Wel­come the new year in down­town L.A.

Antelope Valley Press - - Front Page - BY JIM SKEEN

This week, we’re see­ing a selec­tion from Getty’s photo col­lec­tion, ad­mir­ing the artistry of Rose Pa­rade floats up close, bring­ing in 2020 at Grand Park and catch­ing some ex­hi­bi­tions be­fore they close in the first days of the new year.


The Getty Cen­ter, 1200 Getty Cen­ter Drive, is cel­e­brat­ing the 35th an­niver­sary of its photo col­lec­tion by ex­hibit­ing works never be­fore dis­played.

“Un­seen: 35 Years of Col­lect­ing Pho­to­graphs” fea­tures 200 never-be­fore-seen pho­tos from its col­lec­tion of more than 148,000 prints.

“From 19th-cen­tury Euro­pean and American pho­to­graphs from the early days of the medium, to con­tem­po­rary works pro­duced around the world, this ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights the breadth and depth of the col­lec­tion,” Getty.edu says. “As cu­ra­tors share and jux­ta­pose their fa­vorite images, viewers are in­vited to make their own visual as­so­ci­a­tions be­tween pho­to­graphs from dif­fer­ent times and places.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes pho­to­graphs by dozens of artists from the birth of the medium in the mid-19th cen­tury to the present day. The selec­tion also en­com­passes a va­ri­ety of pho­to­graphic pro­cesses, in­clud­ing the del­i­cate cyan­otypes of Anna Atkins (Bri­tish, 1799–1871), Po­laroids by Car­rie Mae Weems (American, born 1953) and Mary Ellen Mark (American, 1940-2015) and an ar­chi­tec­tural pho­to­graphic silkscreen on glass by Veronika Kell­ndor­fer (Ger­man, born 1962), getty.edu says.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs through March 8.

The Getty Cen­ter is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun­day through Fri­day and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Satur­day. The Getty is closed Mon­days.

Ad­mis­sion is free, but park­ing is $20; $15 af­ter 3 p.m.


We’re tak­ing lib­er­ties with the def­i­ni­tion of “week­end” to in­clude a cou­ple of items for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

L.A.’s big­gest New Year’s Eve party also hap­pens to be a free one — the an­nual bash at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., and the ad­join­ing Mu­sic Cen­ter Plaza. Or­ga­niz­ers call it L.A.’s big­gest mu­sic and dance party.

The event fea­tures two stages of si­mul­ta­ne­ous per­for­mances — the “Get Down Stage” will fea­ture an all-night dance party with DJs, while the “Count­down Stage” will fea­ture Pan Afrikan Peo­ples Arkestra (Leimert Park’s Afro-beat jazz band), DJ Pauli “The PSM” (drum­mer with the Go­ril­laz), Thee Sin­seers (an East L.A. R&B band), and Banda Las An­geli­nas (Comp­ton’s all-fe­male banda group).

The sights and sounds of the “Count­down Stage” will be broad­cast live on The Mu­sic Cen­ter Plaza’s gi­ant LED screens and there will be more than 40 food trucks on hand.

The high­light of the eve

ning will be 3-D video pro­jec­tions on City Hall for the count­down to mid­night.

There will be a lot of street clo­sures in the area, so your best bet is to take the Metro rail to the Civic Cen­ter sta­tion.

See mu­s­ic­cen­ter.org for a sched­ule and help­ful tips.

Rose Pa­rade Floats

You can see Rose Pa­rade floats up close with­out at­tend­ing the pa­rade. Floats in the fi­nal stages of dec­o­ra­tion and prepa­ra­tion can be viewed at the Rose­mont Pav­il­ion, 700 Seco St. (near the Rose Bowl), from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 28; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 29; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 30; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 31.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets are $15. Chil­dren 5 and un­der get in free. There will be no on-site tick­ets sold for Dec. 31. Tick­ets are avail­able through www. sharpseat­ing.com

A post-pa­rade show­case of floats takes place at the in­ter­sec­tion of Sierra Madre Boule­vard and Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., af­ter the pa­rade on Jan. 1 and again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 2. Tick­ets for view­ings are $20 through Sharp Seat­ing.

LA Zoo Fam­ily New Year’s Eve

The LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo

Drive, will have a fam­ily New Year’s Eve party in con­junc­tion with its Zoo Lights show.

At 6 p.m., Dec. 31, guests can en­joy a buf­fet din­ner with soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, games, a DJ dance party and a broad­cast of the Times Square ball drop. There will be com­pli­men­tary cham­pagne for the adults and sparkling ap­ple cider for the chil­dren.

Tick­ets are $74 for adults and $49 for chil­dren 2 to 12. See la­zoo.org for de­tails and tick­ets.

Clos­ing soon

There are some in­ter­est­ing ex­hi­bi­tions that will be wrap­ping up soon, in­clud­ing:

• “W/ALLS: De­fend, Di­vide and the Divine” at the

An­nen­berg Space for Photograph­y, 2000 Av­enue of the Stars. This ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures the works of over 70 artists and pho­tog­ra­phers ex­am­in­ing the var­i­ous as­pects of walls — artis­tic, so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal. The ex­hi­bi­tion closes Dec. 29. Ad­mis­sion is free. The An­nen­berg is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed­nes­day through Sun­day.

• “Dogs! A Sci­ence Tail.”

This ex­hi­bi­tion lets guests see the world from a ca­nine per­spec­tive. Ex­pe­ri­ences range from lis­ten­ing to hid­den sounds that dogs can hear but hu­mans can’t, ex­ca­vat­ing repli­cas of ac­tual fos­sils to de­ter­mine if they be­long to wolves or dogs, walk­ing a dog through an in­ter­ac­tive neigh­bor­hood to un­der­stand how pets strengthen the com­mu­nity, and test­ing your pop-cul­ture knowl­edge dur­ing a game of “Jeopawdy!” based on the show “Jeop­ardy.” Ticket prices range from $7.95 to $9.95 and avail­able at www.cal­i­for­ni­a­science­cen­ter.org

The ex­hi­bi­tion closes Jan. 5. The Cal­i­for­nia Sci­ence Cen­ter is lo­cated at 700 Ex­po­si­tion Drive and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note that there’s a Rams game on Dec. 29 and traf­fic will be heavy that day.

• “Coy­ote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fon­seca and In­dian Coun­try: The Art of David Bradley at The Autry.” Us­ing the fig­ure of the coy­ote, Fon­seca, a gay man of mixed eth­nic her­itage, used the fig­ure of the coy­ote to nav­i­gate dif­fer­ent as­pects of his life and iden­tity (per­sonal fa­vorites are coy­otes as char­ac­ters in the op­eras Car­men and La Bo­heme). Draw­ing in­flu­ence from di­verse sources such as Santa Fe–style paint­ing of the 1930s–40s, Re­nais­sance art, pop cul­ture, ad­ver­tis­ing and film, Bradley’s work is at once se­ri­ous and fun, his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary. Both ex­hi­bi­tions close Jan. 5. The Autry is lo­cated at 4700 Western Her­itage Way and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur­day and Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $14 for adults and $6 for kids 3 to 12. The Autry will be closed New Year’s Eve, but open, with free ad­mis­sion, on New Year’s Day.

Cour­tesy photo

The ex­hibits, “Coy­ote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fon­seca and In­dian Coun­try: The Art of David Bradley at The Autry,” will close Jan. 5.

Cour­tesy photo

The “Dogs! A Sci­ence Tail” ex­hi­bi­tion lets guests see the world from a ca­nine per­spec­tive.

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