Cool arts happening along Melrose Avenue: Photo Independent

Visual arts
Photo Independent, a first-time fair in which photographic artists self-present, opens at historic Raleigh Studios this weekend concurrent to Paris Photo Los Angeles which rolls out also at a film studio, the venerable Paramount Studios. It all transforms several massive blocks of Melrose Avenue, steeped in film history, into a fine-arts juggernaut. The ambitious and ...

E.O. Hoppé’s “London” a jewel in Santa Monica

Visual arts
“Hoppé is to London as Atget is to Paris,” art curator Graham Howe tells us in an email. Howe manages the E.O Hoppé estate as the CEO of museum services organization, Curatorial Assistance, in Pasadena. He’s just organized a special exhibit of Hoppé’s London photography now on view at Bergamont Station in tandem with PhotoLA. The German-born ...

A dancer’s shoes

Dance · Fashion
  Zaldy, the trendy costume designer for Michael Jackson’s aptly named  “This is It” tour, speaks in the film’s DVD-extras about the custom loafers he created for the singer-dancer. The designer describes how he knocked off the cut and dimension of [hundreds of] loafers that [Jackson told Zaldy], “I can dance in.” Michael Jackson was ...

Hoppé’s impromptu Nijinsky photo session 1

Dance · Visual arts
This dapper fellow is E.O. Hoppé, Great Britain’s German-born society-and-arts photographer (1878-1972) whose current show at London’s National Portrait Gallery has spawned very positive reviews. [Click on E.O.’s photo for better view] And it all has a Los Angeles connection. arts·meme friend, Graham Howe, who divides his time between Sydney and Pasadena, is a distinguished photography ...