Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
Nov. 15: Suzanne Cahill, professor of history at the UC San Diego, discusses the designs and patterns on Chinese bronze mirrors and related textiles. Held in conjunction with “Charts of the Cosmos: Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors and Textiles.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Nov. 18: This one-day symposium at the Ranch, a laboratory for studying sustainable urban agriculture, covers gray water irrigation systems, offbeat edibles and more. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $40. Optional dinner at an additional cost. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (800) 838-3006.
Nov. 19: John Thomas, co-author of “Long Beach Art Deco” and president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, discusses “A New Deal for Long Beach Architecture, Art Deco and Streamline Moderne” in this lecture sponsored by the Historical Society of Long Beach. 3 p.m. $20 to $25. 4260 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Reservations required: (562) 424-2220.
Nov. 19: Learn how to create a distinctive and long-lasting autumn arrangement by integrating fresh flowers with gourds, seed pods, grasses, twigs and other organic elements. 10 a.m. to noon. $80 to $90. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
Nov. 19: Children ages 7 to 12 transform pumpkins into flower pots in this workshop led by Flower Duet. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30; includes one accompanying adult. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
Nov. 19: Descanso Gardens curator Wen Wang leads a walk through coast live oaks, shown above. These trees, some centuries old, are the remainder of a forest that once blanketed the region. 1 p.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.
Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.
Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art reopens at a new location with “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.
Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610.
California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.
Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.
Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends June 3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 on some evenings. (323) 857-6010.
Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.
— Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times
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