Judy Graeme is the arts editor for LA Observed. A photographer, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has shot news, features and fashion for Time, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, W and California magazine, among other publications. Email
I have to thank LACMA Costume and Textiles curator Kaye Spilker for pointing me toward what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my recent trip to the French and Spanish Basque country.
Melissa Barak concentrates during an audition Sunday for the Barak Ballet, at the Westside School of Ballet.
"Kimono for a Modern Age" at LACMA presents more than 30 of the traditional Japanese garments. Curator Sharon S. Takeda walks us through.
Janie Taylor has retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (at 33) and moved to Los Angeles. She talks about shifting her life and continuing to grow as a designer.
Clare Vivier, Anita Ko, and George Esquivel were invited to peruse LACMA's permanent collection for design inspiration.
The Oscar winner talked about designing a look for Emily Blunt to portray Queen Victoria. "You don't always have to buy the most expensive to make things look expensive...it's what you do with them."
Spotted this weekend in Palm Springs: a star honoring the late photographer Julius Shulman, whose images helped elevate public admiration of mid-century modern homes and style.
Misty Copeland, the only black female soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theater, will be back home in Los Angeles this week talking about her new memoir. The book explores her rise from a vagabond childhood to stature in the ballet world, where she found a surrogate family.
or an exhibition celebrating 40 years of her iconic wrap dress, New York fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg chose Los Angeles. "LA is very much pop culture and this dress is pop culture," she said Friday.
Carol Vernon feels at home in LACMA's current photography exhibit for a good reason. She was with her parents when they acquired many of the photos.
Dancer choreographers Melissa Barak and Danielle Agami have both started LA dance companies. Next month, they will combine their talents on the Broad Stage.
Universal Studios has had a costume department since 1915. LA Observed takes a walk around the place with manager Poppy Cannon-Reese.
The self-proclaimed "bad boy of photography," known for his provocative, edgy and highly sexual fashion images, had a decades-long relationship with Los Angeles. It continued until his death in a 2004 car crash outside the Chateau Marmont, his winter home for many years.
The Grammy Museum bills Ringo: Peace and Love, which opens Wednesday, as the first major exhibit dedicated to the former Beatle's career and the first ever for a drummer. The exhibit runs through March 2014.
The first major museum retrospective of Jones' work comes later this month to the Hammer Museum. Jones was a seminal figure in late mid-century modern architecture and planning.
Paris Photo is the annual photography fair held in France — in the U.S. this weekend for the first time. On the lot at Paramount Studios are gallery spaces, booksellers such as Taschen and Aperture and live artist conversations and film screenings.
New York based artist Shinique Smith is known for taking everyday, unwanted objects and transforming them into complex, colorful sculptures. She came to Los Angeles to share with students in the LAUSD school on the site of the former Otis Art Institute
Choreographer/dancer Melissa Barak might just be one of those rare people — a deeply committed artist who is equally passionate about business. If this is the case, then she will need all the business savvy she can muster because Barak has big plans.
Benjamin Millepied, the founder of the one-year-old LA Dance Project, is leaving next year to take over the Paris Opera Ballet. What that means for his local dance company is unclear.
"It started with a cold call from someone representing a collector," said the museum's senior curator of costumes and textiles. "Would we be interested in a 20th century couture collection? It was all very anonymous."
Found color for Christmas inside the Wacko store on Hollywood Boulevard.
Tiler Peck came back to California last weekend to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Pacific Festival Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" in Thousand Oaks. We hung out backstage with the principal dancer of the NYC Ballet.
The Downton Abbey roadshow came to town Friday night to promote the show's third season coming up on PBS. More than 300 fans filed into the Pacific Design Center to see and hear Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and other cast members. Photos and chit-chat were encouraged.
A choir of Mennonites sings on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn't the usual ladies room chatter the other night during intermission of "Anything Goes" at the Ahmanson Theater. "Damn, why didn't I take tap?" one woman said. Others murmured in agreement.
"Stanley Kubrick" is the first retrospective exhibition of the legendary filmmaker's work in the U.S. It's co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and opens Nov. 1.
The National Ballet of Canada's hugely ambitious production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (in Los Angeles for a brief three day run at the Music Center) has much to offer. But the real stars are the sets, costumes and special effects. Video inside.
A few years ago I hunkered down in the FIDM library in downtown Los Angeles with a stack of Vogues from the 1960's. The editor at the time was Diana Vreeland. who reveled in the 60's, making the most of the explosion in pop culture. She clearly admired film, music, and dance and regularly integrated them into her pages, as a new documentary shows.
One of my favorite things about "Downton Abbey" (besides the addictive story lines and actor Dan Stevens' blue eyes) are the costumes. Designer Susannah Buxton won an Emmy for her work on the show in 2011 and is nominated again this year. Starting Tuesday, Los Angeles fans of the show and its costumes can see some of them up close, as well as sartorial creations from other Emmy-nominated shows.
On a recent Wednesday morning, Tiler Peck, one of the most brilliant young stars in the world of ballet, strolled through the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica completely unnoticed. The New York City Ballet principal dancer and California native was on hiatus from the company and quite happy to be back on home turf.
Photo by Judy Graeme.
How is it that until about a week ago I'd never heard of the surrealist photographer Francesca Woodman? We even went to the same school.
Chris Burden's Metropolis II installation opens to the public on Saturday. It was previewed for the media yesterday.
After viewing the traveling show "The Elizabeth Taylor Collection" at MOCA PDC this morning, it isn't hard to understand why Andy Warhol once said, "It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."
An exhibition of the artists who formed a community around Sam Maloof in the Claremont area opens today at the Huntington Library.
The exhibition opening Sunday at LACMA is organized "in relation to Burbank," Burton's hometown.
If last week's royal wedding has left you wanting more things British, check out the Huntington Library's exhibit "Revisiting the Regency: England, 1811-1820"
David Smith, considered the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, is the subject of a new exhibit opening April 3 at LACMA's Resnick Pavilion. That's almost poignant, since he died in 1965 before the new museum could show his work.
The French co-curator of the Getty's current photography exhibit learned to love trees at an early age.
I have a confession to make. I'm a Bill-a-holic. I can't start the weekend without first checking out legendary photographer Bill Cunningham's column of street fashion on the New York Times website.
Here's a preview of the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition of costumes from this year's films, which opens Tuesday at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
I knew I would love LACMA's current exhibit "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915." Getting to view the historical dresses, men's wear and period undergarments with a top Hollywood costume designer was an extra treat.
LACMA's unveiling of the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion continued today with a preview for the media.
On a recent morning in a bright, pristine studio near Downtown, dancers with the City Ballet of Los Angeles rehearse an upcoming piece. Their studio is in a Salvation Army community center in the Pico-Union district, not far from Staples Center and L.A. Live.
One of my Oscar rituals is to visit the annual exhibit of motion picture costumes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Downtown. Check out this year's show.
Mini-malls might seem an unlikely subject for photographer and UCLA professor Catherine Opie, who first gained notoriety in the art world with large-scale portraits of the sadomasochistic leather culture in San Francisco.
Audio slide show: I was allowed to observe up close as the dancers in the Los Angeles Ballet prepared for this year's Nutrcracker.
The Los Angeles artist grew up near downtown and named her newest exhibit after the Spanish and Japanese words for dreams.
When an important photographer like Penn works for this many years, people are bound to be affected on different levels. I know I have been.
Jo Ann Callis is one of the few living artists to be featured in a Getty exhibition. Her students are impressed.
When do we ever get to appreciate their work? Now we can — and help public schools too.
Jessie Gentry is fascinated by Los Angeles' grittier history, including murder scenes. Next in the Observing an L.A. Photographer series.
Last week in Arizona I got a taste of Manny mania and the reality was even more intriguing than the media hype. I stood inches away from the star hitter and had the strongest urge to touch his hair.
I got a little teary when I heard that Richard Jenkins was nominated for a best actor Oscar for "The Visitor." I met him when I was a photography student at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
Legendary 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins, who is the subject of an exhibition at the Getty, traveled hard miles around California with a simple motto: stand "where the view looks best."
Monica Almeida has the perspective of a native Angeleno who photographs Los Angeles for an East Coast newspaper: the New York Times.
The late photographer shot some of the most iconic images of Los Angeles, and you can see some of them now at the Huntington.
Charles Brittin's images of 1950s and '60s Los Angeles — especially the art avant-garde and Venice Beach before money arrived — might finally bring him the fame he deserves.
LAPL senior librarian Carolyn Kozo Cole and volunteers are pulling together photos that tell the history of Los Angeles' lost age as a manufacturing power. From tire plants to perfume factories, It's the historical record of "a beautiful subject," she says.
Photographer Joyce Campbell gave us a fresh way of viewing neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Each of the images was made using soil she collected on forays around the city.
Until I read Steve Martin's enjoyable new memoir, "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life," I never would have connected him with Diane Arbus. She photographed circus freaks and transvestites. He always seemed more straight.
Our booth was the best place to hide from the vultures hovering outside. Lunch was ruined anyway, so the course of action was obvious. "Why don't you guys take our table," I offered. Katherine Heigl accepted with a smile.
Some of the most heartfelt, gut-wrenching — and sometimes simply beautiful — street photography in Los Angeles is being created by low-income teenagers who meet once a week after school at the St. Francis Center on Hope Street in Downtown.
The just opened exhibit "Julius Shulman's Los Angeles" at the LAPL's Getty Gallery is a love letter (albeit a complex one) from Shulman to the city he has called home since 1920.
For 27 years Iris Schneider took pictures for the Times. Now she's exploring the city on her own.
Edward Weston tried to expunge Los Angeles from his memory late in life, but he created many important photographs here. Some of them are coming to the Getty this month.
That's it for me. Harper's Bazaar lost me for good with this month's cover. Can't say I didn't warn them....
My 17-year-old daughter and I have many things in common, but perhaps the most surprising is our mutual deep affection for Dustin Hoffman.
Manhattan Beach's most notorious lingerie model is back from holiday and ready for her close-up.
"Getty Underground" is an in-house art show of work by museum employees — from curators to receptionists. They do it every two years, but only staffers and selected visitors ever get to see it.
I am going through what might be the most terrifying phase a parent in Los Angeles must endure. I am...
I like fashion magazines, I admit it. I've had a subscription to Vogue for as long as I can remember...
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