What artworks will you see when Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum and Paris’s Musée d’Orsay swap pieces, and how does a book compare Paris and Los Angeles? That and more in this month's culture news….
How The Posters Supports Art Philanthropy
Adrian Rosenfeld and Athena Currey
Posters aren’t just for college dorm rooms anymore—at least not in the hands of Adrian Rosenfeld and Athena Currey. The former New Yorkers—he, an ex-director of Matthew Marks Gallery, she, an alum of Alleged Gallery and University Settlement—recently launched The Posters, a project that enlists such top contemporary artists as Nate Lowman and Wyatt Kahn to create exclusive large-scale lithographs that are sold for just $55 a pop. A portion of each sale goes to arts education charities like LA’s own Inner-City Arts. “We wondered how it might be possible for fans of art to live with something beautiful, but not precious,” says Rosenfeld. “We knew that great artists and collectors loved posters… so we began floating the idea and everyone was super excited to participate.”
MOCA Exhibit Imagines How We'll Dress in the Future
From February 7–May 17, iconoclastic designers Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus are taking over MOCA’s Pacific Design Center space for “Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows the Danger Then Fashion Is the Danger.” The once-Paris-based pair, who recently relocated to Beachwood Canyon, are creating a site-specific exhibition featuring video, photography, ephemera, and, naturally, fashion— all commenting on 21st-century consumerism and imagining how we’ll dress ourselves in 100 years’ time.
A New Book Compares LA & Paris
Artist Nick Lu takes on LA’s and Paris’s grand opera houses (TOP ROW) and lush hotels (BOTTOM ROW).
It may not seem like Paris and LA have much in common—except for the fact that they’re both exceedingly photogenic. But author Diane Ratican and illustrators Eric Giriat and Nick Lu prove there are similarities in the cities’ differences in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?: An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities (Benna Books, $27)—a volume featuring side-by-side illustrations of the cities’ most iconic landmarks and personalities. Think Watts Tower alongside the Eiffel Tower, or LACMA’s Urban Light facing off against The Louvre’s equally oft-photographed glass pyramid. pleasedonotenter.com
Musée d’Orsay Comes to Pasadena
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 by James McNeil Whistler, 1871.
No need to cross the Atlantic to see some of the Musée d’Orsay’s finest masterpieces—just hop on the 110. Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum and Paris’s Orsay are swapping works this spring; starting March 27 at the Norton Simon, check out pieces by Manet and Cézanne as well as that iconic portrait of Whistler’s mother.
The London West Hollywood's Debuts a Screening Room
As part of a $25 million renovation, The London West Hollywood has unveiled a new 110-seat screening room. The theater, a popcorn kernel’s throw from the hotel’s Gordon Ramsay restaurant, is the largest of its kind for a hotel in LA and features ultra-advanced fi lm technology perfect for premieres and awards-season events. Other elements of the face-lift include five new ninth-floor suites and a 2,600-square-foot fitness center.