7|14|2011 #LA, #history, #museums

Los Angeles Public Library

Photo: Los Angeles Public Library. Credit: LAPL


A celebration will be held at the downtown library on Monday at 9:30 a.m. as the L.A. library system restores Monday service at all branches.
Sunday closures are continuing, however.

Saturday will be John Lautner Day at LACMA with more events to follow, celebrating the architect’s centennial.


James Cuno gives an exit Q&A to the
Chicago Tribune’s Lauren Viera before leaving the Art Institute of Chicago to become president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman muses on the current state of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” and writes a thoughtful, provocative essay: And so the picture I found filthy but florid during the gritty days of late Fellini and the Red Brigade had been reborn into the fastidious age of soy milk and nanotechnology. In lieu of lone pilgrims and natural light, package tourists making online bookings joined artificial lights that flattened the image. Modernized in its new climate- and crowd-control environment, one of the most familiar pictures in the history of art suddenly seemed alien, like vacuum-packed heirloom tomatoes and no-smoking parks. Even the time limit, a courtesy of the modern hospitality industry, only discouraged visitors from getting to the bottom of the bottomless.

June Q. Wu of the Washington Post  profiles Fenella France, a preservation scientist at the Library of Congress,

“There’s quite a lot of detective work in this,” said France, who joined the Library of Congress staff in 2007. “I can find something, like the smudge, and say here’s what we’ve got, here’s some extra text, and we’ll collaborate with historians to see if it’s relevant.”

My L.A. Times colleague
Elaine Woo, who makes an art form of the obituary, has one on Theodore Roszak, who coined the term “counterculture.”

Woo writes: Roszak was an author and longtime professor at Cal State East Bay whose best-known work defined an era: He wrote “The Making of a Counter Culture” (1969), a nonfiction bestseller that popularized the word “counterculture.”

Drawing on the works of influential thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Paul Goodman and Alan Watts, the book examined the intellectual underpinnings of the social tumult that began in the mid-1960s and extended into the 1970s — the campus protests, love-ins, rock music and psychedelic drug fests that infected masses of young people and bewildered their elders. The youths comprised “a culture so radically disaffiliated from the mainstream assumptions of our society,” Roszak wrote, “that it scarcely looks to many as a culture at all but takes on the alarming appearance of a barbaric intrusion.”


The intriguing book “Stealing Rembrandts” by Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg, is reviewed by
Benjamin Wallace in the Wall Street Journal.

Wallace says: “Stealing Rembrandts” tells the story of modern art theft through the thefts of a single artist’s work. It is a clever strategy, and Rembrandt a natural choice. The 17th-century Dutch master was heroically prolific; more than 2,000 of his paintings, drawings and etchings survive. Some of his canvases have fetched auction bids in the tens of millions of dollars. And because Rembrandt was a painter of masterly economy, his works tend to be small and portable. As a result, Rembrandt is among the most often stolen artists, topped only by Picasso. Some 80 of Rembrandt’s works have been pilfered in the past 100 years.

Elaine Louie reviews the revised edition of Ann Ferebee and Jeff Byles’ A History of Design From the Victorian Era to the Present” in the New York Times.

I wrote recently about WhatWasThere.com. Now Patricia Sullivan in the Washington Post has an item on Historypin, a smartphone app that allows people to personalize locations. Here are some photos that have been pinned to downtown Los Angeles. AH! Here’s The Times Building (d. 1910) at 1st and Broadway.


Heritage Square Museum(just off the Arroyo Seco Parkway at 3800 Homer St.) is hosting films this month: July 16, “Beyond the Rocks”; July 23, “Badlands of Dakota”: July 30, “Kiss Me Deadly.”


Marc Pachter has been appointed acting director of the National Museum of American History.
Jacqueline Trescott in the Washington Post.

Janine “JahJah” Gordon is suing photographer Ryan McGinley on allegations of copyright violations.
Randy Kennedy in the New York Times’ Arts Beat.

Historian Barry H. Landau, 63, is denied bail after being charged with stealing Abraham Lincoln items from the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Trial for Landau and Jason Savedoff, 24, is set for Aug. 11. Landau is the author of “The President’s Table.”  AP via Washington Post.

A New York Supreme Court judge halts alterations in a landmark office building at Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street in New York.
Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times.


Susan Weich writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Andrea Myers’ search for her biological parents has brought a reunion with her siblings and other family members. And now Myers uses her skills to help others with genealogy and adoption searches.

The Civil War Trust and the state of Virginia have produced a fascinating (free) guide to the Bull Run (Manassas) battlefield called the Bull Run Battle app, which runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Michael E. Ruane in the Washington Post.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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