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Sample Itinerary for Contemporary Los Angeles Art

Image via The Underground Museum

We’ve been getting questions about the types of excursions students will be going on in Contemporary Los Angeles Art, so instructor Brenda Williams has provided us with the itinerary for the first meeting. Take a look to see the first class adventure!

Our first stop will be to visit the Underground Museum in Mid-City. The two year old museum was the brilliant idea of the late Noah Davis, his wife Karon and his brother Kahlil Joseph. As artists they decided to create a neighborhood museum for people who may be too intimidated to visit the established museums, to view works of art by major contemporary artists. Most folks can walk here. There are late night movies, artists talks, star gazing and a really nice garden to sit in and contemplate life.

We’ll get acquainted in their garden, followed by a walkthrough of the current exhibition: Non-Fiction: William Kentridge and Karon Davis.

Lunch at Juicy’s (Naturaliart) Jamaican Restaurant. This is as traditional as you can get this far away from the Caribbean.

After we’ll visit a few west side galleries.

To read more about the class, and enroll, click here. For questions, call (310) 206-1422.

Go Behind the Scenes of the LA Art World with Brenda Williams

 

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This fall, we’re looking forward to working once again with Brenda Williams to offer Contemporary Los Angeles Art. Brenda is a local art adviser and independent curator specializing in emerging contemporary artists. Her class will meet over five Saturdays, and explore areas in the Los Angeles art world not usually accessible to the public. Visits will focus on private home collections, artists studios, and curator-led gallery tours. Each six-hour meeting will include multiple location visits.

To read more about the class, and register for fall, click here.

We spoke with Brenda about her background, and what artists she’s watching now.

How did you get interested in art collecting, and what were your first experiences in the art world?

I lived Italy and worked in a gallery where my love for arte povera and minimalist art began. Upon my return to the states I became interested in and began collecting African Art and textiles. I fell in love with the masks of the various tribes of west Africa. The techniques of textile makers from around the world were so amazing that I couldn’t resist their beauty. I had to have as many textiles as my walls could hold. I’ve also collected tea services porcelain, tin, and glass: pots, sugar/cream receptacles and trays.

What artists or galleries are you excited about right now?

I’m always excited to see new work by artists who show at Walter Maciel. This fall he is opening with a collage artist Tm Gratowski. According to the press release, Tm builds two and three dimensional works made of collaged paper on a variety of surfaces including wood panels, heavy stock paper and molded concrete.

I had a studio visit with artist June Edmonds, who she showed me her body of work from over 20 years in LA. From public art projects to current paintings her vivid colored palette is very exciting and she is working on new visions

Downtown LA, there is MaRS (Museum as retail space) Gallery. It’s a voluminous space where the director specializes in emerging artists with strong points of view. The galleries fall show with Galia Lin and Elena Stonaker should be very exciting. Galia is a long time LA resident who’s sculptural and ceramic works are very intriguing.

My most recent obsession is with media artist Theo Trian. Theo exhibited in a public|private space called The Cabin where his interactive work with imagery, sound and motion was just delightful.

What do you feel is something unique Los Angeles has to offer art lovers?

 LA is a very unique place for art lovers. The county is literally 100 miles by 100 miles and each neighborhood has some type of art space (museum, private museums, galleries, pop up shows) that is a precious gem. There are an overwhelming amount of new resources to investigate, especially downtown galleries exhibiting emerging and underrepresented artists.

Which collections or works are you looking forward to sharing with your students?

The California African American Museum my favorite gem in the LA art world. Too many people are not aware that it’s been open since 1984 nor do they know where it’s located. A new leadership at the helm and they are bringing a bold, energetic and fresh conversation to the LA art world.

For those who are interested in learning more about the art world in Los Angeles, how would you recommend getting started?

Visit as many museums and galleries as you can. Ask a lot of questions. Read and inform yourself. If this leaves you wanting more, take my class, Contemporary Los Angeles Art in the fall and we’ll explore the city together.

Exploring Street Art in Venice

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Instructor Lizy Dastin took a few photos during this weekend’s meeting of Exploring Street Art. Via Lizy:

“In last Saturday’s Exploring Street Art class, we met with local public artist and teacher Robin Murez to discuss her practice and the meaning behind her works throughout Venice. Next, we embarked on our walking tour of Abbot Kinney, stopping to discuss the installations by Murez as well as murals, wheatpastes, stencils and carvings, by some of Los Angeles’ most prominent street artists.”

Sounds like a great tour!

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City Series: Rome

We are excited to announce a new art history course, with instructor Mary Beth Carosello. City Series: Rome is a unique blend of art history and cultural history. Topics covered will include urban design, architecture, artistic movements, and each culture’s impact on today’s world. Classes will also include museum field trips to view key works.

Often in a survey course, the amount of material to be covered means that each topic is dealt with quickly. This class will delve deeply into the rich history of the city, from a variety of different angles.  The first part of the class will look at the city of Rome from its earliest incarnation as an ancient Republic to its development into the capital of a far-reaching empire and its subsequent fall. The second half will explore the “rebirth” of the city in the 1500s looking particularly at the work of Michelangelo and Raphael. The class will conclude with a look at Rome in the 1600s and the dynamic art and architecture created in service of the Counter Reformation.

 

Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth is one of our most popular instructors. One recent student commented that “As usual, Mary Beth brought enthusiasm and deep knowledge to her subject. I always feel as if I’m living in the time period we discuss…she brings it to life!”

We hope you’ll join instructor Carosello for a fresh look at this historic city!

To enroll: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=258556&qe=true.’

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 - 199

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 – 199

Western Art Survey Series, Part I starting in Fall

For those interested in joining our Western Art Survey, Fall is the perfect time to start! Part I covers the early periods of art history–from the dawn of the great civilizations in the Near East through the Middle Ages.  It’s rare that students are able to delve into this early time period over the course of 12 weeks. Plus, class includes a trip to LACMA as well as the Getty Villa, to see the works in question close up.

This survey has been one of our most popular and enduring offerings, due to its wonderful instructor Mary Beth Carosello. Students rave about her, and take as many classes as she is able to offer. As one student wrote:

“Mary Beth is just extraordinary. Her teaching style is so open and enthusiastic that you kind of get mesmerized: it’s contagious. She is incredibly knowledgeable about art from all ages and loves comments and questions from the class. The visits to the museums were a treat as well. I am only sorry that we have now done all three classes in the series.”

To read more about the class and enroll, click here.

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Two Chains, 250 – 400, Gold The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Head Flask, 4th – 5th century, Glass The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Portrait Head of Julia Titi, about 90, Marble with polychromy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

 

 

 

 

 

LACMA’s Four Abstract Classicists

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Frederick Hammersley, Around a round, 1959. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 37 x 1 3/4 in. LACMA.

This two Saturday workshop takes the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition Four Abstract Classicists as its focus, examining the 2 primary directions that emerged as alternatives to Abstract Expressionism in New York and California in the late 1950s: Assemblage Art on one hand and hard-edge and Post-Painterly abstraction on the other.  It was in the late 50s that Jasper Johns, Red Grooms, Agnes Martin, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin, and Billy Al Bengston had their first solo shows, the 4 latter being presented at the historic Ferus Gallery, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1957.

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Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962. Alkyd on canvas, 85 1/2 x 85 1/2 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

It was also at this time that Robert Rauschenberg unveiled a large group of Combines, John Chamberlain showed sculptures made of automobile parts, Louise Nevelson exhibited her first environment, and Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Ryman turned their attention to painting stripes, targets, and monochromes, respectively.  This short course examines the various manifestations of these tendencies and traces their evolution into Fluxus, Pop Art, and Minimalism by the early 1960s.

To enroll or learn more, please see here.

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Lorser Feitelson, Hard Edge Line Painting, 1963. 72 x 60in. LACMA.

 

Go Beyond Tourism with Clare Kunny

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This winter we’re excited to announce a new course offering! Beyond Tourism: Inside the Art Museums of Los Angeles will give students an in-depth look at the rich and rewarding museum and art scene in Los Angeles. It’s designed to take you off the beaten path and learn the history of the collections and movers and shakers you may not be aware of.

We spoke with instructor Clare Kunny about her goals for the class, and what might surprise you about art in Los Angeles.

What inspired you to teach this course? 

Last February, almost a year ago, I founded a company to offer private, educational tours of LA-area museums. A primary goal of this business venture is to acknowledge the wealth of cultural institutions found in the greater LA area. Most people think of LA in terms of popular culture, such as Hollywood and Disneyland. I want people, locals and visitors, to be aware of and experience the many remarkable art museums of Los Angeles and Southern California. My company is called Art Muse Los Angeles; I’ve organized a team of art historians, artists and art educators to offer a range of perspectives on art to our clients. All of us have professional museum experience and we’re eager to share it. I thought that offering a class about the art museums of greater Los Angeles would be a way to share my ideas in-depth with like-minded art enthusiasts.

What is something people might be surprised to learn about the history of Los Angeles museums?
The history of independent art museums in LA is quite young. In 2013, The Fowler Museum at UCLA is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The biggest, most public of LA art museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), won’t mark its 50th anniversary until 2015. Yet, in spite of the relative “youth” of art museums in LA, our city and its environs holds a rich and varied array of collections and institutions.

What do you feel is something unique Los Angeles has to offer art lovers?
There are two unique aspects of the LA art community: 1) the predominance of private collections that were formed with the notion of creating eventually a private museum– Henry & Arabella Huntington, Norton Simon, J. Paul Getty; 2) the layers of activity in visual arts– art schools, art galleries, private collections, public museums– make this robust art community a great place to see art,both historic and contemporary.

Which collections or works are you looking forward to sharing with your students?
My favorite collection in the LA area is The Norton Simon Museum. We’ll have fun exploring this museum’s history and what it offers today. In addition to the well-known museums, students will become familiar with smaller, newer museums that have entered the LA cultural landscape, such as ESMoA and the Wende Museum.

What do you hope students take away from the class?
I want students to develop an active awareness of the many art museums we have in greater Los Angeles. Each student undoubtedly will have his/her favorite museum, but he/she will also possess a full view and knowledge of the many art museums found in this amazingly complex urban center.

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Thursdays at the Hammer

Thursdays are free admission at the Hammer Museum, which is a great service to students and the community. It’s been a while since we’ve been there, so we dropped by today to see what’s new.

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Maya Hayuk’s murals greet you upon entry – an impressive and colorful introduction to the space.

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There was also a fascinating exhibition of Forrest Bess’ work. An eccentric and visionary artist, it’s definitely worth a close look at his life and work, which is rich with symbolism and myth.

It’s easy to forget about these resources, but we encourage artists and art lovers to visit, and get inspired. The museum also hosts musical events, readings, and discussions with cultural figures.

So stop on by. This guy is waiting for you.

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