'Modern Way' symposium, garden tours this week
Feb. 23: A self-driven garden caravan sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden makes three stops in Ventura County: Nopalito Native Plant Nursery in Ventura for drought-tolerant, succulent and edible plants; Matilija Nursery in Moorpark for natives and irises; and a private garden in Somis designed by landscape architect Amy Nettleton. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.
Feb 24: To encourage public discourse about architecture, urban design and city planning, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has coordinated a series of discussions with Los Angeles mayoral candidates. Moderated by Los Angeles City Planning Commission President Bill Roschen and Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, the forums are meant to help the public learn more about each candidate's vision for the future. This week: Austin Beutner. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building, 100 W. 1st St., Los Angeles. Reservations required: www.aialosangeles.org.
Feb 24-25: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman chair this two-day symposium featuring internationally renowned scholars who examine the exhibition's themes. An evening panel with artists Jim Isermann, Jorge Pardo and Pae White considers the impact and legacy of modern California design. Symposium runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 (with panel at 7 p.m.) and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Two-day pass $15 to $25; one-day pass $10 to $15. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
Feb. 25: Internationally recognized bonsai masters share their passion for the art form in this annual event that includes exhibits, demonstrations, a “bonsai bazaar” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. Festivities 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26. Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Feb. 25: Madena Asbell and Tim Becker discuss the propagation of native plants in this hands-on session. 9 a.m. to noon. $35 to $45. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley.
Feb. 25: Daniel Marlos, author of “The Curious World of Bugs: The Bugman’s Guide to the Mysterious and Remarkable Lives of Things That Crawl,” discusses “Butterflies and Moths of the L.A. Region.” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $20 to $25.
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 presents “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California work 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.
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 L.A. County after 5 p.m. some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
Mirrors: “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and includes 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.
Solar house: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and Caltech’s prototype solar house is on display through May 31 at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Free. (213) 744-2019.
— Lisa Boone
Update: The original version of this post listed "Golden State of Craft," running through June 3 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. The show, in fact has closed.
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Photo: Recreation pavilion of Buff Straub & Hensman's the Mirman House in Arcadia. Photo is from “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way,” a Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Credit: Julius Shulman / Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.