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five honest thoughts on being loved by the Perceptual Cell — james turrell at LACMA

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by BOJAN SRB

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), known to most Californian college students as ‘that place from my spring break cover photo,’ is hosting James Turrell: A Retrospective until April 2014. The exhibit is an absorbing sensory experience, challenging our understanding of the visual world, erecting novel perceptual phenomena, and foregrounding a modernized spin on the ancient idea that light leads to enlightenment.

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The Buttery Light, The Darkness Outside: Tuesdays in the Pool Room #2

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by RACHEL MEWES

My first thought upon entering the Kairos poolroom on Tuesday evening was that the atmosphere was perfect. Christmas lights cast the actors’ faces in a warm, yellow glow as they sat in an intimate semicircle of chairs onstage, their soft conversation mingling with the smooth jazz in the background.  Some of them sipped water out of mason jars while highlighting their lines and they smiled at their peers who were filling the room.  I couldn’t help but think that I was about to see something pretty special. 

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An Activated Sense of Place: Diebenkorn at the de Young

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by GEORGE PHILIP LEBOURDAIS

Stanford University didn’t yet have a school of Humanities and Sciences when Richard Diebenkorn arrived as a freshman in 1940, but the young San Franciscan had come to study the arts. How strange that decision sounds today.

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