Celebrating The Art & Icons of Día de los Muertos

In recent years, the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, has become increasingly popular. Simply look to the sheer amount of decor at Target or Pier 1 Imports: you’ll find sugar skulls and smiling skeletons in … Continued

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Kinesthesia & More at the Palm Springs Art Museum

In our last blog post, we mentioned Palm Springs Art Museum’s participation in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. After taking a look at the museum’s website, we figured we’d get started in exploring as many of the LA/LA exhibits as we can…starting with … Continued

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Time to Check Out “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: no, LA/LA isn’t related to La La Land in any way besides the fact that the art show is also centered in Los Angeles. If you don’t live in Southern California, … Continued

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Going for Baroque at the Norton Simon Museum

Odds are that you’re already familiar with Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, even if you’re not aware of it. Though you may not recognize it without the big rose emblem that generally adorns the building’s exterior during TV broadcasts of the … Continued

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Fun for All Ages with the National Gallery of Art’s Art Zone

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is renowned for its collection, as we’re all aware. But there’s now even more to be excited about, both inside and outside the museum. Our Head Director of the Art Docent Program, … Continued

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Exploring Laguna Beach’s Festival of the Arts

We’ve explored the Pageant of the Masters here at the Art Docent Program blog, but we’ve never dove into its sister event, the Festival of the Arts. The two events occur at the same complex in Laguna Beach, with the … Continued

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Audubon’s “Birds of America” Illustrations are Now Online

As the world becomes progressively more digital, we here at the Art Docent Program have been covering more and more stories about art going digital. Collections at places like the Met are now available online, and Google Maps even has … Continued

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High Art on Lowriders at the Petersen’s Latest Exhibit

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is celebrating unique pieces of high art on what might at first seem like unlikely canvases: lowrider cars. Opened last month, The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración  is currently … Continued

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Art Shop: Do Art-Inspired Items Add or Detract from the Work?

So you can’t own your own piece by Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, or Vincent Van Gogh: that seems to be a right reserved for today’s elite. But what if you could own a piece that’s straight out of your favorite … Continued

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Dynamic Duo: Klimt & Rodin Take San Francisco

The works of Gustav Klimt, in all their gilded glory, are coming to the Bay Area en masse for the first time. But they won’t be alone. Works by the artist best known as a “Vienna Secessionist” will join many … Continued

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