In 2011 Metro purchased the iconic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, a beautiful structure that combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles. Partially designed by John Parkinson and Donald Parkinson, the station was built by the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads in the late 1930s at a cost of $11 million and became known as the last of the great stations in America.
I am very excited to announce the launch of Curating New York on Facebook. Managed by Laura Waterbury, a native New Yorker, the online resource will explore people, places, and events of interest in the New York Metropolitan Area.
November is shaping up to be an exciting month for lovers of experimental film. Three programs in particular have caught my attention because they’ll present audiences with unconventional, challenging and engaging works that are unlike the more typical fair most of us experience online, in theaters, and on television.
Water has long been the most prized resource in Los Angeles. Indeed, the city’s history and growth is inextricably linked to the development of infrastructure required to import water from the Eastern Sierra and other regions.
While the Los Angeles River was the main water source for El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles when it was founded in 1781, population growth outstripped the river’s ability to meet the city’s increasing thirst. Enter William Mulholland, the first superintendent of the new municipal Water Department. Under his leadership, the city constructed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a five-year project completed in 1913 that brought water from the lush Owens Valley to semi-arid Los Angeles.
Stories of people working on the fringes of mainstream science have always intrigued me. Often self-taught and working alone, these individuals usually don’t fit the classic image of the formally educated scientist employed by high tech labs and well-known academic institutions that most of us have come to accept as normal. And yet, these citizen-, outsider-, amateur-scientists have been around for decades, exploring a wide variety of serious questions.
This Friday Moving Image Art (MIA) presents HUMAN ANIMAL, a program that features “…performance based video art exploring relationships with the body, sexuality and sculpture.” The evening will showcase work by artists from around the country, including Rachelle Beaudoin, Heather Cassils, Lauren Cross, Diane Dwyer, Teri Frame, Sara Holwerdam and Jamie Sneider.
Today the space shuttle Endeavour is on its final journey. According to NASA, it left Edwards Air Force Base at 8:17 a.m. PDT to begin a four-and-a-half hour flyover of northern California and the Los Angeles basin.
Los Angeles is one of the world’s great art capitals. While expressions of the energy and creativity associated with this facet of the city’s cultural landscape abound, one of the most satisfying for me is an open studio event. I love seeing art where it was created and making a connection with the artist. It’s a much more personal experience than viewing work on a museum or gallery wall.