The six-month art extravaganza known as “Pacific Standard Time" is undoubtedly a strong effort to ensure L.A.'s place in art history. But Off-Ramp animation critic Charles Solomon says there's a glaring omission among the scores of events and exhibits: the groundbreaking work of animation studio United Productions of America (UPA).
Five years ago, a band of photographers transformed a jet hangar at the El Toro Marine Corps airbase into a giant camera. They used it to create "The Great Picture" - the world's largest photograph. Now "The Great Picture" has a soundtrack, made with field recordings from the decommissioned base. KPCC's Steven Cuevas reports.
Pacific Standard Time is all about making sure the world knows that Southern California has a huge place in world art. Starting in the early 1970s, the Long Beach Museum of Art was the pioneer in video art. The museum bought what was then very expensive equipment, and staffed it with experts, so artists could come in, explore, and make what turned out to be landmark works. Off-Ramp host John Rabe went to the opening of Exchange and Evolution at LBMA, which presents much of the video art made at the museum.
“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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