Culture: High & Low With Carolina A. Miranda
Islamic State smashes Palmyra artifacts; UNESCO calls it 'industrial scale' destruction

The future does not bode well for the ancient archaeological site of Palmyra in Syria -- or any other archaeological sites within reach of Islamic State militants.

Images released over the last two days by militants in the region show a man smashing statues that are purported to have come from Palmyra. Also reputedly destroyed is the Lion of al-Lat, a 15-ton, 2,000-year-old statue that once guarded...

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Datebook: A photo archive, experiments from Yale MFAs, an architecture of columns

A photographic archive covering two decades comes to life in Culver City. Yale MFAs get a show in West Hollywood. And an L.A. architect plays with the idea of the column. It’s Fourth of July, so openings are limited. (Be sure to check ahead for gallery hours over the weekend since many places may be closed or have limited hours.) In the meantime, here are four shows worth a look:

A.L. Steiner, “Come...

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Petition launched to save Griffith Park Teahouse after report it might be taken down

It may be a short life for Los Angeles' Griffith Park Teahouse, the surreptitiously installed artists' project that materialized on a ridge in the park Monday night and was inaugurated with a dawn ceremony Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, a Twitter feed connected to the anonymous collective of artists who created the teahouse announced that the city's Department of Recreation & Parks was talking about...

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From the ashes: Artists create teahouse in Griffith Park with wood from 2007 fire

The invitation was cryptic. A small piece of wood with a laser-burned message that read, "June 30, 2015. Please join us for tea and wishes overlooking the city. Sunrise, Griffith Park." 

The only other instructions directed recipients to meet at the Griffith Observatory parking lot at dawn and "follow the lights."

So at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a time when the freeways are largely empty and the...

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Remembering Miriam Schapiro: The unheralded legacy of a CalArts pioneer

When Miriam Schapiro passed away at the age of 91 earlier this month on Long Island, the art world lost an important painter and feminist pioneer. A restless figure who spent decades championing the work of women in slide-filled lectures she delivered all over the country, she was a notable artist herself.

Perhaps most significantly, Schapiro — who was known as "Mimi" to her friends — also helped...

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Roundup: A Rembrandt returns, finding Mary Ellen Mark's iconic smoking girl

An artist is ordered by a court to make it big. The European parliament is set to vote on the right to take and share pictures of public monuments. A reporter finds the young girl from an iconic 1990s photograph. Plus: the charmingly bananas history of LACMA’s Art and Technology program, what Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s work might signify (both politically and artistically), and a battered Rembrandt...

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