertine-wrapped crypt of a building designed by architect and artist Millard Sheets. During a first visit in fall 2014, about a year after Guess Jeans founders Paul and Maurice Marciano...

New Marciano foundation proves the potential and the pitfalls of a vanity art museum

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

L.A.'s newest showcase for contemporary art opens with Jim Shaw's epic, outlandish installation, "The Wig Museum." That show is a winner, the Marciano collection more iffy.

In Pasadena, the $6-million Chinese stage show that was three years in the making: 'Memory 5D+'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

With her long black hair pulled back, Chinese impresario Ulan Xuerong leans forward as she speaks in emphatic Mandarin about “Memory 5D+” — her $6-million multimedia extravaganza which has its world premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this weekend, for just two performances. “China has so...

For 'Fefu and Her Friends,' the curtain rises at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

I once went with a friend to a play performed in a downtown L.A. hotel room. A guide led us from the lobby into a vintage elevator and then through a warren of passages to an unmarked door, where we were pushed into pitch-darkness and arranged cheek-by-jowl with strangers along a wall. “You know,...

5 picks: Mark the calendar for Björk VR, Yuja and Fornés

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

What’s on the radar of Times critics, writers and contributors? Here are five things that caught our curiosity: 1. Björk, the VR experience Björk, the singer and composer, has sold out her May 30 debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But Björk, the artist, still has timed tickets available for “Björk...

Essential Arts & Culture: Björk-apalooza, a master of theater, architecting L.A.'s newest museum

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

We’ve got Björk. We’ve got the legendary theater director Peter Brook. We have a 24-hour party for Lou Harrison and the architect behind the Marciano Art Foundation. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and this week’s art and culture newsletter has more offerings than...

At the Ahmanson, 'Jersey Boys' puts another quarter in the jukebox

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Jersey Boys,” that perennial jukebox moneymaker, is back at the Ahmanson Theatre for reasons that are easily surmised. The coffers at Center Theatre Group are clearly crying out for replenishing, but you won’t hear any complaints from me, not with the catalog of Four Seasons hits still echoing...

Matthew Bourne opens the vault and pulls out gems: 'Early Adventures' at the Wallis

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Los Angeles has seen more of Matthew Bourne’s provocative dance dramas than any other American city. But on Wednesday, his London-based company, New Adventures, presented three works entirely new to us — new and old at the same time. In its sole U.S. engagement, Bourne’s “Early Adventures” came...

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