Category Architecture

Michael Heizer at LACMA

In the vernacular, Chicago has its “Bean” (Anish Kapoor’s sculpture actually titled Cloud Gate) and now Los Angeles has “The Rock” (its nickname picked up as it rolled through four counties and 22 cities). I am speaking of artist Michael Heizer’s new permanent installation Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With […]

Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House and Catherine Opie at Santa Barbara until the 17th June

The significance of the long overdue exhibition, appropriately part of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time series, Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House, is several-fold. First it celebrates the premier architect of the California ranch-style house—Cliff May—drawn from the organizing museum’s own collection. The Art, Design and Architecture Museum at the […]

Don Giovanni at the LA Philharmonic thru the 26th May

My first performance of Mozart’s greatest opera—the story of Don Juan’s many conquests and moral descent, universally acknowledged as one of the most important works of Western civilization—was unforgettable. It was May 1981 and the Metropolitan Opera on tour in Dallas, a matinee revival of Don Giovanni in the legendary 1957 Herbert Graf/Eugene Berman production, […]

Suprasensorial and Doug Aitken Song\1 at the Hirshhorn Museum until the 13th May 2012

By Richard P. Townsend It made sense that the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ super exhibition Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space came to the nation’s capital. Richard Koshalek, former MOCA Los Angeles director, brought the well received work of his talented longtime curator Alma Ruiz to his new institution.  Furthermore, the Hirshhorn […]