I went to the King Tut exhibit yesterday. I enjoyed seeing it, but it was way too crowded. It took a long time to get through the exhibit because there were so many people in such a small space. I wondered why they set it up the way that they did. For example at the beginning there was a sort of lead in area with no objects other than one photograph per wall and a sentence on each about Howard Carter. This was interesting information, but perhaps it is a different subject than that of the objects themselves? There was also another room darkened to show a short video, which seemed to be nothing more than an introduction to what we were about to see. There was a least one other room like this with a map and a photograph, neither of which I could see very well, due to the darkness and all of the people. A lot of the exhibit happened to be in very dark rooms. I felt overall that someone was trying to control my experience in a theatrical way. It was also as if there were at least three different centers of focus: the archeological experience, Egyptian mythology, and, speculation on what King Tut may actually have looked like and how he died.
While in Chinatown last week I luckily wandered into the Telic Gallery which happened to have a Peter Cho exhibition. Peter Cho has invented a phonetic alphabet (called Takeluma) made out of linear shapes which are assigned to the various sounds of spoken language. He has presented these animations on small screens mounted on canvases. Each canvas has a headphone mounted on the wall next to it. I happened to put one headphone on as the voice was repeating the famous words.”…one giant leap for mankind.” On the screen in front of me the display produced a graceful and enthusiastic arabesque across the screen in time with the words.
From July 15-25, 2005, artists with original works listed within eBay’s Art Category ( http://art.ebay.com) will join together and participate in an effort called Bids-4-Kids to benefit the Hole in the Wall Camps (HITWC). HITWC are year-round Camps for children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions. Each time a participating artist sells a piece during the benefit, proceeds from the sale – ranging from 10 to 100 percent – will be donated to HITWC’s art programs
Caroline Putnam, a Los Angeles-based artist who was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, will present a lecture on Surrealism at Carlotta's Passion Fine Art. Ms. Putnam will probe the origins, influences, and multiple manifestations of the Surrealist movement from its conception to present. The lcture is on Friday, July 15th, at 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Carlotta's Passion is located at 2012 Colorado Blvd. in the Eagle Rockneighborhood of Los Angeles.
From San Diego to Vancouver, 100 Artists of the West Coast II covers 100 artists with over 400 full color photographs of their work. The collection includes art from private as well as public collections and installations, including the collections of LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the New York Public Library to name just a few. I'm happy to be included.