Archive for April, 2012

California Design, 1935-1965: “Living In A Modern Way” at LACMA

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Around the very end of World War Two a revolution occurred in the world of design. Architects began to design homes that were not only much more functional but completely different from anything that had been designed in the past. They’re work was influenced much by the natural surroundings and was considered an independent art form. The Exhibit includes much more than just architectural work; you will find Art, Furniture, Ceramics, Fashion and much more.

– The exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title: California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”

LACMA – In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artist in Mexico and the United States

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The 175 works in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s tradition-bucking single-sex exhibition “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” present the work of 47 female surrealists—some marginalized, some muses, and all extraordinary.The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968, and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners.