Category Archives: Museums

‘What Is the Jewish Experience in Los Angeles?’

My latest column is in The Times this morning. I visited the Autry National Center’s new exhibit “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” and attended a daylong symposium on some aspects of the Jewish experience in Los Angeles. Books could … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

A model of the Jaguar XKE hearse from “Harold and Maude” has been listed on EBay with bids starting at 125 GBP. Queen of the Dead – dateline July 16, 2012 •  I’m a real bear on architectural preservation, so … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia Exhibit – Leslie Dillon

This is one of the 1949 photos of Leslie Dillon displayed in the Black Dahlia exhibit at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society. In case you don’t recall, Dillon is the fellow who contacted LAPD psychiatrist J. Paul DeRiver after … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia – Los Angeles Police Historical Society

The Daily Mirror visited the Los Angeles Police Historical Society on Saturday and stopped in at the Black Dahlia exhibit.

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Scientists to Build Computer From 1830s Drawings

Photo: The lobby of La Concha Motel, designed by Paul Revere Williams. Credit: The Neon Museum The first in a planned series of monthly lectures in the newly reopened Globe Lobby is sold out. The next lecture is Dec. 8, … Continue reading

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A Look at Paul Revere Williams

Image: “Paul Revere Williams: A Legend in Architecture.” Credit: Dave Kelly My Times colleague Scott Harrison digs up some archival photos from the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Chris Carola of the Associated Press takes a look at the … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney Rescues Motown Museum’s Steinway

Photo: Stone chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Credit: “A History of the World in 100 Objects.” Last year, BBC4 aired a program that tried to compress the history of the world into the stories of 100 artifacts from the … Continue reading

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Suspect in After-Hours Sex at Museum: ‘I Get Around’

Image: The Charleston Museum, where Michael L. Miller was arrested on charge of having sex at 3 a.m. Neale Gulley of Reuters reports that the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum in Buffalo, N.Y., is building Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1927 design … Continue reading

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Occvpy Mvsevms? (How’s that for a non-SEO hed?)

Maura Judkis of the Washington Post writes about a new trend in the Occupy movement: Occupy Museums. Protesters had planned demonstrations Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection and New Museum. Philip Boroff and Katya Kazakina of … Continue reading

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Court Dispute Highlights Kevorkian’s Artwork

Image: Johann Sebastian Bach by Dr. Jack Kevorkian, in one of his paintings that doesn’t involve death and – apparently — wasn’t painted with his own blood. Washington Post education writer and columnist Jay Mathews has an interesting piece on … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, ‘Anonymous’ and Nonsense

Photo: Trailer for “Anonymous.” In a New York Times op-ed piece, Columbia English professor James Shapiro challenges the premise of Roland Emmerich’s upcoming film “Anonymous,” which presents Edward de Vere as the true author of (wait for it) all of … Continue reading

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Remembering ‘Injun Summer’ – But Not in a Good Way

Image: Detail of “Injun Summer” (d. 1992), by John T. McCutcheon, once an annual fall tradition of the Chicago Tribune. The old man tells the boy: “Don’t be skeered — hain’t none around here now, leastways no live ones.’” An … Continue reading

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‘Art Along the Hyphen’ Opens at the Autry

Image: Latinas in the New World, a new online exhibit.   Dahleen Glanton, writing in the Chicago Tribune, uses the death of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to examine the idea that teaching about the American civil rights movement has been … Continue reading

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Exhibit Celebrates Rescue of Chilean Miners

Photo: The rescue capsule emerges, carrying the first of the trapped Chilean miners. Credit: RussiaToday. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is marking the first anniversary of the 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners with “Against All Odds: … Continue reading

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Boston Policeman Killed Trying to Disarm Former Officer, 1921

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington is closed after antiwar demonstrators try to enter to protest an exhibit on  drones. The crowd dispersed after being pepper-sprayed by a security guard coming to the rescue of another guard. Washington … Continue reading

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Restoration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Photo: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, interior. Credit: Jim Winstead On the 140th anniversary of the Chicago fire, it’s a time to celebrate the city’s libraries. Rick Kogan explains in the Tribune’s Sidewalks blog. Jay Jones, writing for the Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

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John Wayne Gacy Victim to Be Exhumed for DNA Tests

Dec. 27, 1978: Four more bodies are found under the home of John Wayne Gacy. Adam Nagourney of the New York Times reports on the slow process of bringing a 21-foot granite boulder to the Los Angeles County Museum of … Continue reading

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Killer in 1964 ‘Kitty’ Genovese Case Up for Parole

March 28, 1964: New Yorkers shrugged as Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was killed. Winston Moseley, convicted in the infamous 1964 killing of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, is up for parole and Sam Favate takes a look in the Wall Street Journal’s Law … Continue reading

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Gangster Kills Tribune Reporter, 1930

Ken Burns’ series on Prohibition has brought a reexamination of the era. John McCormick of the Chicago Tribune looks at the tawdry end of the Trib’s Alfred “Jake” Lingle, who was shot to death in 1930, revealing a secret life. … Continue reading

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British Library Digitizes Lewis Carroll’s Original ‘Alice’

Image: Page 37 of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” digitized by the British Library. Henry Chu writes a nondupe in the Los Angeles Times about unsuccessful attempts to gain access to Scotland Yard’s records in the Jack the Ripper … Continue reading

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