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Archive for October, 2012

Blues for Smoke

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Oct 21, 2012 — Jan 7, 2013 This is a major interdisciplinary exhibition exploring a wide range of contemporary art, music, literature, and film through the lens of the blues and “blues esthetics.” Turning to the blues not simply as a musical category, but as a web of artistic sensibilities […]

A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Oct 13, 2012 — Jan 14, 2013 The exhibition features more than 200 images from the Library’s monumental trove of Civil war photographs. Exhibition focal points include the battlefront, particularly the Battle of Antietam—the bloodiest and costliest single day of combat in American history; the assassination of Abraham […]

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Oct 6, 2012 — Jan 14, 2013 Paul Schimmel’s last exhibition as MOCA’s Chief Curator explores one of the most significant consequences of the rise of abstraction in 20th-century painting: artists’ assault on the picture plane. Responding to the social and political climate of the postwar period—especially the crisis of humanity […]