It's been less than three weeks since Paul Schimmel, Chief Curator of MOCA, was fired and -- despite more than a dozen newspaper articles and an avalanche of reports on the Internet -- no one knows for sure what happened.
Knowledges, a two day-long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory, will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer.
Summertime used to mean that the galleries and museums would take it easy, presenting lackluster group shows and few, if any, challenging solo exhibitions. Not any more. Economy be damned, the Los Angeles art scene is now sizzling year round.
Going on a short press trip to Europe is never a walk in the park. It is more like a headfirst plunge into the local art scene: Exploring, tasting, inhaling it 24/7. And that's exactly how it was during my recent visit to Amsterdam.
For their last installation, CamLab will use money as material in a hands-on group exchange. Longtime "economicalists," members of CamLab will facilitate the creation of a pop-up micro-economy. Visitors can participate or observe.
The Museum of Chinese in America provides a model and inspiration for all other organizations of color. While building an individual donor effort is not easy and takes time and discipline, it can be accomplished, even by a modestly-sized, culturally-specific museum.
Herb Tam is the curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America and a part of the new wave of younger curators with dynamic ideas about the role of museums in engaging with our communities.