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The sun as energy source and art inspiration




John Gerrard’s installation at the L.A. County Museum of Art,
John Gerrard’s installation at the L.A. County Museum of Art, "Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014."
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Staring directly into the (simulated) sun

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John Gerrard’s public installation at the L.A. County Museum of Art, "Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014," is a digital simulation, displayed on a large-scale LED wall, that recreates a Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert landscape. At the center of this virtual world is a tower encircled by 10,000 mirrors that adjust their positions according to the location of the sun in order to reflect light on the tower to generate electricity. Though modern in appearance, "Solar Reserve" references historic representations of the sun in its spiral composition, and points to the primacy of the sun as an ancient energy source. By linking past and present, Gerrard explores both the legacy of energy consumption, and the ambiguous future of energy production. The artist spoke with John Horn on location at LACMA.

Another gender discrepancy in the film world

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Male film critics outnumber female critics two to one, and that imbalance can negatively affect the exposure and evaluation of female-led features. That conclusion is part of a study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

Guest: Carina Chocano, author of the book "You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, Other Mixed Message" winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Music to watch baseball by

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Attending a game at Chavez Ravine is full of traditions for baseball fans — everything from gorging on Dodger Dogs (grilled, not steamed, thank you) to the 7th-inning stretch, when the whole crowd sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” And when they do, they’re accompanied by an organist who plays live from a booth high above the field. But that organist does so much more. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving profiles musician Dieter Ruehle.