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FELIX BURRICHTER — EDITOR’S CHOICE

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“Tonight (September 21), Felix Burrichter, founding editor of PIN-UP, will present two of his favorite contemporary designers, who happen to be best friends: Katie Stout and Misha Khan. The designers will show their work, and Burrichter will moderate a discussion about their shared history and differing processes.”* KATIE STOUT and MISHA KHAN, Thursday, September 21, […]

NIGHTSHIFT LABOR DAY MUSIC FEST

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Unions and workers are under siege, subject to indifference and destruction at the hands of governments and middle managers everywhere. (See Macron’s recent overhaul of France’s Code du Travail). . Working Californians (WCA) believes that “California’s working families make valuable contributions to public debates about urban development, public policy, and economic recovery.” They are “committed […]

HELEN ESCOBEDO

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Helen Escobedo (1943–2010) was a sculptor, painter, installation artist, printmaker, writer, performance artist, lecturer, curator, and museum director. In Mexico City—in her capacity as the director of the Department of Museums and Galleries at UNAM, and later as the director of the Museo de Arte Moderno—Escobedo expanded the boundaries of what an art exhibition could be. […]

RADICALISM AND ITALIAN DESIGN IN THE ’60S

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This week, the Hammer Museum and American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles present a talk on the “intersection of counter-cultural radicalism and Italian New Wave design in the 1960s.”* Join professors Felicity Scott (author of Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism) and Mark Wasiuta (co-curator of Environments and Counter-Environments, “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA, 1972) as they “explore […]

SOTTSASS’ BOOK OF BOOKS

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BOOKS BY ETTORE SOTTSASS, edited by Giorgio Maffei and Bruno Tonini. Published by Edizioni Corraini. For sixty years, the designer-sculptor-architect Ettore Sottsass wrote, published, designed, illustrated, and edited numerous avant-garde literary and design books and periodicals. This edition, published in 2011, brings together the great artist’s engagement with print. See: artbook.com/9788875702762.html

SUR AND ESTHER McCOY

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The third volume of SUR—an annual arts and culture journal out of Mexico City—takes a look at “the life and work of writer and architectural critic Esther McCoy (1904–1989)….In 1945, the writer and her husband [left Los Angeles and] took up residence in the city of Cuernavaca for eight months, during which they found an […]

SIMON BIRCH’S 14TH FACTORY

Still from the film This Brutal House, directed by Scott Carthy, based on a concept by Simon Burch, sound design by Gary Gunn.
Image courtesy of The 14th Factory and Scott Carthy. Special thanks to Gloria Yu.

My favorite attraction at the old-school, long-gone amusement park of my childhood was Aladdin’s Castle, a dimly lit wonderland of tilted floors, collapsing stairways, and mirrored mazes. In 2017, just north of the L.A River, an art funhouse has moved into a repurposed factory in Lincoln Heights. Conceived by British-born, Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch, […]