Abe Ahn

Museums

The Contemporary Cultural Life of Tokyo in 10 Themes

by Abe Ahn on February 8, 2016

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TOKYO — At the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), the exhibit “Tokyo”: Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis reflects on the cultural life of the Japanese capital as it prepares for the 2020 Olympics.

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Museums

The Museum of Neon Art Switches Back on in LA

by Abe Ahn on February 3, 2016

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GLENDALE, Calif. — The warm, electric glow and mid-century charm of neon signs are enduring features of Los Angeles’s historical buildings, but some of the city’s most beloved examples have not been seen since the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) closed its downtown LA location in 2011.

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Museums

Imagining the Inner Lives of Animals

by Abe Ahn on January 28, 2016

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LOS ANGELES — During a recent visit to Japan, I happened upon one of its novelty animal cafés, one specializing in owls.

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LOS ANGELES — The story of Yokosuka, as told by photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, takes place in lonely, foreboding streets, where the miracle of Japan’s postwar economy seems to not have shaken off the grit and grime of history.

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LOS ANGELES — The Triforium was supposed to be a beacon for Los Angeles’ future, but forty years after its completion, the public artwork has yet to fulfill the vision of its creator.

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LOS ANGELES — So much of Los Angeles geography is characterized by fences, doors, and distance, to keep some of us in and others out.

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Theaters

In Uganda, a Performance Artist Confronts Her Privilege

by Abe Ahn on November 25, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — Tired of being an internet activist, performance artist Kristina Wong left behind the comfortable safety of her armchair and computer to set out for three weeks in northern Uganda.

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Galleries

Made in Cuba but Exhibited in LA

by Abe Ahn on November 20, 2015

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — As US–Cuba relations begin to thaw, a pop-up art show continues the decades-long work of cultural diplomacy by Cuban artists.

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LOS ANGELES — A normally quiet and industrial stretch of Mission Road that abuts the Los Angeles River came to life on Saturday evening when a group of artists and activists put together a mobile art exhibit celebrating the working-class neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

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LOS ANGELES — Over the summer, a group of artists invited the public to talk critically and humorously about race, art, and survival in a context where they could not only vent frustrations but also share resources and build community as people of color.

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