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Hammer Museum Weaves LA Artists and Afghan Craftswomen into Carpet Project

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/14/2015 12:09:00 PM

For the Afghan Carpet Project, weavers in Afghanistan took designs from six LA artists and made them into carpets now on view at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition (which runs through the end of September) is the culmination of a project that began with a trip to Afghanistan to visit weavers in Kabul and Bamiyan in March 2014.

Lisa Sanchez is a veteran of more than 18 years of military service and the President and CEO of not-for-profit AfghanMade. Sanchez and AfghanMade originally approached carpet producer Christopher Farr about collaborating. Farr brought in the Hammer Museum and the Afghan Carpet Project was born. "It was really Christopher's idea to have this type of woman-to-woman project," says Sanchez. "The Hammer Museum brought in these wonderful women from Los Angeles and then we travelled to meet the women in Afghanistan to really get inspired to create these beautiful pieces of work." The six American ...

Check Out the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/20/2015 9:07:00 AM


Right now at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, the art and artistry of Emmy-nominated costume designers is on display, with a collection of over 100 costumes from shows like GothamThe Mindy Project,Olive Kitteridge, and Wolf HallAdmission to the exhibition is free and it runs through September 26, 2015.  

Nick Verreos, FIDM spokesman

"If there's one word to describe this year, it's 'period,'" said Nick Verreos, FIDM spokesperson, when I asked him what stood out among this year's costumes. "There's an interest among the public for more like the recent hits that have been period shows--Downton Abbey and Mad MenVisually, I think it's great. People who don't know a lot about costume design can come to this exhibition and say 'ahh THIS is costume design.' As opposed to seeing an actor in a t-shirt and jeans and thinking 'how is that costume design?' When you come here, you see ...

Artist David Hockney Returns to LA for a New Gallery Exhibition: Our Interview & Photos

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/16/2015 10:32:00 AM


The exhibit David Hockney: Painting and Photography opened this week at LA Louver, and will be on view there through September. Hockney himself attended the opening. I asked him about the intersection of images and technology in his work, spanning the decades.


Artist David Hockney


Arts Alive contributors Susie Goodman and Sheila Tepper

 Arts Alive contributors Sheila Tepper and Susie Goodman with two works by Hockney.


photos courtesy Susie Goodman

"Moves After Dark" Explores LA's Exciting Dance Scene by Taking Over the Music Center

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/14/2015 12:44:00 PM

Last night was the debut of a new site-specific dance series taking place throughout July at The Music Center. Four LA-based dance companies are taking over different parts of the Music Center--from the Disney Hall stairs, to the Mark Taper Forum pond--for their performances. The series is called Moves After Dark. Tickets are only $25 and the nights are a chance to get to know LA's exciting dance scene (more performances 7/14, 7/20 & 7/21).

I spoke with Lillian Barbeito, co-founder of BODYTRAFFIC, and Tamica Washington-Miller, choreographer for Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, about their companies' contributions to the first Moves After Dark.


BODYTRAFFIC - Restructure

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BODYTRAFFIC performs "Restructure"


Lulu Washington Dance Theatre - Message for My Peeps

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"Message for my Peeps" by Lulu Washington Dance Theatre


Lulu Washington Dance Theatre performs "Message for My Peeps"


Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY - Seven Short Pieces

performance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY


Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY's "Seven Short Pieces"


Ate9 founder, choreographer Danielle Agami


CONTRA-TIEMPO - wade en el agua

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CONTRA-TIEMPO performs "wade in el agua"


Ana Maria Alvarez' troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO


photos courtesy Susie Goodman

Festival Mozaic: Music With a View, Starting Soon on the Central Coast

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 7/7/2015 1:55:00 PM

If a picture = 1,000 words, I suppose I don’t need to say anything more than this: you can hear live music here in just a few days.

Talk about a spiritual experience. The Chapel Shandon is one of a number of intimate venues for the summer music gathering in San Luis Obispo County called Festival Mozaic (July 16-26). The festival celebrates its 45th season this year and, as music director Scott Yoo told me in a conversation at the KUSC studios, the focus this year is Bach. Listen to our full conversation below…and check out the full concert schedule at


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