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On Arts Alive April 14th at 8AM

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 4/13/2012 11:40:00 AM

This week on Arts Alive: the Arts News, our Around Town arts calendar, Ask the Dean and ...

The Vincent Price Art Museum may be new to Los Angeles' museum scene, but its current exhibition takes a look at established local treasures. 'Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles presents the work of contemporary artists, George Chann, John Kwok, Jake Lee, Milton Quon, and Tyrus Wong.

'Self-Portrait' by Tyrus Wong 1920s, watercolor on paper

Milton Quon and Tyrus Wong talked to KUSC about their life and work. Quon was born in 1913 in Los Angeles and worked at Walt Disney Studios as an inbetweener on Fantasia and became first assistant animator on Dumbo. Wong was born in 1910 in Guangdong, China, and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine with his father. He was a concept artist for Walt Disney Studios’ 1942 film, Bambi, and went on to work as a preproduction illustrator at Warner Brothers Studios from 1942 to 1968. At ages 99 and 102 respectively, Quon and Wong have stories to tell!

Artists Tyrus Wong & Milton Quon with
Arts Alive Coordinating Producer Sheila Tepper & Brian Lauritzen.

You'll also hear about the musuem's namesake, Vincent Price. Sears asked Price to head up their retail art department--dubbed The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art--in the 1950s. This video was used to educate Sears employees about what they'd be selling.

Even if you don't know the name "Richard Price," you know his work. Price is a novelist and screenwriter whose first novel, “The Wanderers,” was adapted into a film of the same name.  His other novels include “Freedomland,” “Lush Life” and “Clockers,” which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the “The Color of Money" screenplay. And he wrote five episodes of HBO's critical darling "The Wire." Price won a Writer’s Guild of America Award in 2007 for his work on "The Wire." Now he's created a new TV show: NYC 22, which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the streets of upper Manhattan. Arts Alive's Chris Stanley talks to Price on the show this week.

This week KUSC has joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as they celebrate music director Jeffrey Kahane's 15 years with the orchestra. This week on Arts Alive, we're visiting with a different Kahane: Gabriel. Gabriel Kahane is a composer and musician based in New York. Next weekend he'll be in Los Angeles for two concerts with his dad and LACO. The video below contains Kahane's "LA" from his album Where are the Arms. Hear more of his music here.

Kenneth Turan takes on Monsieur Lazhar for his film report this week. The French film was one of five best foreign language Oscar nominees.

Arts Alive airs Saturday at 8AM and is available as a podcast.

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