The annual Art Walk in the Playhouse District was a typical local art show — but untypically located under the huge old ficus trees that line Green St. The temperature was around 90F so the shade was welcome. After stopping by the booths of a few local artists I wandered around taking pictures of the buildings and shops to see how the area has changed since the last time I photographed it a year ago. The Playhouse District, BTW, is also home to Vroman’s books and a Laemmle theater.
Shortly after Trump was inaugurated the huge RESIST sign went up on a fence across from a Metro station that is surrounded by angel sculptures high up on pillars. As Trump rampages through American democracy trying to create his own hideous dictatorship, I hope guardian angels protect us all. Oh, the artist who designed the station, Teddy Sandoval, called the figures ‘guardians’ rather than angels.
The latest installment of the no-cars-on-streets bicycling event dubbed CicLAvia was held on L.A. streets stretching from Boyle Heights to Echo Park to Chinatown last Sunday. I will spare you the photos of Angelenos cruising along on their bikes. Take my word for it, there were thousands of healthy, mostly youngish people peddling around the route.
Instead here is some of what I saw at the ‘art hub’, entitled “The Big Draw L.A.”, in Grand Park outside City Hall as well as a couple of interesting bikes.
For information about future CicLAvia events and other open road bicyling activities around Southern California, go here.
On a shopping trip to Chinatown I stumbled across an art gallery called Eastern Projects that is participating in the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibitions. The gallery is located on the street level of those new brilliant red buildings that almost overwhelm the old structures of Chinatown.
Works by Shepard Fairey (of the famous Obama ‘Hope’ poster), Locos, Dusters, Slick and others vaguely followed the Pacific Standard Time ‘theme’ of Latin American art in Los Angeles.
I was especially intrigued by the skateboard and skater images in the show.
Brookfield Properties sponsors art installations around their investment properties across the U.S. Nice of them! And, in this case, fun, too! They’ve sponsored Nathan Sawaya’s ‘Park People’–figurative sculptures made from Lego® blocks–in the courtyard outside of the Wells Fargo building on Grand near 4th.
On my way to the Central Library to see the new murals I found five figures: four in the main Wells Fargo courtyard and another, the blue man, tucked away behind Nevelson’s black ‘Night Sails” sculpture.
The Glendale Quilt Guild‘s annual convention was this last weekend, September 22 and 23, at the Pasadena Civic Center. This year there were over 300 quilts exhibited, but I am only going to show you a few–including a 3-D quilt by Luke Haynes which I have never seen before.
Neither my photos or words can convey the experience of seeing the new murals in the second floor rotunda at the Central Library. When I was at the library on Saturday, the day before the “official” opening of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, there were already crowds of people, armed with cameras, viewing these works of art.
Higher up are the pastel murals about California history completed back in the early 20th century. These new murals are clearly works of the 21st Century. And are clearly the works of Mexican-Americans in L.A. Both members of the Tlacolulokos collective were born in Oaxaca. Two women standing beside me commented that they hoped the murals would be permanently on display. I hope so too.
Below are more photos of parts of the mural. There is also a video being shown in the rotunda. If you are anywhere near downtown, be sure to take a few minutes to see the entire set of murals in place. In fact, you should probably make a special trip to see them.
And a few words for Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions – how can you possibly say that immigrants, especially Latino immigrants, do not contribute to our society!
So far I have seen these other parts of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time LA/LA: