Art Buzz: Getty's massive LA art project & Tokyo's squished subway riders
Pacific Standard Time: “Pacific Standard Time,” the Getty-funded series of exhibitions throughout LA county, draws together tons of museums, private galleries, homes and commercial spaces in a crazy, semi-random celebration of creativity. There’s literally no way you’ll get to all of the featured exhibits, but Angelenos should try and swing through a handful this week.
Cecil Beaton at the Museum of the City of New York: Cecil Beaton had unique access to the glitterati of New York City from the ’20s – ’60s. A new retrospective of his work at the Museum of the City of New York includes previously unseen photos as well as illustrations and costume designs.
Michael Wolf’s Compressed Commuters: Talk about relatable art. Michael Wolf’s portraits of Tokyo commuters smooshed up against glass subway windows captures exactly the pain and discomfort I experience whenever I’m forced to take an 8am L train.
Yuri Suzuki’s Red Stripe Sound Installation: Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki fashioned an entire stereo system out of Red Stripe bottles inspired by DIY musical instruments and amplifiers commonly found in Jamaica. As Yuri explains, “from the sound systems that started in the ghettos of Kingston to the attitude of the Jamaican people, it’s a place where if you don’t do it yourself, it isn’t going to happen.”
Cinema Manzoni in Red: Mixed media artist Pipilotti Rist transformed Milan’s iconic Cinema Manzoni into an interactive art object, installing movie screens, textures and bright red lighting throughout the space. Even Pipilotti herself has been known to give a few performances.