Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature is on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art through May 4. It's a look at an artist who combines site-specific earthworks and the medium of drawing to create pieces that meld fact and fiction, science and mythology, and can appear almost photographic at times. I walked through the exhibit with SBMA's Julie Joyce, curator of contemporary art. Our conversation is below.
This is the last weekend to see a different side of sculptor Alice Ayock at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Aycock is primarily known for her large-scale, architectural sculptures. But the exhibit Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating at the SBMA shifts the focus to her drawings, often still architectural in tone, but drawing from a multitude of sources (and sometimes using computer programs) to create dynamic, other-worldly images.
Here's my conversation with Julie Joyce, SBMA curator of contemporary art, while we walked throught the exhibit.
Jaws hit the floor a few weeks ago when the well-respected San Diego Opera announced they were out of money and closing their doors. In the weeks since the news hit, the picture of what happened with the Opera hasn't gotten much clearer. So we called Jim Chute, U-T San Diego's music and art critic, and had him to take us through the twists and turns at San Diego Opera. He told us even the opera's pit orchestra was surprised by the news. Here's our entire conversation (a version of this will air on Arts Alive, Saturday, April 5th at 8AM).
One of LA's most pioneering opera companies is teaming up with one the city's most dynamic museums. The Industry is performing Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist composition In C at the Hammer Museum. It's all a part of the LA Phil's Minimalist Jukebox festival.
Here's Hammer Curator Allison Agsten on the everyday occurance that inspired The Industry's Artistic Director Yuval Sharon’s concept for the performance.
Here's Yuval Sharon on what In C means to him and finally being able to realize his unique vision for the piece.
Visitors can experience the performance installation on Saturday, April 5, between 1PM & 5PM and Saturday, April 12 between 1PM & 5PM. More information here.
The In C team (from right to left):
Daniel Anderson - Media Arts Manager, The Industry.
Doron Gazit - Inventor of the air dancer.
Allison Agsten - Curator of Public Engagement, The Hammer.
January Parkos Arnall - Curatorial Assistant.
Waking up the Minimalist Jukebox in (quite literally) spectacular fashion, Kraftwerk performed a series of eight sold-out concerts last week at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was the first installment in the LA Phil’s month-long festival of concerts and events curated by composer John Adams and designed to showcase some of the most influential and exemplary music to come out of the far-reaching evolution of minimalism.
It was a terribly cool way to kick off the festivities, and an instant illustration of how hip minimalism can be. Kraftwerk, the four-man German band who pioneered the use of synthesizers and electronics in popular music starting in the 1970s, were not waxy museum relics doing a reunion tour for white-hairs, but hyper-chic, futuristic DJs throwing hook-filled sonic bombs around the serious curves of the Disney Hall. The crowd at the final concert on Friday night looked well-off and cleancut, yes, ...