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Is Coachella an Art Museum for the 21st Century?

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

In times past, Coachella was only about the music but the huge art installations are increasingly central to the total experience, so much so that one designer calls music festivals the “art museums of the 21st century.” Hear all about it in this segment with Jason Bentley, Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech.

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Mao Jackets a Platform for Architectural “Investigation” at USC

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Mao jacket of erasers

Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
can streets be great

Here are 5 Design Things for you to do this week in the Southland.

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Test Your Artistic Compass; Bill Kleiman Explains Art Fairs (Paramount Ranch, ALAC, LA Art Book Fair this weekend)

Posted January 31, 2014 by | Comments Off
Brenna Murphy Multiple Objects

Paramount Ranch, Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the LA Art Book Fair this weekend; before that Photo LA and LA Art Fair. That’s five art-related fairs in just over a month. So which ones matter? And why so many? DnA gets an explainer from Bill Kleiman.

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Journey of Diane von Furstenberg: DVF’s Wrap Dress Exhibit Coincides with 70s Revival

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments
wrap dresses

Just two days before the Golden Globes, at which the 70s-retro movie American Hustle is expected to be a star of the show, LACMA West opens a show devoted to Diane von Furstenberg and 40 years of her wrap dress, the item of clothing the then 20-something divorcee of a Prince launched on the world that was intended to carry women from work to cocktail party to seduction in one practical, sexy, slinky jersey package.

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Fashion Galore: An Exhibition About Isabella Blow, Muse to Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen

Posted December 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment
mcqueen clothes

Isabella Blow discoveredcand served as a muse for legendary designers including Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy. Now she is the subject of an exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Bennett Stein, aka the GOOD4NOTHING Connoisseur, checked out the show and found that it inspired him to a new year’s resolution.

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Alexander Calder: An Architect’s Artist

Posted December 3, 2013 by | Comments Off
un effet du japonais

Alexander Calder is a giant of 20th century art whose reproduction mobiles have graced many an interior. Now he is the subject of a show designed by architect Frank Gehry at LACMA. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Lisa Napoli, of KCRW’s Art Talk, discuss the show and why designers and architects love Calder’s work.

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Conceptual Tour of Classic L.A. Houses Includes Treasure Hunt for Critical Postcards

Posted November 15, 2013 by | 1 Comment
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DnA DJ Danielle Rago is also a curator of design and architecture events. Her latest takes place this weekend and involves a free, self-driving tour of some of key architectural homes on the Westside. In a treasure-hunt like twist on regular home tours, however, participants won’t actually be seeing inside the homes (with the exception of the Schindler House). Rather, they will find postcards …

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Kickstarting a Long Overdue Exhibit on the Work of Deborah Sussman

Posted November 14, 2013 by | Comments Off

Veteran environmental designer Deborah Sussman, a queen of color, supergraphics and personal style, has been part of several museum shows in the last couple years. But her fans say it is time for a show exclusively devoted to her work. Read about WUHO’s Kickstarter campaign, here.

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