June 2011

Culture(d)—June 2011

edited by MAYER RUS


It comes as no surprise that the great antiquarians of the world live in high style. Less predictable is the diversity of decorative dramas orchestrated by those who make taste and set trends. Dealer’s Choice: At Home with Purveyors of Antique and Vintage Furnishings, by Craig Kellogg, offers an object lesson in the artful arrangement of decorative treasures. The survey features an array of local lovelies, including the homes of dealers Joel Chen (above), Adam Blackman, David Cruz, Robert Willson and David Serrano, among others. The book is also a great shopping opportunity. As Cruz says, “I’m not sentimental about the stuff in my home. If someone offers me a good price, it’s gone.”


Ed Ruscha’s obsession with Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel On the Road comes to fruition in an exhibition of new work at the Hammer Museum. Organized by chief curator Douglas Fogle, the show, fittingly titled Ed Ruscha: On the Road, includes the artist’s limited-edition version of the novel (published in 2009 by Gagosian Gallery and Steidl), as well as six large paintings and 10 drawings, each incorporating an appropriated fragment of text from Kerouac’s chef d’oeuvre. June 11–Oct. 2. hammer.ucla.edu.


When the 65th Ojai Music Festival settles into the renovated Libbey Bowl, visitors will be greeted by Sound Arch, a melodic interactive sculpture created by artist Trimpin. The environmental installation works like a chiming instrument, with resonators and internal mallet mechanisms activated by motion sensors. This year includes performances by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and director Peter Sellars’ new staging of George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny. June 9–12. $25-$100; lawn seating, $15. ojaifestival.org.