The new Broad museum, though efficiently designed, really only comes alive on the periphery

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It’s a depressingly reliable fact of Los Angeles architecture: Nothing comes easily on Bunker Hill.

Segerstrom Center launches $68-million drive to redesign plaza and cover fundraising failure

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has launched a $68-million campaign to reach a broader, more diverse public, centered on reconfiguring its outdoor plaza to make it busier and more attractive, with stepped-up free events and a shady, “town square” atmosphere.

L.A. theater openings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and more

This week: Shakespeare, Shakespeare and more Shakespeare. Plus, a new Civil War-set musical drama and a pairing of two dark comedies about sibling rivalries.

Computer-generated art that meditates on authorship and creativity

An intellectually stimulating exhibition with an annoying title, “Is This This That” at Greene Exhibitions contrasts the computer-generated work of Siebren Versteeg and Johannes Bendzulla with 1960s prints and sculpture by Norman Zammitt.

Roundup: Palmyra temple destroyed, Zaha’s controversial stadium, Banksy’s Disneyland

Islamic militants destroy a 2,000-year-old temple in Syria. A pair of L.A. architects defend a new design proposal for the L.A. County Museum of Art. And a prominent architect criticizes the decision to not build a Zaha Hadid-designed stadium in Tokyo. Plus: Banksy’s take on Disneyland, tourists…

The art project filling MacArthur Park Lake with thousands of painted spheres

If all goes according to plan, by the time Tuesday morning rolls around, the lake at MacArthur Park will be bursting with an estimated 2,500 colorful spheres. Hand-painted by roughly 10,000 volunteers around the Los Angeles area – principally schoolchildren – the project, organized by the L.A.-based…

Dissident artist Tania Bruguera back in the U.S. after being detained for 8 months in Cuba

Performance artist Tania Bruguera, who had her passport confiscated in Cuba after trying to stage a performance about freedom of expression in a public plaza in Havana, is back in the U.S., according to a statement issued by #YoTambienExijo, the art and activism program run by Bruguera and her…

‘Paintings of Moholy-Nagy’ gives only a taste of the artist’s eclectic body of work

When it comes to Hungarian-born American artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), the only thing more difficult than pronouncing his name is grasping the significance of his art.

Art swap: That 50-cent thrift-store painting? It might be a Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia original

Like many artists, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia makes work for galleries and museums. But unlike many artists, he regularly gives his work away to thrift shops. 

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