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Los Angeles Art Show: January 11-15, 2017

The LA Art Show, January 11-15, 2017, Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall

Mark your calendars for the 22nd edition of the LA Art Show: Modern | Contemporary, which will be held January 11-15, 2017 in the West Hall of the LA Convention Center. This ever-evolving art fair will feature innovative galleries, lectures, and artist performances that showcase premier Modern and Contemporary work.

LACMA promised John Lautner-designed house

John Lautner, James Goldstein House, View of living room (image courtesy LACMA)What do The Big Lebowski, Rihanna, and James Turrell have in common? LACMA, of course!

The museum announced that fashion and basketball aficionado James Goldstein promised the gift of his John Lautner-designed home, its contents, and the surrounding estate, nestled in the hills above the city. Featuring an iconic angular roof and expansive views of L.A., the house stood in for Jackie Treehorn’s abode in the cult indie film, hosted Rihanna’s birthday party, and shares its lush tropical grounds with a remarkable Skyspace, Above Horizon.

via LACMA Unframed

Digital archive of vernacular art sites

What is SPACES? SPACES is a nonprofit public benefit organization created with an international focus on the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity. image-coupleJo Farb Hernández, Director of SPACES with Seymour Rosen, Founder of SPACES, in front of Watts Towers, 1999. Photo by Sam Hernández SPACES — Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural EnvironmentsSPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) recently launched a digital archive of more than 1,400 vernacular and self-taught art environments around the world and continue to expand their holdings by soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites.

Explore the Online Collection,  the Preservation Toolbox, and the SPACES Blog with the latest on preservation efforts and exhibitions of art environments. They also continue to seek new images of any site that is not already listed or additional images of those in the archive.

 

So Cal Free Museum Day: January 30, 2016

Raúl Corrales, Fishing Nets/La atarraya (detail), ca. 1950. Gelatin silver print. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Cheeryble Foundation. (© Raúl Corrales Estate, Courtesy of Couturier Gallery)Over two dozen Southern California museums will offer free admission on Saturday, January 30. This free-for-all includes The Broad, LACMA, MoCA, and — luckily for those of us in the Santa Barbara area — the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

If that Saturday won’t work, here’s a list of the free days many LA museums offer each month.

LA museums embracing digital innovations

Culture Monster highlights innovative examples of how various museums in Los Angeles are using digital technology:

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: Interactive CT scans offer another way to access mummies
  • Autry National Center: In the exhibition space, first-person stories of characters features in the “Civil War” exhibit play as films from user-activated “daguerreotypes” (and, not mentioned in the article but on the website, playlists offer evocative music from the era)
  • GETTY-inspiredGetty Museum: Pushed for global open collection content and a #GettyInspired digital initiative to encourage interactivity with museum visitors
  • LACMA: Their new location-aware app is less straight didactic information and more conversational, so views spend more time with the art than their devices
  • The Huntington: Seven iPads are installed in strategic spots around the galleries to offer contextual information in the historic rooms
  • The Broad mobile appThe Broad: The new museum’s app has Bluetooth technology to be location-aware both outside and inside the museum, and will send a push notification with invitations and contextually aware information
  • MOCA: Eschewing “distracting” in-museum apps, the museum’s updated website seeks to engage viewers before and after visits

Check out a special Museums section in the New York Times for highlights on how New York museums use technology to engage visitors.

Next Practices in Museum Digital and Technology

View of "You Are Here" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (photo: Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California)The annual Next Practices in Digital and Technology from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is available and highlights 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. Some of the covered topics include Multimedia, In-Gallery Interactive, Open Data, Social Media, Apps, and Access.

UCSB Acquires Major Chicano/Latino Graphic Art Collections

Mission Grafica Collection, MCCLAThe UCSB Library has acquired two art collections — The Mission Gráfica and La Raza Graphics — from the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) in San Francisco comprised of roughly 2,000 historical silkscreen print posters from the Chicano / Latino Visual Arts movement plus organizational records from the MCCLA. These will be housed in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), a division of UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections and will nearly double CEMA’s already extensive holdings of Chicano/Latino graphic prints. Once the items in the new collections have been processed and catalogued, they will be available to scholars and the public for research and viewing.

Among the artists featured in the collections are Rene Castro, Enrique Chagoya, Domitilia Dominguez, Juan Fuentes, Pete Gallegos, Carmen Lomas Garza, Ester Hernandez, Linda Lucero, Ralph Maradiaga, Oscar Melara, Consuelo Mendez, Malaquias Montoya, Irene Perez, Michael Rios, Jos Sances and Hebert Siguenza.


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