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Storied Sturges House Seeks Loving Owner

Posted February 9, 2016 by | 0 Comments
Sturges Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright; photo by Grant Mudford

Twenty-four years ago, Peter Loughrey founded Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), specializing in 20th century design and art. The first piece he ever auctioned was a Frank Lloyd Wright window.
Now he is getting to sell an entire house by the famed architect.
The Sturges House is a 1,200-square-foot Brentwood home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, and built under the supervision of the man Wright …

Art, Public Space »

Griffith Park Teahouse Team Creates Petal Shower in DTLA Alley

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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Last June, an anonymous collective of artists captured Angelenos’ imaginations with the Griffith Park Teahouse, a wooden structure in a remote corner of Griffith Park that served for a few delightful weeks as a place of contemplation.
One of the alluring elements of the teahouse was its illegality; it appeared seemingly overnight, built without approvals from city officials.
Now the group is back, with an installation that will last even …

Art, Event, Tech »

DnA Goes to CES

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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DnA goes to CES for the first time and meets Girl Scouts, takes a (skeptical) tour of the Internet of Things, and considers sustainability as well as the convergence of art and technology with Adrian Grenier and others in the Dell space.

People, Tech »

Erin Walline: Engineering Change in the Tech Industry

Posted January 12, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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The relative lack of women in senior management and engineering positions in the tech industry is widely discussed (one survey has found that only 5.8 percent of programmers in Silicon Valley identify as female).
This imbalance was in evidence at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where few women could be spotted among the almost 200,000 attendees.
One who breaks the stereotype is Erin …

Art, Exhibitions, People »

Seeing Blue: John Griswold Curates “A Revolution of the Palette”

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists,” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

Changing L.A., Drought, Energy, Water »

Post-Paris, Can Los Angeles Become Water Self-Sufficient?

Posted December 15, 2015 by | Comments Off
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“The historic climate agreement adopted on Saturday in Paris breaks new ground. I got chills watching the room erupt in applause, hugs, and tears, as it was finalized . . . when I stood in Paris at City Hall with Mayor Garcetti and 445 other mayors on December 4 — a better, greener, future felt possible.”
That was LA Chief Sustainability Officer Matt Petersen, responding to the accord reached …

Architecture, Commentary »

Petersen Automotive Museum Stops Critics in Their Tracks

Posted December 9, 2015 by | Comments Off
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“When Disney Hall opened in 2003, it was hailed as “flamboyant,” “sublime,” and “exquisite.”
The new makeover of the Petersen Automotive Museum at Fairfax and Wilshire has its fans, too. But this week’s grand reopening has also been greeted with zingers like “insane,” “tasteless” and “a different kind of hideous.”
The wavy silver and red exterior seems to be a “love-it-or-hate it” kind of thing – …

L.A. Designer »

Good Grief! FOLAR’s Lewis MacAdams Makes an Album, with The Dark Bob

Posted December 9, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Lewis MacAdams is well known as the poet-advocate for the Los Angeles River, having spearheaded efforts for decades to return the river to a more pastoral state. 
But who knew he had another life as a musician?
Turns out he’s one half of a collaboration with another veteran of LA’s cultural life, The Dark Bob.
He’s the musician and multimedia artist who first made his mark in the …

Architecture, L.A. Designer »

‘The Scenic Route’ Exalts the Car at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted December 3, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The exterior of the new Petersen Automotive Museum has Angelenos divided, some shaken, some stirred. But what about the interior?

Drought, Energy, Mobility »

Why Paris Matters to LA, explained by Chief Sustainability Officer Matt Petersen

Posted December 3, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Eiffel Tower seen from close-up is shrouded in greenery. Urban forest is part of the plan for greener cities. Photo by Frances Anderton

“The historic climate agreement adopted on Saturday in Paris breaks new ground. I got chills watching the room erupt in applause, hugs, and tears, as it was finalized. ‪Successfully implementing the agreement will require an enormous, collaborative effort from nations, cities, and subnational governments, alike. . . . when I stood in Paris at City Hall with Mayor Garcetti and 445 other mayors on December 4 — a …

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