Special guest: Post-screening conversation with actresses Nancy Kwan and Irene Tsu.
Flower Drum Song represents a Hollywood milestone for Chinese American representation with its all-dancing, all-singing, and almost all-Asian cast, headlined by James Shigeta, Oscar-winner Miyoshi Umeki, Jack Soo, Benson Fong, Patrick Adiarte, and Nancy Kwan in her follow-up to The World of Suzie Wong (1960); Juanita Hall reprised her yellowfaced Broadway portrayal of Madame Liang. This lavish romantic comedy gave many Americans their first look at Chinatown beyond tourist facades, and was later inducted into the National Film Registry for its stories of immigration and cultural assimilation. The musical, with joyful tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, earned five Oscar nominations for art direction, cinematography, and costumes, as well as its music scoring, and sound. Hermes Pan choreographed the lively routines.
The gardens, store, 1919 Cafe, Jade Court Cafe, Red Car coffee shop and select galleries are now open. Advance online timed entry reservations are now required ONLY on weekends, Monday holidays, and Free Days for both visitors and Members.
Around 900 years ago, a Maya scribe made the Códice Maya de México, a sacred book that tracked and predicted movements of the planet Venus. Today it is the oldest book of the Americas, one of only four surviving Maya manuscripts that predate the arrival of Europeans. A remarkable testament to the complexity of Indigenous astronomy, the Codice on display in the US for the first time in 50 years.
The Artists At Work culminating exhibition recognizes the community engagement work of Taylor Griffith and Nancy Lynée Woo, fellows of the Artists At Work (AAW) program in LA County. During their 2022 residency, Griffith and Woo partnered with AGCC, in conjunction with AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and SBCC (Strength Based Community Change) respectively, to provide free public programming in the Southbay Harbor region. Taylor Griffith’s practice combines his ocean-dive research with methods of photography and sculptural installation,…
Co-curated by Gloria Gem Sanchez and Jynx Prado, this group exhibition pays homage to the de facto art school and artist-run space, Slanguage Studio, started in 2002 by artists Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz in Wilmington, California. A visual overview of Slanguage pedagogy, each artist shares their unique approach to creating through intent, content, context, production, distribution, and documentation. Drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber art, photography, and installation merge to exemplify the critically conscious, fantastical, and community-centered essence of Slanguage…
Situated amid the Downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers, the rink will be open for ice skating daily, including holidays. There will also be a variety of free activities, including live concerts, youth programs, and special events.