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Getty Center hosts exhibit on Carleton Watkins and the “Rise of Photography in California”

The Getty Center in Los Angeles opened an exhibit Oct. 14 about the role of Carleton Watkins in the development of photography in California.  Entitled “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California,” the show will continue at the Getty until March 1, 2009.  For more information, go to the Getty’s website.


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Ishmael Reed to Speak in Berkeley

Critically acclaimed author, MacArthur fellow, and Oakland resident Ishmael Reed will speak Oct. 22, 2008, at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley in a talk sponsored by Berkeley Arts and Letters.

From the Berkeley Arts and Letters website: Reed “takes on the mainstream media for its misrepresentation of African Americans, calling out new outlets as diverse as CNN, the New Republic, the New York Times, and Imus in the Morning. At once Reed’s response to his critics and an attempt to open a candid public dialogue on African American issues, MIXING IT UP paints a complex portrait of the landscape of American journalism and exposes the often-overlooked prejudices of even the most respected news organizations as Reed looks at Katrina coverage as well as media portrayals of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama. ‘One of the tasks of this book is to challenge media bullies and encourage members of the underclass to do the same. If a high school and college dropout who spent years living in the projects can do it, so can they,’ notes Reed.”

7:30 PM at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way at Dana, Berkeley) Tickets $10 at the door., no one turned away for lack of funds.


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L.A. Public Library Exhibits Historic Maps of California

The downtown main Los Angeles Public Library opened an exhibit October 15, “L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library” that focuses on Los Angeles and California and features topographic surveys, tourist guides, real estate maps, pictorials, illustrations and more.

Highlights include a 1791 Spanish explorers’ California coast map; a 1975 Goetz Guide to the Murals of East Los Angeles; and Artist-Historian Jo Mora’s masterly illustrated 1942 city map. The exhibition draws exclusively from the Los Angeles Public Library’s own map collection, one of the largest collections owned by a public library in the U.S.

The exhibition closes Jan. 22, 2009.  The library’s website has more information.

The L.A. Times reported on the exhibit Oct. 16, 2008.


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Oakland Museum of Art exhibits art from Southern California

The Oakland Museum of California presents a selective look at the vast and vibrant Southern California art scene via 11 influential artists, in L.A. PAINT. The exhibition opens October 4, 2008 and continues through March 8, 2009.

Curated by Chief Curator of Art Philip Linhares, L.A. PAINT highlights The Date Farmers (Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez), Brian Fahlstrom, Steve Galloway, Loren Holland, Hyesook Park, Steve Roden, Linda Stark, Don Suggs, Esther Pearl Watson, and Robert Williams.

For more information, go to the website.

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