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Rufino Tamayo: <EM>Retrato de Olga</EM>, 1964Oil on canvasCollection Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City© Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Rufino Tamayo: Retrato de Olga, 1964
Oil on canvas
Collection Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
© Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego  •  17 May - 31 August 2014
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City brings to the La Jolla location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego highlights from one of Mexico's foremost museums of modern and contemporary art. In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. The selections featured in this exhibition include three canvases by Tamayo--an iconic portrait of his wife Olga, a watermelon still life, and nocturnal skyscape. These paintings' distinctive bright colors and abstracted figures embody the artist's signature synthesis of the pre-Columbian imagery and folk forms of Mexico with the modernist movements of Europe and the United States.

Other selections in the exhibition reveal Tamayo's cosmopolitan approach to collecting, influenced by the various avant-garde movements he encountered during lengthy periods abroad. These works include large figurative paintings by Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, and a prime example of Mark Rothko's color field abstractions. The strongest of Tamayo's fellow Latin American artists are highlighted with works such as Francisco Toledo's trademark animal paintings.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Website

Contact: MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
Tel: (1) 858 454 35 41

<EM>Icon of the Archangel Michael,</EM> Byzantine, from Constantinople, a.d. 1300–1350Tempera and gold on woodCourtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Icon of the Archangel Michael, Byzantine, from Constantinople, a.d. 1300–1350
Tempera and gold on wood
Courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Getty Villa  •  9 April - 25 August 2014

Spanning the Bosporus Strait that links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) became the new capital of the Roman Empire in A.D. 330. The ancient name of the former Greek colony now refers to the entire Byzantine Empire, which lasted for more than a millennium. As the state religion, Christianity permeated all aspects of life, profoundly influencing architecture and the visual arts.

This exhibition traces the development of Byzantine visual culture from its roots in the ancient pagan world through the opulent and deeply spiritual world of the new Christian Byzantine Empire and its broad influence across diverse regions. Featured are mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries and ceramics drawn from Greek collections.

Getty Villa Website

Contact: Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Mike Kelley: <EM>Banana Man Costume</EM>, 1981Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Mike Kelley: Banana Man Costume, 1981
Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Mike Kelley
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles  •  23 March - 28 July 2014

Found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Pasadena, California in January 2012,  the American artist Mike Kelley (born in 1954 in Detroit) left behind him a prolific and disturbing body of work, which draws on both learned and popular culture. 

Brought up in a working-class, Roman Catholic milieu, the influential American artist was only 57 at the time of his death. He was represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York.

Seen frist  at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and then the  Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition is built around the highlights of the artist's production. Large installations are contrasted with collections of more intimate works, particularly on paper, from European and American collections. From the first performances by the artist at CalArts, the famous art school in Los Angeles, to his surprisingly rich graphic work and spectacular installation sculptures, for which he uses a huge variety of techniques (video, photographs, motley objects, etc.), Mike Kelley's intellectual, yet also slightly irreverent, work unfolds in a gripping visual and auditory journey.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) Website

Contact:  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: 1) 213 621 17 41

Events in Dance

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: For now
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall  •  7 - 9 August 2014
Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: For now

Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami teams up with Persian underground Hip Hop musician Omid Walizadeh in For now, a new work for ten dancers.

REDCAT's 11th Annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival 2014 Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm 

Contact: Tel: (1) 213 237 28 00

Wilfried Souly: Saana/The Foreigner: Rosanna Gamson/World Wide: Still
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hal  •  24 - 26 July 2014

Wilfried Souly: Saana/The Foreigner

Choreographer and dancer Wilfried Souly draws from the traditions of his native Burkina Faso and contemporary dance theater forms in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo featuring live music by multi-instrumentalists Julio Montero, aka Cuñao, and Tom Moose. All three collaborators are immigrants to the US, who bring their own personal experiences to this new work focused on Souly’s journey to create a new life, expressing his personal tale with a multi-layered blend of dance, music, and spoken word. 

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide: Still

Virtuosic dancers share intimate or volatile moments, floating in a shifting landscape of veils, shadows, and changing light, in acclaimed choreographer Rosanna Gamson’s kinetic investigation of the neuroscience of dreams. Performed by six dancers, Still is rich with tender and violent movement, explosive athleticism and stunning moments of stillness. The action is set against an eclectic sonic landscape of viol, cello, and violin music ranging from French 17th century court composer Marin Marais, to new world post-rock band instrumentals.

REDCAT Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm

Contact: 631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (1) 213 237 28 00

Events in Jazz

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock with Orchestra
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Hollywood Bowl  •  6 August 2014
Herbie Hancock, piano
Vince Mendoza, conductor
Gregory Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment

Hollywood Bowl Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque archive interview with Herbie Hancock by the late Mike Zwerin.

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

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