Inujima Art House Project
The tiny island of Inujima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea was once a bustling copper refining town, but the population declined dramatically when the local industry shut down. In 2010, just 56 people lived there—and many of those inhabitants were more than 70 years old.
Recently, the island has been revived into a destination for art and architecture lovers. The industrial complex on the island was converted into the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum in 2008. Two years later, Architects Kazuyo Sejima & Associates created three immersive art pavilions—s-art house, f-art house, and i-art house—all connected by a pathway through the island. This year, a-art house and c-art house opened as well. To view more photos and videos of each of the art houses, visit the location pages below:
My latest for KCET’s Artbound series Sunshine Sanctuary
Take a look!
Suspicion of communism infiltrated the entertainment industry and émigrés working in Hollywood soon faced exile from their newly adopted homeland.
My many months of researching and curating has certainly paid off. The exhibit Trillion$ I co-curated will be on display in the USC Doheny Treasure Room until December 15th!
Trillion$: The Awesome Power of the Federal Reserve, is an exhibition in the Doheny Treasure Room commemorating the institution’s centennial. Over the past one hundred years, the Fed has played an outsized role in the American economy. Rare books, photographs, currency, and other objects highlight the history of an organization that continues to draw approval, arouse controversy, and shape discourse-public and political-across ideologies and spheres of influence.
Mike my amazing boyfriend handmade these terrific gold bullion bars for the exhibit
To learn more about the Federal Reserve and selections for the exhibit check out my research guide http://libguides.usc.edu/TRILLIONS
I just finished installing an exhibition of Michael Childer’s Photographs which will be on view until the end of the summer at USC
Here are 26 bios I wrote for the 26 authors included in the exhibit:
Edward Albee (1928–present)
New York, 2011
Known for his stark and authentic portrayals of American cultural dichotomies, Edward Albee began his career writing dialogue for radio station WNYC. He is best known for his shockingly penetrating 1962 play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. A prolific playwright, he has won three Pulitzer prizes (for A Delicate Balance, Seascape, and Three Tall Women) three Tony Awards, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 1996.
Kenneth Anger (1927–present)
Los Angeles, 1985
Notable author and avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger is best known for his books Hollywood Babylon and Hollywood Babylon II, which feature salacious tales involving the Hollywood elite. An alumnus of the USC Cinema School, Anger’s experimental films Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Scorpio Rising, and Lucifer Rising display a range of surrealistic and homoerotic imagery, while documenting subjects ranging from biker subculture to the teachings of occultist Aleister Crowley.
Ronald Bass (1942–present)
Los Angeles, 2011
Los Angeles novelist and screenwriter, Ronald Bass was a prestigious entertainment law attorney for over seventeen years prior to publishing his first book. Bass received an Academy Award for screenwriting for the 1988 film Rain Man. Other feature films written or co-written by Bass include My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Joy Luck Club, When a Man Loves a Woman, Waiting to Exhale, Stepmom, What Dreams May Come, Dangerous Minds, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Bass was nominated for a USC Scripter Award for his work on Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club.
Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)
Los Angeles, 1968
An esteemed author of fifty novels and hundreds of short stories as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, television scripts and screenplays, Ray Bradbury was an imaginative and prolific writer of predominately science fiction and fantasy. His seminal works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Halloween Tree. His writing was showcased in the popular television show The Ray Bradbury Theater. Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize special citation career and influence award.
Michael Crichton (1942–2008)
Los Angeles, 1988
Best known for his novel Jurassic Park Michael Crichton had many careers-doctor, novelist, film director, and screenwriter. His success began while still a student at Harvard Medical School when his first novel, The Andromeda Strain, became a bestseller. He continued to have tremendous popular success with his science fiction and medical thrillers Congo, Sphere, State of Fear, and Next. He received an Academy Award in 1995 for his pioneering use of computer programs in film production, and was the creator and co-executive producer of ER, for which he earned WGA, Emmy, and Peabody awards.
Michael Cunningham (1952–present)
The author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours and Specimen Days he has received thePen/Faulkner Award and Pulitzer Prize for his writing. Michael Cunningham and screenwriter David Hare received the XV Annual USC scripter Award for Cunningham’s book The Hours in 1996. His most recent book By Nightfall was published in 2010. He is currently producing and co-writing a screenplay with Susan Minot, adapted from Minot’s novel Evening. Cunningham is a professor of creative writing at Yale University.
Eve Ensler (1953–present)
Los Angeles, 2000
A Tony Award winning playwright, performer and activist, Eve Ensler is best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. Adapted from her one-woman show, The Vagina Monologues, gave voice to the notion of forbidden female anatomy using humor and raw anecdotes. Her work challenges audiences and readers alike to re-examine presubscribed notions about the female body. Ensler’s writing examines female assertions of self worth and critiques misguided stereotypes. She has published several books including Insecure at Last, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World and most recently In the Body of the World.
Harvey Fierstein (1952–present)
Los Angeles, 1988
An author, playwright, comedian and actor Harvey Fierstein has made a career of turning unconventional shows into runaway Broadway hit plays. Fierstein first rose to fame in 1982 with his play Torch Song Trilogy, for which he earned two Tony Awards in 1983, one for Best Actor and one for Best Play. In 2002, Fierstein returned to Broadway in Hairspray, winning another Tony Award for lead actor. Fierstein holds the distinction of being only the second person in history to earn four Tony Awards in different categories. He has performed in over 60 productions playing roles in drag. In addition, he wrote librettos for the musicals Newsies, the Musical, Kinky Boots and A Catered Affair.
Carrie Fisher (1956–present)
Los Angeles, 1998
An actor and author best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, Fisher is a bestselling author of five books which explore her life in entertainment including her relationships with her celebrity parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Fisher’s writing delves into her personal struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder, providing candid and transparent portrayals of her attempts to wrestle personal demons and manage mental illness. Her novels include Wishful Drinking, Postcards from the Edge, The Best Awful: A Novel, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma and Shockaholic
John Guare (1938–present)
New York, 2011
A Tony, Obie, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning playwright, John Guare is known for provocative drama, which comments on human flaws and social inequities. His plays include House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Landscape of the Body, A Few Stout Individuals and Are You There,McPhee? He co-edits the Lincoln Center Theater Review, teaches playwriting at Yale School of Drama, is a council member of the Dramatists Guild, and received the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Guare has also written several screenplays, including the 1993 adaptation of his play Six Degrees of Separation.
Arianna Huffington (1960–present)
Los Angeles, 2001
Originally from Greece, Arianna Huffington is a bestselling author, politician, web entrepreneur, is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. She launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site in May 2005 and in 2012 the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Huffington’s books cover a wide range of topics. Her first book, The Female Woman, is a criticism of extremism in the feminist movement. She has also written bestselling biographies of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso.
Eric Idle (1943–present)
Los Angeles, 2000
Playwright, author, actor and comedian Eric Idle began writing and acting simultaneously for television on the award-winning Do Not Adjust Your Set. He went on to co-create Monty Python’s Flying Circus for the BBC in 1969. Idle and his cohort The Pythons went on to create four TV series, several stage tours and five movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. In 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Idle wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Spamalot in 2005. Some of his fiction and nonfiction titles include Hello Sailor, The Road to Mars, and The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America.
Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986)
Los Angeles, 1984
Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood was born in Cheshire, England, in 1904. He lived in Germany from 1928 until 1933 and his writings captured the political and social climate of pre-Hitler Germany. His experiences would inspire him to write The Berlin Stories and the play I am a Camera, which was later adapted into the musical and film Cabaret. His novel Where Joy Resides was published after his death in 1986 and his work A Single Man was adapted into a film in 2009. Isherwood’s personal life was chronicled in the 2008 film Chris & Don: A Love Story the film focuses on his lifelong relationship with Don Bachardy. In 2010 Isherwood’s autobiography, Christopher and His Kind, was adapted into a television film series by the BBC.
Steve Martin (1945–present)
Los Angeles, 1981
Actor, comedian, musician, playwright and author Steve Martin has acted in and adapted screenplays for numerous films including The Jerk; Roxanne; L.A. Story; Bowfinger; and Shopgirl. Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and received an Emmy for his work on the show in 1969. Martin’s first published book Cruel Shoes featured essays and short stories. Martin went on to chronicle his career in his memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. In addition to comedy and autobiographical writing Martin’s body of work includes Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays and the fictional novels The Pleasure of My Company: A Novella and An Object of Beauty: A Novel.
Groucho Marx (1890–1977)
Los Angeles, 1976
Best known for his comedic and entertainment contributions Groucho Marx was the author of seven books, a play, two films, screenplays and over one hundred magazine articles and essays. Groucho and his four brothers performed as The Marx Brothers and excelled comedically on Broadway and in films such as Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Duck Soup, and A Day at the Races. Groucho also hosted the radio and television show You Bet Your Life from 1947 until 1961. Breaking the mold of formulaic quiz shows Groucho’s wise cracking often came at the contestant’s expense. Later in life his writing detailed his experiences through autobiographical books including Groucho and Me, Memoirs of a Mangy Lover and The Groucho Letters and The Groucho Phile: An Illustrated Life.
Armistead Maupin (1944–present)
San Francisco, 2011
Born in Washington, D.C., Maupin grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and later served in the Vietnam War as a naval officer for the River Patrol Force. Maupin began his writing career as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, and later was reassigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin is the author of nine novels, most famously his eight-volume Tales of the City series (1978–2010), that was turned into a mini- series airing on PBS and Showtime. Additional titles by Maupin include Maybe the Moon, and The Night Listener.
Henry Rollins (1961–present)
Los Angeles, 2001
A multi-talented performer Henry Rollins is a musician, actor, author, radio host, and publisher. Rollins came to prominence as the lead singer and front man for the Los Angeles punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. After breaking away from the band he went on to form Rollins Bands in 1987. An author of over 27 books he established his own publishing company 2.13.61. Some of his titles include See a Grown Man Cry, Now Watch Him Die, Get in the Van, Eye Scream, Roomanitarian, and Solipsist. Rollins writes a music column for LA Weekly and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and Alternative News site “WordswithMeaning!”
Waldo Salt (1914–1987)
New York, 1968
An Academy Award winning screenwriter, Waldo Salt, is best known for his screenplays Midnight Cowboy, Serpico, The Day of the Locust, and Coming Home. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s he was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Despite never being identified as a card-carrying Communist, Salt was exiled from the inner Hollywood circle and wrote under a pseudonym working primarily on commercials and television. In 1969 his career as a screenwriter was revitalized when he received an Academy Award for the Midnight Cowboy screenplay. Less than six months before his death in March of 1987, Salt received the Laurel Award for Screen Achievement, the highest accolade the Writers Guild can bestow.
Neil Simon (1927–present)
Los Angeles, 1986
An American playwright and screenwriter, Neil Simon, was born in the Bronx and began his writing career in television in the early 1950s. In 1960 Simon began writing plays for Broadway and his first success was Come Blow Your Horn, which was followed by numerous critically acclaimed plays including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Last of the Red-Hot Lovers, The Sunshine Boys, and California Suite. His autobiographical works Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers are humorous introspective portrayals of American culture. He has received four Tony awards and the Writer’s Guild of America West Award for his plays and screenwriting.
Amy Tan (1952–present)
San Francisco, 2011
Born to Chinese immigrant parents Amy Tan grew up in the bay area and studied linguistics at UC Berkeley. Tan initially worked as a Language Development Specialist for children with developmental disabilities. Her career path shifted in 1981 when she began to freelance as a business writer for telecommunications companies such as AT&T and IBM. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled The Joy Luck Club, was adapted into a film and nominated for a USC Scripter Award. She has written over 13 novels, children’s books and non-fiction books. Her novels include The Kitchen’s God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning and Rules for Virgins.
Robert Towne (1934–present)
Los Angeles, 1975
Screenwriter, director and producer Robert Towne is best known for his Academy award winning screenplay Chinatown. Towne has contributed key un-credited scenes and served as a script doctor on a wide range of projects including The Godfather, Bonnie and Clyde, The Parallax View, The Rock and dozens of other Hollywood films. Towne wrote and directed Personal Best, Without Limits and Tequila Sunrise. He received Oscar nominations for his screenplays The Last Detail and Shampoo. He has also served as the selection Committee Chair for the USC Scripter XV and XVI Awards.
Gore Vidal (1925–2012)
New York, 2011
The author of twenty-four novels, five plays, many screenplays, and more than two hundred essays, Gore Vidal was born in 1925. His writing career began in 1946 and one of his early novels The City and the Pillar (1948) caused controversy for its unabashed representations of homosexuality. In 1956 Vidal was hired as a contract screenwriter by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and worked on the films Suddenly Last Summer, Is Paris Burning? and Ben-Hur. Shortly thereafter Vidal returned to writing novels and subsequently published a number of titles including Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckenridge, Lincoln, Hollywood, and Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal. He published two collections of essays entitled The Second American Revolution, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982 and United States: Essays 1952-1992. In 2009, he received the National Book Awards lifetime achievement award.
Joseph Wambaugh (1937–present)
Palm Springs, 2004
An author and television writer, Joseph Wambaugh, redefined crime fiction, and is the author of over 20 police novels that served as the inspiration for six television shows. Wambaugh served as an LAPD Police Officer and Detective for over fourteen years. During his time in the LAPD he began writing fiction based on his experiences as an officer. He developed a series of novels including The New Centurions, The Blue Knight, The Choirboys and Lines and Shadows. Wambaugh has worked creatively on several film and television projects, including Police Story, and The Black Marble. His recent novels include Hollywood Moon and Harbor Nocturne.
Billy Wilder (1906–2002)
Considered one of Hollywood’s most accomplished directors, Billy Wilder was born in Austria and began his professional career as a journalist writing crime and sports stories. Wilder fled Germany during Hitler’s rise to power and ultimately settled in Hollywood working as a screenwriter. His writing and directing efforts encompass a variety of genres and earned him numerous Academy nominations and awards. Some of his most well known and commercially successful writing and directing accomplishments include Double Indemnity (co-written with Raymond Chandler), Sabrina, Love in the Afternoon, Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment, and Irma La Douce.
Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)
New York, 1972
Acclaimed dramatist and American literary icon, Tennessee Williams, began writing plays in 1935. In 1943 Williams spent six months as a contract screenwriter for MGM but produced only one script. MGM rejected the script that would become his first major success and earn him a Pulitzer Prize, The Glass Menagerie. Two years later Williams earned his second Pulitzer Prize when he wrote what many consider to be his masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire. His plays celebrate the nonconformists, the outcasts who shed light on the cruel and static world that confines them. Despite his characters’ efforts to break from normal conventions these sensitive interlopers often suffer cruel fates. Williams produced a plethora of literary achievements including The Summer and Smoke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer and Night of the Iguana.
Steve Zaillian (1953–present)
Mexico City, 1982
An American screenwriter, director, editor, producer, Steve Zaillian’s screenplay for Schindler’s List earned him an Academy Award in 1994. Zaillian continued to produce emotive and diverse screenplays including Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyballmany of which have been nominated for Academy Awards. Zaillian has received the USC Scripter Award three times for Awakenings in 1990, Schindler’s List in 1994, and A Civil Action in 1999. In 2008 he received the first USC Scripter Literary Achievement Award which recognizes writers who have made significant, sustained contributions to the art of adaptation.
“Pisces” by artist Jason Hackenwerth is a 40-foot-tall double helix made of 10,000 balloons. Commissioned by the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the sculpture took Hackenwerth and his team six days to construct. It is on display at the National Museum of Scotland through April 14, 2013. There are many more photos of the sculpture on Flickr. Hackenwerth has more of his balloon sculptures on his site.