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Kids gardening, Japanese design and other talks for the week ahead

January 23, 2012 |  7:00 am

Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. 

Jan. 23: Noted photographer Catherine Opie, whose work looks at architectural spaces and the politics of identity, lectures as part of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design series. 6:30 p.m. Free. UCLA's Decafé (Perloff Hall, Room 1302). (310) 267-4704.

Jan. 23: Bonhams’ latest auction offers books and manuscripts, memorabilia, carpets, artworks, silver and furniture and decorative arts. 9 a.m. 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 850-7500.

Jan. 23: Felice Fischer, senior curator of East Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, examines the history of Philadelphia’s Japanese architecture, including a Japanese bazaar, temple gate, tea house and a 17th-century style samurai residence that almost came to Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Jan. 26: Noted edible gardening writer Rosalind Creasy discusses gardening with children as part of the 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. 27-29: Antique dealers meet for the C.A.L.M. Antiques & Vintage Show, organized by the nonprofit Child Abuse Listening and Mediation. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27-28; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 29. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara.

Jan. 28: Bill McDorman hosts a seed school workshop covering genetics, pollination, breeding, harvesting, germination and exchanges. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. $110. (805) 967-7369.


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.

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.

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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