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LA Opera's Going "Off Grand" With "Song from the Uproar" at REDCAT

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/7/2015 3:15:00 PM

Last season LA Opera Off Grand kicked off a partnership with Creative Producer Beth Morrison (of Beth Morrison Projects) with the production of David T. Little's chamber opera Dog Days. Now, Morrison is back with Song From the Uproar, composed by Missy Mazzoli about a most unusual Victorian. The multimedia opera opens October 8th at the REDCAT theater. We spoke with both women about what inspired the project, and how it evolved and came to LA Opera. 

Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (The New York Times), “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new wave of scarily smart young composers” ( Her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, New York City Opera, the ...

The Broad Opens this Weekend: Here's Our Photo Tour

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/18/2015 12:08:00 PM

When The Broad opens its doors on Sunday, Angelenos will finally get a chance to step inside a building we've seen go from empty, Grand Ave. lot to adventurous architectural feat designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (the New York architecture firm responsible for the popular re-invention of the High Line in Manhattan).

Inside the museum (which offers free admission), you can see some of the more than 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in the collection of Eli and Edythe Broad, but what you won't see are a typical welcome desk and security guards milling around. Instead, specially-trained Visitor Service Associates will not just keep an eye on the art, but also interact with the public and share information about the collection. The idea is to take a more interactive approach to the museum environment, and put fewer formal impediments between visitors and their experience of the art.

Garcetti at Broad

Mayor Eric ...

NOW at LACMA: Experience Frank Gehry in Miniature

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/10/2015 12:48:00 PM

Frank Gehry Exhibition at LACMA

Now at LACMA, an exciting exhibition shows the romance of architect Frank Gehry's designs, both built and unbuilt. It's called simply Frank Gehry

Gehry bio card

 Here are some of the models on display as part of the exhibition.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, final design model, 2005-14.
Paris, France. 

Gehry quotation

Fish Sculpture at the Olympic Village of Poblenou

Fish Sculpture at the Olympic Village of Poblenou, 1989-92.
Barcelona, Spain 

Eli Broad & Senior Curator Stephanie Barron

Eli Broad & Senior Curator Stephanie Barron tour the show.

Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology, Sydney, schematic design process model, 2009-15.
Sydney, Australia.

Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall, project model, 1989-2003.
Los Angeles, California.

Chiat Day Building

Chiat/Day Building, final model, 1985-91.
Venice, California.

Biomuseo, Museo de la Biodiversidad

Biomuseo, Museo de la Biodiversidad, site model, 2000-2014.
Panama City, Panama.

Gehry Residence, model

Gehry Residence, model, 1977-78, 1991-94.
Santa Monica, California.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, model, 2006-present (in progress).
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, final design development model, 1991-1997.
Bilbao, Spain.

Jay spritzer Pavilion

Jay spritzer Pavilion, Millennium Park, final model, ...

The Surprising True Story of "The Princes of Kings Road"

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/31/2015 7:27:00 AM


The Princes of Kings Road is a true story about the iconic L.A.-based architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler. They were once friends and business partners, but became bitterly estranged for 23 years. Then, they found themselves occupying the same hospital room in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.

Tom Lazarus has written feature films, network dramas, books and plays. In his latest play, The Princes of Kings Road, he imagines what might have transpired during that reunion.

Tom Lazarus

I asked Lazarus what drew him to this story.

Tom Lazarus The producer of the play, my wife, and I were watching a documentary about Julius Shulman, the famous photographer of modernist architecture. There was a very small mention of the bitter estrangement of Schindler and Neutra, and the fact that 23 years later, Schindler is dying in the hospital and by sheer coinidence, Richard Neutra is wheeled into the room. We looked at ...

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 ...

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