"Los Angeles, California. The evacuation of the Japanese-Americans from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Waiting with their luggage at the old Santa Fe station for a train to take them to Owens Valley" I Russell Lee (1942)
Photogrammar is an online archive from Yale University with 170,000 photographs from the Farm Security Adminstration / Office of War Information. "Approximately 88,000 were printed and placed in the filing cabinets of the FSA-OWI. 77,000 photographs were printed by Stryker’s division and 11,000 prints collected from other sources. Paul Vanderbilt joined the FSA-OWI in 1942 and created a new organizing system for the collection." Check out whatever region you want, state by state or county by county. The top photo comes from a large set showing Japanese-Americans from Southern California gathering at the Santa Fe station. Below, Dorothea Lange in El Monte.
"El Monte federal subsistence homesteads. One hundred homes, all occupied, each with three quarters of an acre land. Average family income, eight hundred dollars per annum" I Photographer Dorothea Lange (1936)
ADD AUGUST 19: Grand Central Market listed at Number Ten. Andrew Knowlton account for the decision:
Let me explain. Over the past year, Grand Central Market, much like the rest of downtown L.A., has seen a remarkable renaissance. When I first started going to GCM a decade ago, it was for tacos and a glimpse into a world much different than what you’d find in, say, Malibu. It was authentic, if a bit gritty. Some of the food was good; much of it wasn’t. But now, with new stands joining the fray, it’s great
Grand Central Market revamped dining may have pushed out some favored bargain vendors, but the venue being nominated as one of Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurant 2014 is an impressive turn for the almost 100-year-old landmark. It’s one of the magazine's 50 nominees.
It’s bustling with updated purveyors and restaurants (customers, too), from the upscale egg sandwiches at Eggslut to one of the country's best burgers (and the beef to make your own) at Belcampo Meat Co. Alongside these new ventures, long-standing Latino vendors like Ana Maria, with its overstuffed gorditas, are crucial to the appeal; it’s that diversity that makes the market delicious—and unique as a one-stop, culinary snapshot of the LA food scene.
Bon Appétit recommends the “O.G. Pastrami at Wexler's Deli; pupusas at Sarita's Pupuseria; Thai barbecued chicken at Sticky Rice; the Slut at Eggslut; Texas brisket at Horse Thief BBQ” and the stoneware mugs for G&B Coffee,
"Strawberry Fields Forever" (2014) La Santa Cecilia
There are clips of La Santa Cecilia singing ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ floating around, but now we have this. The band's cover of the Lennon-McCartney classic is now animated and dedicated to migrant agricultural workers. Have some recent concert clips at Artbound Studio A. Have an old post at blogdowntown.
I'm late to this party, but since "Weird Al" Yankovic hit the number one spot on Billboard 200 with "Mandatory Fun," we must give give a nod to the king of pop culture appropriation. The one-take music video was filmed at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Irony points for the cover, a twist on the visual cues of street art socialism. "WA"Y explains at Newsweek:
"There’s Russian propaganda and Chinese propaganda. Basically I’m just playing on the title Mandatory Fun, which is an oxymoron that’s been in our culture for a while. It’s used a lot at corporate retreats and I hear it’s a term in the military. I just thought it’d be fun to take that term to its logical extreme."
The opening week of RECAT’s 11th annual New Original Works Festival spin in with eclectic dance that merge music and movement with artists pushing format, something that for a city that relies on creative formula, it is change that’s aspires to elevate performance, even if some are still in experimental stages.
Themed with cultural displacement, Wilfried Souly's "Saana/The Foreigner", Rosana Gamson/World Wide's "Still", and Overtone Industries' "Iceland" opened the festival with a sold-out house on Friday night, and the performance began in the lobby. Pulling from the traditions of his native Burkina, Souly laid rugs on the floor, then guided cultural lovers in the lobby with emotional call to take seats with background music of African chanting and children, and passages from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," (which the chant for a Grand Ave cultural tribe.) The lobby crowd watched Souly, then in accidental choreography of urban tribal performances, they surrounded him like he was a street performer before he led a audience migration into the theatre. Inside Souly was accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Julio Montero and Tom Moose, who as immigrants to the U.S. add another layer of what displacement and journey is with their mixing of music genre and foreign language sampling timed to dance.
"Still,” as choreographed by Rosanna Gamson, explored the neuroscience of dreams expressed with shifting black curtains, dimming and moving lights, and six emotive dancers for a polished and nuanced performance of what is tension clashing with tender. The two women and four men, in tank top and briefs, intertwined bodies with violent struggle against the sounds of strings, classical music, and post-rock, the pauses and ends with quiet visceral stillness.
Overtone Industires' "Iceland" was a miniature musical with a team of ten from the Hidden Folk Choir, two soloists, and a chamber orchestra. The performance offered the clever use of stagecraft as performers sang in Icelandic costumes. Stage sets transitioned seamlessly while capturing the initial spark of a love story felt between hero and heroine in this concept in progress.
"Every familiar building, landmark, roofline and mural is photographed by Ian Wood. This is good: the challenge has been thrown down for quad-flying urban videographers. And let's stop calling them drones, eh?" LAObserved.
Auguste Rodin’s Figures d’ombres (Shadow Figures) will make an U.S. debut at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Art Park July 17. It's part of a year-long 50th Anniversary Suster City celebration between the City of Bordeaux and City of Los Angeles, and gives Angelenos the chance to see 127 prints and artifacts from Bordeaux’s Musée Goupil. Also on view are original engraved copper plates and unframed works, that reveal written instructions to the famed printer Goupil. Programming will also feature several free printmaking workshops.