Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
Jan. 12: Dealers at the 21st annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition exhibit vintage and contemporary photographs, including the one above, "Woman by the Pool" by Anthony Friedkin, taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1975. Event also includes multimedia installations, lectures, panel discussions and book signings. Moby hosts an opening night benefit gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12 to benefit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($80). Show runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 to 15; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16. $15 to $30. Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8551.
Jan. 12: Horticulturist Carol Bornstein discusses California native plants that thrive in the shade as part of the “Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer” series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.
Jan. 12: Carol Bornstein discusses “Reimagining the California Lawn” at 2:30 p.m. A plant sale follows. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Jan. 14: Elaine Levin, Harold B. Nelson, Christy Johnson, Jo Lauria, Billie P. Sessions, James F. Elliot-Bishop and Cécile Whiting discuss “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975” at this book signing and authors panel. Topics include the development of the craft of ceramics, technology and theory. 6 to 9 p.m. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.
Jan 14: The Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Society presents what it says is the only show of deciduous miniaturized trees in the U.S. The display includes Japanese gray bark elms, ginkgo, zelkova and maple trees in their dormant stage. Demonstrations show how to prune the branches and roots of ordinary nursery plants to transform them into classic bonsai. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15. Ayres Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.
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. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of Los Angeles County after 5 on some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
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.
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.
Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art shows “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.
1980s crafts: Craft in America presents “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts including the work of Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman; and Keiko Fukazawa. 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.
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.
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.
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.
— Lisa Boone
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