A Visit to The Getty Villa

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Seeking Perspective
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459 Foreground and background, structure and infrastructure: two ways of sitting depicted at the Getty Villa. CLUI photoAFTER SEVERAL YEARS AND $275 million dollars, the Getty Villa has opened again to the public, the "largest art event" in Los Angeles this year. Just as we reported, in 1997, on the opening of the new Getty Center, that great cultural acropolis in the hills of Brentwood, we visited the "neo" classical Villa for a preview in January, a few weeks before it opened to the public, and are submitting the following report.

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Los Angeles Ground Zero

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A Study Of East Coast vs West Coast
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458 Los Angeles’ Ground Zero, with the palms of Playa Vista. CLUI photoA LOOK AT THE WEST COAST'S World Trade Center Ground Zero, located in a lot in Los Angeles, near Culver City (for the moment), makes for an interesting study in the contrast between the two big American cities, their respective landscapes, and the differing versions of culture that they represent.

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The Landscape of Corn

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And When Not A Cornfield Is A Cornfield
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455 The Not A Cornfield is, once again, not a cornfield, but is back to being just the Cornfields. NAC photo by Steve Rowell THE CORN IS GONE FROM downtown Los Angeles. The harvest was the last event in a nine month project known as Not A Cornfield, which involved planting 32 acres of corn in a former railyard brownfield near Chinatown known generally over the years, for some reason, as the Cornfields.

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Dixie Mall R.I.P.

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454 CLUI photo by Steve RowellTHE DIXIE SQUARE SHOPPING MALL, crowned by the CLUI in a 2003 exhibit as The Best Dead Mall in America, is coming down. The monument to '70's commercial decrepitude, which after more than 20 years of abandonment, had evolved into a labyrinthian museum of decay, is, at the very moment of this writing, being bulldozed into piles, to make way for a new development.

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The Henry Ford Experience

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A Vertically Integrated Interpretive Assembly Line
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447 Richard Pell, of the Institute for Applied Autonomy, operates a robotic souvenir machine that makes molded statuettes of Henry Ford at the Henry Ford Museum. CLUI photoEVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER AT THE Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan. The museum is located at what must be the largest and most diversified corporate headquarters landscapes in the nation.

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CLUI Kiosk On View In NYC

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Whitney Museum Providing Space Through May 2006
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112 CLUI touchscreen kiosk at the Whitney Museum in New York. CLUI photoTHE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN Art has generously provided temporary floorspace for a CLUI informational kiosk in their venue on Madison Avenue, in Manhattan. The kiosk contains a program, navigated by a touch-sensitive screen, that introduces users to the Center and its projects. Similar CLUI touchscreens have been sent to other museums and public display spaces domestically, and abroad.

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Vacation: Dauphin Island

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443 House on Dauphin Island. CLUI photo AN EXHIBIT ABOUT DAUPHIN ISLAND was on display at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Los Angeles exhibit hall this winter, as part of the Center’s Coastal Islands: Fragments of America program. The exhibit, titled Vacation: Dauphin Island, looked at the community there as a representative extreme of the architecture that has immerged in the hurricane and flood-prone Gulf coast.

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Winter 2006

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Winter 2006
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December 1, 2006
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Maybe we will finally be able to see the forest when we cut down all the trees. - Confucius, attributed

Editor's Note: On the Horizon

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