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Manifest Destiny Billboard Project Celebrates Its Final Chapter in L.A.

Manifest Destiny Billboard Project / John Baldessari
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Siu-Rivera

An artistic road trip pulls into its final stretch. More»

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The Greatest Muralist You’ve Never Heard Of

Misión
Misión, 2001, Fresno St. at Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, Manuel G. Cruz

The slowly vanishing murals of Manuel Cruz. More»

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Yes, L.A. Has a History

Watts Towers
Photo: Stephen Schafer Schafphoto.com

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti on why historic preservation matters. More»

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother as an Old Woman

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Who is Whistler’s mother? More»

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Of Mice (Murder) and Men (With Cowboy Hats)

Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown
Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown

A photographer “introduces rural California to urban California for what it really is.” More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Photographs, Film, and Video

Snapshots of a Human Petri Dish

Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Climate change and photography. More»

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Vermeer Taught Me to Love Again

The Milkmaid / Vermeer
The Milkmaid, ca, 1660, Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Vermeer changes a life. More»

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Posted in Art, Prints and Drawings

A Cartoon Is a Deadly Weapon

Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures–The Russian War with the Germans), 1914. Getty Research Institute.
Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures–The Russian War with the Germans), 1914. Getty Research Institute.

How simple drawings can foment political upheaval.
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What Happens When Stem Cell Science and Performance Art Collide?

Ear on Arm, 2006, Stelarc. London, LOs Angeles, and Melbourne. Image by Nina Sellars, courtesy of Stelarc.
Ear on Arm, 2006, Stelarc. London, LOs Angeles, and Melbourne. Image by Nina Sellars, courtesy of Stelarc.

“Artsci”: How Avant-Garde Experimenters Are Deploying the Tools of Science More»

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By Paddleboat, By Inner Tube, By Car

July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

An ever-changing relationship between a community and a river. More»

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      Presidential Death Beds & Independence Day

      Here’s a little history trivia about this special day

      John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Founding Fathers and the second and third Presidents of the United States, both died on July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day. 

      Because of their opposing views on politics as well as their contrasting personalities, the two men were not on friendly terms, and rumor has it that Adams’ last words on his deathbed were “Jefferson survives.” Little did he know that Jefferson had actually died five hours earlier.

      Leaving you with that conversation starter, we hope you celebrate this day with friends and family and feast like the Romans!

      07/04/15

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