April 2010

Culture(d)—April 2010

edited by MAYER RUS

Roy McMakin, When Is a Chair Not a Chair


Roy McMakin doesn’t really care about artificial distinctions between art, craft and design. In his eponymous monograph—subtitled When Is a Chair Not a Chair—he says dryly: “Today, I make paintings, houses, chairs, sculptures, tables, photographs, drawings, vases, chests of drawers and juice glasses. These endeavors require the creativity of the artist as well as the pragmatism of the design professional and small businessman.” Essays by John Baldessari, curator Michael Darling and photographer Lisa Eisner illuminate the man’s marvelous maverick ways. $65.

Los Angeles Antiques Show, antique textiles


Design junkies, prepare for liftoff. The annual Los Angeles Antiques Show returns to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar April 21–25. This year’s exhibitors include newcomers Steinitz of Paris and New York’s Carlton Hobbs, as well as such returning favorites as San Francisco’s Lotus Collection of antique textiles (above). For collectors and dabblers alike, the lecture series features a panel on the state of the antiques market (moderated by yours truly) on April 23, with Michael Bruno of 1stdibs. $20. Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., losangelesantiqueshow.com.

Gustavo Dudamel’s Americas and Americans Festival, los angeles, cultured


Gustavo Dudamel’s Americas and Americans Festival with the L.A. Philharmonic aims to bridge musical borders. One of the event’s many highlights is Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla. Come for the music (by the Phil, the L.A. Master Chorale and the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela), behold the film (by Alberto Arvelo) and revel in the costumes by Neliana Fuenmayor (above), Solange Arvelo and Angel Sanchez, who outfitted narrators Helen Hunt and Édgar Ramírez. The fest runs April 6–May 2. $42–$160. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A., laphil.org.