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Ackerman and Aguiniga at CAFAM
The Los Angeles creative community and assorted other cool folk came out in force January 29 for the festive opening of two exciting shows celebrating L.A. artists at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.
"A Marriage of Craft and Design" highlights the 50-year creative partnership-and love story- of modern master designer-craftsmen Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, with a retrospective selection of weavings, ceramics and metalwork from the early 1950s to the 90s. "Crossing the Line," a site-specific space by multimedia maker Tanya Aguiniga, 32, transforms a gallery into a wonderland filled with thousands of colorful, crisscrossed yarn strands, floating woven elements and furniture pieces made for the occasion.
As live music played in an outdoor courtyard throughout the warmish SoCal night, the several hundred guests took in all the dazzling creativity on display on three floors of galleries, and browsed the museum's treasure-filled boutique, The Egg and the Eye (the name pays tribute to CAFAM's original incarnation, founded in 1965 by Frank and Edith Wyle). Old friends and new admirers lined up to meet and greet the legendary couple and the young rising star, and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jerome Ackerman, who turned 91 that day.
Corinna Cotsen, a CAFAM board member (and trustee of the American Craft Council) took the occasion to introduce the museum's new director, Suzanne Isken, former education director at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Also in the crowd were Chris Amundsen, executive director of ACC; Jo Lauria and Dale Carolyn Gluckman, co-curators of the Ackerman show (which originated in an expanded version at the Mingei Museum in San Diego in 2009); and Gerard O'Brien, who carries the work of both the Ackermans and Aguiniga at his Reform Gallery on Melrose Avenue.
Both shows are up through May 8. Check out our June/July 2009 story on the Ackermans (which won a Merit Award from the Society of Publication Designers), and stay tuned for our feature on Aguiniga, coming in the April/May issue.