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The 14-year-old music prodigy who left his home in Guatemala for Los Angeles, May 21, 2015, Photograph by Charlie Magovern

 
 

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  • SERIOUS DRAWINGS, PLEASE: A Conversation with artist Marc Johns, Dec. 16, 2014
    An interview with Marc Johns, Canadian based artist whose quirky, optimistic, laugh-evoking drawings have garnered him a huge following online.
  • JW PIPPEN: A Samurai Sculpture, Dec. 2, 2014
    JW Pippen unveils his first sculpture, Jukagtsuzakura--a samurai composed of 30 barrel staves decorated with spray paint, encaustic wax, sumei ink, gold leaf, and rice paper. 
  • ARCHIBALD MOTLEY: The Painter of Black Modern Life, Nov. 13, 2014
    Archibald Motley has been described by art historians and critics as one of the most significant 20th century artists of his time; yet his work has gone largely unnoticed by the public sphere. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art aims to change that by bringing Motley's work front and center in the solo exhibition: Archibald Motely: Jazz Age Impressionist
  • HONORING LIFE & DEATH: Dia de los muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Nov. 4, 2014
    November 1st is a holy day in Mexican custom on which the deceased are able to visit the realm of the living. For this reason, friends and relatives create altars and present offerings in hopes of guiding the spirits to their site. Every year the Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts Dia de los Muertos, a festive Mexican tradition that celebrates the lives of lost loved ones.

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  • The Cajoneador, Dec. 1, 2014
    Gino Gamboa is a Los Angeles based cajon player and maker. As a cajoneador, Gamboa currently employs the instrument to keep the infectiously rhythmic beat of Peruvian band, Grupo Inca's folkloric tunes. His mastery over the instrument has allowed him to tour with Peru Negro, internationally renown Afro-Peruvian musical ensemble, and Eva Ayllon, the foremost Afro-Peruvian singer and composer. 

  • LACMA to receive $500 million art donation, public funding for new building, Nov. 6, 2014
    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced their biggest acquisition yet: the donation of Jerrold Perenchio's private collection, valued at over $500 million dollars.
    Perenchio's generous gift follows the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision to invest $125 million of county money into LACMA's latest building initiative: a new museum designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. 

  • Dia de los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Nov. 3, 2014

    November 1st is a holy day in Mexican custom on which the deceased are able to visit the realm of the living. For this reason, friends and relatives create altars and present offerings in hopes of guiding the spirits to their site. Every year the Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts Dia de los Muertos, a festive Mexican tradition that celebrates the lives of lost loved ones.

  • Archibald Motley's jazz age paintings on view at LACMA, Oct. 23, 2014

    On view at LACMA, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, presents the work of Chicago based artist active during the Harlem Renaissance and the rise of jazz. 
    Motley's work offers a modern view of black life and culture, depicting these scenes with an air of calm self-assured confidence that was new to this subject matter at the time.
    Although he spent much of his life in Chicago, Motley also traveled to Paris and Mexico where he was influenced by the Parisian jazz age and the golden era of Mexican Cinema.
     Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, is a traveling exhibition primarily curated by Richard Powell--art history professor at Duke University--in conjunction with LACMA curators. As Motley is relatively unknown outside of the Chicago area, the exhibit hopes to call attention to this talent. 
    The exhibition is on view through Feb. 1, 2014

  • 'As James Franco knows': A look at Vanessa Place's poetry, Sept. 22, 2014

    Vanessa Place pushes the boundaries delineating poetry and how we experience it: from commercializing the essence of poetry to elevating unconventional means to the poetic. Place is actively transforming our perception of poetry, bringing to language what Duchamp brought to art a century ago.
    At the launch of MOCA's Step and Repeat, Place's reading of Poetry Knows The Heroic Artist, references multidisciplinary talent, James Franco. It's a nod to his publications that have garnered a wide range of criticism, from the esteemed New York Times to the laypeople of Amazon consumers. Franco's publications include two poetry books, the most recent of  which is Directing Herbert White.