Here, in our own backyard, the Guggenheim Gallery is presently housing the Stray Edge exhibition. Stray Edge features several artists, one of which is Monique Van Genderen, who spoke at the Visual Thinker Lecture Series on October 28th. With the combined lecture and art exhibit, a rare opportunity is created, allowing for a complete understanding for her work. The next Visual Thinker Lecture speaker will be the Graphic Designer and artist Glen Schofield, on November 11th.
Nearby, in Pasadena, several intriguing exhibitions are taking place. The Pasadena Museum of California Art will be hosting Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience from November 15th to April 3rd. The exhibition will showcase works of pottery produced by the famous California Faience studio that was founded in Berkley. Another Pasadena museum to keep your eye on is the Norton Simon Museum; their exhibition Revolution of the Palette will run until January 16th. The exhibit will discuss the creation and impact that the first synthetic blue paint had on French Revolution paintings. With Old Town Pasadena just right down the street from the Norman Simon Museum, one could make a day of it and explore the surrounding area after getting a sense of the artwork that this city has to offer.
Another show featuring color is theBowers museum’s current exhibition called The Red That Colored the World . This featured exhibit will be on show until February 21st and explores the history of the cochineal bug and its use in creating a color of red that has been both coveted and inspirational for centuries.
Some more fascinating pottery can be found at the Ben Maltz Gallery from September 26th to December 6th. The exhibition is titled Exquisite Beauty and features the artist Ralph Bacerra. The ceramics this exhibit holds are full of decoration and ornamentation, making them unique.
Lastly, as of mid October, the Getty has acquired what is thought to be the first ever photo taken of the Ancient Roman Triumphal Arch in Palmyra, Syria. Unfortunately, this monument, dating back almost 2000 years, was just destroyed by ISIS. With the Getty’s acquisition of this photograph, it preserves a memory of Palmyra’s arch and will allow future generations to know the history, importance, and cultural significance of the monument.