Posts Tagged: NHMLA

Pterosaurs at NHMLA

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Art history and natural history have a nodding acquaintance in the quarries of Sohnhofen, Germany. The region’s fine-grained limestone became the basis for Alois Senefelder’s invention of… More ›

To Live and Die in L.A.

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Comic genius Jonathan Winters lives on—in a sad, creepy, Blade Runner kind of way. Back in 1989 Winters recorded the voice for “Professor Percy Pelican,” an audio-animatron to greet… More ›

Hammer Is Building a Bridge to Itself

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The Hammer Museum is building a bridge across its courtyard. It seems that many visitors were missing the permanent collection galleries on the east side of the building’s loop. The… More ›

A Big Diamond, With a Big Price Tag, at NHMLA

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The art world looks down on collectors who lend paintings to museums, then send them to auction, their value presumably enhanced with a museum pedigree. Sure, it happens—all the time!—but lenders… More ›

Caveat Emptor on the Silk Road

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One of the more peculiar museum trends is history exhibitions built around fake artifacts. In October the Museum of Tolerance opened an Anne Frank exhibit containing a reproduction of her diary and… More ›

3D Night at the Museum

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In its 100 years the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has served as the location for scores of B movies. At least one of them was in 3D, or make that “Illusion-O.” William… More ›

The Anti-Nostalgic Museum

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In The Hollywood Reporter Wende Museum founder Justinian Jampol tours the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s new L.A. history exhibit: “Really there is nothing here to feel… More ›

“Becoming Los Angeles” at NHMLA

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Many American cities have created museums devoted to their own histories. So far the City of the Future has passed. L.A.’s closest approach is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles… More ›

The Indoor-Outdoor Museum

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has opened its long-heralded Nature Gardens and a long-tented new entrance, the Otis Booth Pavilion. The latter, in case you hadn’t heard, is CO… More ›

The Secret Life of Trees

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The Natural History Museum of L.A. County’s new Nature Gardens, opening June 9, will include an Alex Metcalf “listening tree.” It’s an oak connected to a set of polished metal… More ›

La (Brea) Dolce Vita

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The front half of a mammoth statue is airlifted to La Brea tar pits, 1968. (Via the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. site).

Cold Case: Georgia O’Keeffe

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills (1935) is one of the most popular paintings at the Brooklyn Museum. But her contemporary, the natural history illustrator… More ›

Newt Gingrich at the Tar Pits

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In August 1998 Newt Gingrich visited the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries. The staff  was “surprised and impressed with Gingrich’s interest in and knowledge of paleontology… More ›

T. Rex Outdraws Warhol, Ties Banksy

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is reporting an attendance of 685,000 visitors in 2011, up 41 percent from 2009. The reason is surely the opening of the dinosaur hall last summer, and… More ›

Police Blotter: L.A. County Museum, 1947

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“The sunny Sunday calm of Los Angeles was shattered a fortnight ago when irate local artists and members of three art clubs stormed the steps of the imposing Los Angeles County Museum. They were… More ›

Making the Mammals Dance

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Natural history museums are often dark, windowless, and confusing. Given that, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s new mammals hall is a revelation. Airy and flooded with… More ›