Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business (May 8–Sept. 19, 2004)—Stories of some 50 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business brought to life through the use of artifacts and costumes, diaries and letters, business and legal documents, photographs and paper ephemera, audio recordings and online interactive technology.
American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives (Oct. 4, 2003–Jan. 4, 2004)—The nation’s first traveling exhibition of its most significant historic documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation, President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, and Thomas Edison’s patent application for the electric lamp.
L.A. Neighborhoods: Miracle Mile/Carthay Circle (May 24–Aug. 31, 2003)—Youthful family trips recaptured on film by photographer Robert Pacheco who returned and documented the changed area. Images included the Farmers Market, El Rey Theater’s Andy Warhol look-alike night, and a 30th anniversary celebration at CBS in honor of Bob Barker, the host of The Price is Right.
L.A. Neighborhoods: Watts (May 24–Aug. 31, 2003)—Photos of Watts taken by commercial photographer James Jeffrey who has documented the neighborhood since the early 1970s. Images included the “Watts Towers of Simon Rodia,” dancers performing for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, and a raspado vendor serving slushies to a church congregation on Easter Sunday.
100 Years of Hollywood: Photographs from Delmar Watson Family Archives (May 17–Aug. 17, 2003)—Vintage photographs of major movie stars accompanied by compelling scenes and images of early Hollywood and Los Angeles from the collection of award-winning photographer Delmar Watson.
Choosing to Participate: Facing History & Ourselves (Feb. 1–May 4, 2003)—Dramatic stories of ordinary Americans that demonstrated how everyday choices affect the course of history in large and small ways. Accompanied by a student art presentation, Young Artists Speak Out and L.A. Stories: The Power of One.
L.A. Stories: The Power of One (Feb. 1–May 4, 2003)—Narratives and photographs of 20 individuals and community groups who made a difference locally by speaking out.
The Missing: A Memorial for the Lost of 9/11 (Sept. 7, 2002–May 4, 2003)—Photographs by Thomas L. Shook, M.D. provided a moving and personal look into the lives of New Yorkers trying desperately to locate loved ones in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy.
Pop Up! 500 Years of Movable Books from the Waldo Hunt Collection (Aug. 24, 2002–Jan. 12, 2003)—Interactive books spanning four centuries of bookmaking drawn from the world-renowned collection of Waldo Hunt, touted as the “King of Pop-Up.” Highlights ranged from a 16th century cosmography and an 1860’s Punch and Judy show, to a copy of the world’s best-selling pop-up “Haunted House” by Jan Pienkowski and a 1967 pop-up by Andy Warhol.
Leaping Off the Page: Building Pop-Up Books (Aug. 3, 2002–Jan. 12, 2003)—A step-by-step look at how pop-up books are designed, engineered, and printed using examples from best-selling works of four popular children’s book creators: David A. Carter, Jan Pienkowski, Robert Sabuda, and Ron van der Meer.
A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia: New Art from Iran (April 20–Aug. 4, 2002)—Stunning contemporary works influenced by rich Persian culture and poetry—oils, watercolors, drawings, miniature paintings, and calligraphy—from 49 of Iran’s finest visual artists, both men and women. A cultural exchange with the Islamic Republic of Iran organized by the Meridian International Center in collaboration with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Tehran Arts University.
Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of H.A. and Margret Rey (March 30–July 14, 2002)—Original artwork and memorabilia from Curious George’s creators that offered a rare glimpse into their lives—H.A.’s sketches, preliminary drawings, and full-color illustrations accompanied by Margret’s Curious George knitted socks, a needlepoint portrait of her husband, and a beautiful woodcut.
Edward Weston: Life Work (Dec. 15, 2001–March 17, 2002)—A collection of 100 vintage prints spanning the 50-year career of this great American artist and depicting his unique view of the beauty and significance of the commonplace. Interspersed were previously unpublished masterpieces with well-known signature images such as the 1909 outdoor Pictorialist study of his wife, Flora, and six dune studies made near Oceano, California.
L.A. Neighborhoods: North Hollywood (Oct. 20, 2001–March 10, 2002)—A growing familiarity with his neighborhood reflected in Gerard Burkhart’s dazzling and diverse photographs of NoHo. Images included actor Ed Asner with his son at Eagles’ Coffee Pub; Latino men playing guitars; Thai Buddhist monks kneeling in prayer; and Governor Gray Davis attending a political function.
L.A. Neighborhoods: San Pedro (Oct. 20, 2001–March 10, 2002)—Through his camera lens, Slobodan Dimitrov shared his lifelong passion for his community, founded by Portuguese and Italian fishing families more than 100 years ago and home of L.A. City Mayor Hahn. Images included vintage cars lined up in front of Warner Grand Theatre, views from Point Fermin Lighthouse, and fish market workers icing down swordfish.
Marbled Mastery: The Art of Graham Day (June 23–Sept. 30, 2001)—A stunning compilation of works by a marbling master who takes the ancient craft to heights heretofore never seen. Much marbling yields lovely patterns on paper; Day adds his own unique touch to achieve spectacular representational pictures. Organized by the California Center for the Book.
An Uncommon Mission: Father Jerome Tupa Paints the California Missions (June 16–Oct. 14, 2001)—Contemporary paintings (21 oils and 39 watercolors) of all of the California missions by Father Jerome Tupa, a Benedictine monk. His interpretations are unique in that they are powerful contemporary explorations of the architectural remnants of California’s Spanish past by a painter who also happens to be a Catholic priest.
Influence & Identity: Printmaking from Self Help Graphics (March 10–June 3, 2001)—Mural-sized, monosilkscreen prints by Chicano artists inspired by the work of renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, long associated with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco as Los Tres Grandes, a trio of muralists wielding tremendous impact on the Chicano art movement.
Picture Perfect: Selections from the Gladys English Collection (Dec. 16, 2000–May 27, 2001)—Illustrations from children’s books written by noted authors such as Beatrix Potter and drawn from a collection of donated works from illustrators and publishers now owned by the Los Angeles Public Library and originating from the California Library Association.
A Century of Oz: Selections from The Willard Carroll Collection (Nov. 4, 2000–Feb. 25, 2001)—Drawn from a private collection of over 10,000 pieces to present an unparalleled view of Baum’s beloved creations and including Oz lithography, photography, sheet music, book jackets, stationery, manuscripts, costumes, film props, animation cells, newspaper rotogravure, greeting cards, Halloween masks, theater programs, contracts, maps, advertising fliers, games, toys, puzzles, dolls, and other memorabilia gathered worldwide.
Skeletons at the Feast: Prints of Jose Guadalupe Posada (Oct. 7–Dec. 2, 2000)—Well-known illustrations of calaveras (live and characterized skeletons) by the first important Mexican artist of the 20th century, Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), who inspired the work of revolutionary muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Also included were his corridos (popular ballads), ejemplos (didactic poems), and posters promoting bull fights, theatre and circus performances. Drawn from the L.A.-based Elias Nahmias/Ann Chamberlin Posada Collection.
The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America (July 15–Oct. 15, 2000)—One hundred and fifty poignant images by celebrated American photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Tipper Gore depicting homelessness in cities across the nation. Organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in partnership with the National Alliance to Stop Homelessness.
Inside/Out: Downtown Los Angeles: Photographs by Marissa Roth (July 1–Sept. 24, 2000)—Sixty images of public and private areas undergoing significant change and providing insight into daily lives of those who claim downtown—executives working in Bunker Hill high-rises, artists living in industrial lofts, Latino families shopping on Broadway, views from a roof-top garden in Little Tokyo and those who call the streets “home.”
Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China (April 15–June 25, 2000)—Rare books, maps, relics, rubbings, and other treasures never seen outside of China revealing the astonishing evolution of the written and printed word—from ancient inscribed oracle bones to lavish silk scrolls printed for Imperial families. Organized by the Queens Borough Public Library and National Library of China.
That’s All, Folks! Bugs Bunny & Friends of Warner Bros. Cartoons (Jan. 22–April 2, 2000)—Works by animators associated with Warner Bros., the Hollywood studio that gave birth to some of the most popular cartoon characters in the world—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Elmer Fudd, Tweety, Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew and Yosemite Sam.
Local News: Tabloid Pictures from Los Angeles Herald Express, 1936–61 (Sept. 18, 1999–Jan. 9, 2000)—Curated by actress and filmmaker Diane Keaton, photographs of Los Angeles’ most eccentric characters, sensational happenings and bizarre “photo-ops” from the newspaper founded by William Randolph Hearst and known for its lurid headlines, short copy and news as entertainment.
Extra! More Local News (Sept. 18, 1999–Jan. 16, 2000)—A rich visual record of ordinary people and everyday events in companion to Local News. Images included a newspaper truck delivering Christmas toys to orphanages during the Depression and children gathering scrap rubber to aid the World War II effort as part of the Herald Express-sponsored junior army program.
Art.Rage.Us: The Art and Outrage of Breast Cancer (March 6–May 30, 1999)—A powerful collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs that made a magnificent statement about the healing power of art and were, at once, visually stunning, provocative, heart wrenching, sometimes gentle and introspective, often stark and defiant.