The artist Catherine Opie has spent her career photographing the seemingly banal but iconic Southern California. Photographs of surfers, freeways, strip malls, tract homes and McMansions are now on view at the Orange County Museum of Art. So too is Opie's latest project "In And Around Home." Queena Kim talked with Opie about what's in the show and what's missing: the gay S&M photos that launched Opie's career in the mid-1990s.
From Wild Wild West to Deadwood, from Bob Mackie's work on The Carol Burnett Show to the sequined mastery of Dionne Warwick's Solid Gold gown, you see TV costumes, but maybe you haven't thought about them. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, along with the Television Academy, have done a lot of thinking about them, and have mounted the first major exhibit of TV costumes. John Rabe was there.
“No blue skies and no green grass” is animator Genndy Tartakovsky’s rule for "Samurai Jack." He tells us about bringing back the wandering samurai (right) for Adult Swim. ... Meet jazz singer Donna Fuller, a sultry contralto who made two albums that are now eBay gold. ... It would be enough if we went to the shop where they make custom limousines and hearses, but they also make custom hunting trucks Middle East potentates use when they hunt with their falcons.
The remarkable George Takei gets the whole hour. We get an exclusive preview of JANM's new George Takei exhibit, talk with George himself about his life and times and his new role in the Sondheim musical “Pacific Overtures,” hear from "To Be Takei's" director that George is NOT a performer at heart (WTF?!), and hear George and John Rabe sing. Maybe. If there's time.
Angels Flight to be back by Labor Day ... Back when cops weren’t supposed to smoke in uniform, and when a stolen car might be traced by the make of its battery or speedometer ... A Hammer show on an artist overshadowed by Pollack, De Kooning, and Rothko. (Photo: LA Public Library's Security Pacific National Bank Collection)
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