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LOS ANGELES — The past few weeks, thanks to the Star Walk app, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Jupiter and the Moon flirt and dance in the sky. The planet looks like a star to my untrained eye, but it’s the largest in the solar system and largely gaseous.
What would it be like to touch down on Jupiter? Dan Goods, who holds the fabulous title of Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, recently gave us a glimpse at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. I saw the installation, Beneath the Surface, at a recent Mindshare Los Angeles event and loved the out-of-this-world landscape he created.
To bring the piece further to life and make it interactive, he introduced UV lightning bolts that crash through the planet. But as the naked eye can’t see UV, we have to use the cameras on our cell phones — “Except the iPhone 4,” he quickly noted. “Those have UV filters now.” — to see them. It’s a thrilling installation that makes that little dot in the sky that much more mysterious.
Want to see Jupiter too? The installation travels. “I’m looking for new venues,” he told me.
Josué Rojas came from El Salvador as a toddler, and his family settled in the Mission.
For a fleeting few hours, a procession of boats on the Grand Canal reenacted the full pomp and pageantry of 15th-century Venice.
The intricate patterns and strategic colors of the linens used on mummified remains have only begun to be understood by humanists, museum specialists, and chemists working together.
With films touching on protest in France, China’s one-child policy, and Indigenous life in Canada, the 2021 Currents program stays both culturally and politically forward-thinking.
In The Contest of the Fruits, the art collective Slavs and Tatars investigates language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world.