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Monster Mash: LACMA's 'American Idol'; GLAAD winners named; London museum to display its fakes

April 19, 2010 |  8:07 am

Lydia -- New treasures: Patrons helped to buy five works for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in this year's Collectors Committee Weekend -- what LACMA director Michael Govan has called "the 'American Idol' of the museum world." (Los Angeles Times)

-- Prize winners: Octavio Solis' dark family drama, "Lydia," which appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in spring 2009, the movie "A Single Man" and the Fox series "Glee" were among the winners at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards-Los Angeles, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. (Theatermania)

-- Oops: The National Gallery in London will display more than 40 fake paintings it has mistakenly purchased over the years, including some whose technique has stirred admiration among gallery curators. (Independent)

-- Pricey pieces: An emerald brooch owned by Russia's Catherine the Great and a 39.5-carat diamond ring that once belonged to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos will be the star attractions in a Christie's jewelry sale in New York. (Reuters)

-- Speaking of Imelda: A song cycle, "Here Lies Love," about Marcos -- recorded by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne in collaboration with English DJ and beat architect Fatboy Slim and singers such as Natalie Merchant and Cyndi Lauper -- reportedly has piqued the interest of New York's Public Theater as possible material for a musical. (NPR)

-- Troubled times: The beleaguered head of the Aspen Music Festival says a no-confidence vote may be proposed against him during an upcoming meeting of the Colorado festival's trustees and faculty. (Aspen Times via ArtsJournal)

-- Distinguished career: Howard Dodson plans to retire next year after more than a quarter of a century as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York -- the leading institution of its kind. (New York Times)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Gustavo Dudamel faces high expectations as he leads the L.A. Philharmonic through a jam-packed spring and summer; music critic Mark Swed reviews Shen Wei Dance Arts' “Re- (I, II, III)” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center; theater critic Charles McNulty reviews the world premiere of "Girlfriend" at Berkeley Rep.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Stephanie Beatriz and Carlo Alban in Octavio Solis' "Lydia" at the Mark Taper Forum. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

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The difference between LACMA's art-off and American Idol is that they allow WOMEN on American Idol.
Of 5 things purchased - no work by a woman. A separate piece (at a whopping $15,000) by a female artist was bought separately.
Why this museum's attitude is from the same century as the painting of the bourgeois wifey made by an academic painter! How surprising! Maybe the curator presented it as if he were the sitter because he knew every nouveau-riche female there could identify with being in that position? So on the walls of THEIR museum - they can see themselves.
The nouveau-riche are indeed our American Idols - the sad thing though is that they dabble in real culture, not pop culture, and the historical stakes are um...historical? Or are they? This is LA after all - go nuts tacky misogynist 19th Century people!


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