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July 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Just in case you had wanted to break open your piggy bank the Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers Filming Miniatures from The Gary Cannavo Collection sold for 1.8 million dollars!

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The Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89 was just a few weeks ago on June 26 – 28th and comprised of the definitive collection Battlestar Galactica & Buck Rogers spaceship filming miniatures. It was 23 spaceships all belonging one Boston based collector named Gary Cannavo that was purchased over a period of 25 years. The miniatures were designed and built by the creators who worked on Star Wars. These are from series that still used the art technology of miniatures before Hollywood switched to CGI.

The owners hope that the collection will stay in tact and be exhibited for fans to be able to enjoy them so they decided to sell in a single lot for an estimated $1,500,000 – $2,000,000

Highlights from the collection include the screen used heart and soul of the Battlestar Galactica rag-tag fleet, the Galactica and the screen used, Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper. From Buck Rogers, Buck’s screen used Star Fighter and Buck’s screen used Ranger 3.


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.
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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Paley Center NY & LA are celebrating Black History Month with events for kids and adults! Visitors will be able to enjoy archived screening with Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire and many more programs. You’ll be able to see portraits of iconic talents and walk the red carpet with favorite stars! Attendees can share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute.

In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.

Attendees in both New York and Los Angeles will have the opportunity to watch classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience (see schedule below)

NY & LA: 
February 5 and February 12

12:15 pm
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)

12:39 pm
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)

1:04 pm
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)

1:27 pm
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)

1:51 pm
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)

2:43 pm
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)

3:07 pm
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (37 minutes)

NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26

12:15 pm
Sesame Street: “Big Birds Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.

1:16 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)

1:39 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)

2:02 pm
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)

2:24 pm
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)

3:09 pm

Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)



4:00 pm
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)

In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture. 


Also in New York, the Paley Center’s Education department will present two workshops:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.  In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older. 

Email to make reservations.

Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities

February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


The Paley Center for Media in LA
465 N. Beverly Drive,
at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More info about visiting.

The Paley Center for Media in NY
25 West 52 Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
More info about visiting.

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November 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

screenshot-2016-11-23-11-04-11It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the holiday season of family and friends all in one spot! This year the Paley Center is celebrating the holiday season with classic TV programs from their archive on the big screen from noon to 5pm!

It looks simply delightful to see the mean Grinch in all his glory in their auditorium since I’ve only seen these shows on TV. <sigh> seeing the list of holiday fare brings back childhood memories of cinnamon toast and hot chocolate as my family gathered around our old TV. My grandmother cooking the BEST sweet potato casserole and my grandfather enjoying a scotch with their dog.

screenshot-2016-11-23-11-02-59What’s your favorite holiday TV show that will bring you to Paleyland? Are you going to ask Santa for Nintendo (is everything old new again) or some other sold out item that you want to put under the tree for yourself <cough cough> the kids???

Come watch the Grinch, Rudolph, Heat Miser, Frosty, and more!

It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive on our big screen! See the following classic holiday programs playing continuously from noon to 5:00 pm:

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  
A Rugrats Kwanzaa 
Frosty the Snowman  
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!


It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand

December 2, 2016, to January 8, 2017, in Los Angeles
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Closing at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve (12/24) & New Year’s Eve (12/31).

The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family-friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive, along with family activities and…a visit with Santa! (Photos with Santa will be available for purchase.)


So come have a wonderful holiday experience in Beverly Hills, at the Paley Center.

Bring the family to PaleyLand and have a visit with Santa! Photos with Santa are available for purchase.

Visit with Santa Schedule!

Saturday, December 3: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 10: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 11: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 17: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 18: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 21: noon – 5:00pm
Thursday, December 22: noon – 5:00pm
Friday, December 23: noon – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 24: noon – 4:00pm

 *Click for more info, and when Santa will be at the Paley Center (his hours vary)!

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September 7th, 2016 by Cherry

Tickets are going on sale for the third annual L.A. Weekly’s Sips & Sweets on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8PM – 11PM at the Petersen Automotive Museum at

VIP Admission ticket includes: all of the General Admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the event and a special VIP Gift Bag AND don’t hesitate because the VIP entry will sell out SOOO fast! 
General Admission tickets include: entry into the event, unlimited food samples from over 15 LA pastry chefs, beer, wine and artisanal cocktail samples as well as access to our handcrafted vendor village with 20+ vendors. img_3617

I’ve attended before and can say that they know what I like … SWEETS you’ll be on a major sugar high for one of the first holiday parties of the year.img_3666 Who do you want to taste or sip? Leave a comment below and don’t forget you can visit and of the shops, grab a cocktail or stock your place.

You’ll be able to enjoy sweets from Crème Caramel LA, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Copenhagen Pastry, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, Bearclaw Kitchen, The Gourmandise School, Choctál Single-Origin Ice Cream, Westbound and Red Bread with more to come!img_3555

Hand-crafted cocktails will be prepared by Matt Wise of The Roger Room, Joshua Goldman of The Bar at Belcampo Santa Monica, Adam Nystrom E.P. & L.P., Gabriella Mlynarczyk of Birch, Robin Chopra of House of Punch, Christiaan Rollich of The Lucques Group, Chris Whelan of Sassafras, Ben Scott of Miro, Mike Lay of Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria, Jeremy Lake of Lost Property, Gregory Westcott of Hinoki & the Bird, Darwin Manahan of 71ABOVE, Derek Lyons of Sonny’s Hideaway, Brynn Smith of Sotto, and Chris Amirault of Otium with more to be confirmed!

Aimg_3564ll pastry chefs will offer tasty samples of their famous sweet and savory treats, while each bartender will present sips of their signature holiday drinks.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Hendrick’s Gin, Tullamore DEW Whiskey, Reyka Vodka, Milagro Tequila, Sailor Jerry Rum, Monkey Shoulder, Aquafina, Spearmint Rhino, Hustler Hollywood, Beautiful Things LA, Califia Farms, DIABOLO Beverages, DRY Sparkling, KIND, Farm Fresh to You, Destiny Candle and London Manori with more to come.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.img_3547

Follow L.A. Weekly on Facebook, Twitter @laweeklystreet, Instagram @LAWeekly and Foursquare for updates as they unfold.
About L.A. Weekly:
L.A. Weekly, and more recently, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. In 2007 L.A. Weekly was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism. This year, restaurant critic Besha Rodell was honored with a James Beard Award, widely considered food writing’s top prize.

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July 30th, 2016 by Cherry


Set phasers on STUN and fall in love with Star Trek celebrating 50 years!

2016-07-24 16.16.04It’s been fifty years since Gene Roddenberry graced TV (CBS) with Star Trek a series that appealed to the hope in all of us. Over the years we’ve seen the series change with new captains, aliens and 2016-07-24 16.15.40moral questions but it always had the Prime Directive steering the crew as they explored galaxyrather making new friends, making alien love OR fighting enemies!

So imagine my excitement when I saw the first stop for the Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years exhibition touring the world at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (363 Fifth Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92101).

I was able to speak with Jorge Ferreiro (SVP & Creative Director) who curated the exhibition and two of the artists about their contributions to the Star Trek Art Exhibit at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con (Take a tour of the exhibition at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego).




Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.

The Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years exhibit debuted on Wednesday July 20, 2016 at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (363 Fifth Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92101). The exhibition was created to commemorate the brand’s milestone anniversary. Featuring Star Trek-inspired works by 50 artists from around the globe, including the last piece created by Leonard Nimoy, the exhibit will include original 2D and 3D pieces by the artists, who selected a variety of mediums — illustrations, photographs, sculptures, paintings, graphics and more — to express their love of the franchise and the inspiration gained from it. In addition to artists from the collection, Nimoy’s son Adam was in attendance for interviews at the opening night.

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Am I the only one that thinks Spock is more of a dog alien?

Leave a comment below on what’s your favorite piece from the collection and if you plan to make a special trip to see it when it’s traveling!


Live long and prosper ….


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April 26th, 2015 by Cherry

Temporary Space LA Joins LACMA & The Craft & Folk Art Museum for 
Art Weekend LA Mid-Wilshire Tour on May 3rd

Art Weekend LA, the biannual exploration of art fairs, galleries and museums across Los Angeles, will host a tour of Mid-Wilshire tour on Sunday, May 3rd.  The tour will begin at LACMA, continue on to the Craft and Folk Art Museum and close with an artist talk at Temporary Space LA.  This event is free of charge. For additional information or to RSVP, please visit or email

Art Weekend LA Mid Wilshire Tour Schedule:

1pm – LACMA
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
Larry Sultan: Here and Home

2pm – Craft and Folk Art Museum 
Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video
Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters

3pm – Temporary Space LA
Walk-through with the artist:  Richard Shelton, 50 Years of Painting on view through 6/20
Artist talk and preview of the upcoming exhibition, Signs and Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen and Scott Grieger, 1970-2015

Temporary Space is an alternative exhibition platform to the traditional art gallery model.  Unlike the traditional gallery model, Temporary Space will not represent artists. Instead of showcasing the art of developing or emerging artists, Temporary Space will exhibit the art of mid-career and late-career artists, with particular emphasis upon artists who have been under-appreciated, both critically and economically, by the art establishment.

About the artists at Temporary Space LA:
Richard Shelton’s paintings have been displayed in the Smithsonian Art Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and other museums in the United States and are in numerous private collections. Praised by critics for his technique and intensity, each of Shelton’s emotionally charged paintings offers a snippet of social commentary on life in the modern world.

For painter Margaret Nielsen, the journey has been a recurring theme in her artwork. The painter travels through her work and her own psyche, portraying aspects of life with a universal commonality and delving into the mystery of the human condition. Through the use of recurring imagery such as birds, the four elements, and other natural motifs, Nielsen connects the private, intangible world with the external, physical world. Her paintings, often small, jewel-like, and intimate, evoke Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious in that they touch upon experiences common to us all in the journey through life.

Since the beginning of his career, Scott Grieger has sought to question and challenge assumptions of art and culture. He uses his art to communicate the ironies he observes, juxtaposing conventionally disparate art historical periods, media, imagery, and ideas. Humor and satire are used to question dominant positions, both hidden and implied, often through both text and image. The scope of Grieger’s work has been vast, from combining the signature style of Donald Judd with the body of a guitar to placing the Venus of Willendorf on a bucolic wooden sign next to her husband, Mr. Willendorf. As Grieger states, “free thought is the goal, and in humor there is insight.”

For more information about Art Weekend LA, discounted tickets for particular art fairs, benefits, and VIP events, visit To help navigate your art weekend, a complimentary art weekend LA program guide will be available for download.

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March 1st, 2015 by Cherry

Well I know how I want to spend my summer … it’s visiting NYC for a geek trip to explore the Hunger Games Exhibition with costumes, props and an interactive component that makes me want MORE from my girl Katniss! The exhibit is going to be at the Discovery Times Square and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot ticket so don’t delay! The exhibit opens this July so its major tourist season and it WILL sell out! Now if you weren’t able to get tickets for the 2015 San Diego Comic Con you can take solace with Katniss and the other tributes!

Now do you think you’d survive the Hunger Games? Or are you one of the fallen tributes?
Tickets to The Hunger Games: The Exhibition!




The Hunger Games: The Exhibition™ will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films.


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February 24th, 2014 by Cherry

I remember as a kid watching TV and not really seeing too many people of color.  When I say people of color I don’t just mean black people but any color beige, yellow, red, chocolate or pink instead they were just white.  I don’t think it bothered me since I just expected to only see white people.   What the heck I grew up in Iowa and the only POC I saw where my family, the two Mexican kids, 1 Jewish and one other black girl (she was an AWFUL bully) at my Catholic School.  Oh and some of the kids in my neighborhood but they never liked me very much.   Now I do remember Fat Albert who I could never understand his where he lived.  The way they spoke, looked and the area they lived didn’t look like my life but they were brown and that was enough for me to look at them.  It was never my favorite Saturday morning show that was School House Rock (I’m just a bill .. tee hee) and Land of the Lost (LOVED her monkey boy pet/friend)!  So I was very excited to hear that the New York Public Library is having an exhibit on Blacks in animation over 40 years.  I wish I could go to NYC to see this exhibit since I do remember a few of the less than PC images of blacks in media.  Song of the South always comes to mind since I saw the film as a child (can STILL sing ‘my oh my what a wonderful day’) and found it VERY amusing.  Of course ask a child I didn’t realize he was a slave and how racist it was I just thought it was a movie with cartoon bits that had a black person in it (very exciting).  I can’t help but think what other POC or LGBT think about their representation in media or well lack of representation.  Even today it seems as if alot of shows have the philosophy that if they have a black character they’ve hit the quota and all is good or they have a white male gay character (now that seems to replace having a black cast member) and that will satisfy the PC police.  Well that’s another blog of frustration that the powers that be in Hollywood refuse to make shows/movies that represent the diversity of our country and the world.

The New York Public Library is having an exhibit celebrating Black Characters in animation showing how they evolved from racial stereotypes to more realistic reflections of African Americans.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character RevolutionFrom 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.

Now through Saturday, June 14, 2014


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery (Map and directions)
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Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
(212) 491-2200


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January 14th, 2014 by Cherry

I grew up reading comic books and as a huge geek I mostly remember on the rare occasion seeing non-white characters they were usually broadly drawn.  Usually the bad guys or a pretty sexy chick for eye candy to entertain the fans.  So I’m very curious to see this exhibit to see how the images changed over the years.  Growing up watching old WWII animated images where they made ‘asian eyes’, where they mocked accents and treated Asians as exotic aliens I can only imagine what Asians think about pop culture use of their images.  Even today usually Asians are considered ‘good foreigners’ hard working, smart, professional or owners of dry cleaners/nail shops/corner stores as if an entire group of people can be so easily pigeonholed.  Of course their racial sterotype is the ‘good’ kind where the women are considered desirable for their meek nature, petite bodies and projected sexual whims and the men well they aren’t held to the same standard of desire by all women.  This isn’t from me but a dating study of what ethnic groups got the most responses online ‘Asian’ women are desired by all ethnic groups and the men didn’t fare as well. I’m very interested in seeing this and maybe meet some other intellectually curious people at the exhibit as well.

This is a great opportunity to see the collection that was donated to New York University’s Fales Library by science fiction writer William F. Wu.  The tour was organized by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and will be in Los Angeles until February 9, 2014. 


Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986

October 12, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Through a selection of images from comic books representing four turbulent decades, Marvels & Monstersillustrates how evolving racial and cultural archetypes defined America’s perceptions of Asians. This exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection—the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans—that was donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Curated by Asian Pop columnist, Jeff Yang, this exhibition is a unique and fascinating look at how the images and characters of Asians and Asian Americans featured in comic books during times of war and unrest coalesced into archetypes that still remain today.

The exhibition places a selection of noted archetypes—GuruBrainTemptressManipulatorAlien,KamikazeBrute, and Lotus Blossom—within both a historical context and a comparative discourse with contemporary Asian American writers and creators including Ken ChenV.V. GaneshananthanLarry HamaDavid Henry HwangNaomi HiraharaGenny LimGreg PakVijay Prashad, and Gene Luen Yang.

The exhibition also contains elements designed to encourage direct engagement with the archetypes, such as life-size cutouts of the eight archetypes that allow visitors to put themselves “inside the image” and an installation called “Shades of Yellow” that matches the shades used for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish yellow Pantone™.

Marvels & Monsters ends with a library of present-day graphic novels by Asian American creators and an area where visitors can color original heroes designed byBernard Chang (Supergirl) and Jef Castro and Jerry Ma(Secret Identities).

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This exhibition is a collaboration between the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections.

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Additional support provided by Ruben & Maria Pompeya Gomez.

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November 17th, 2013 by Cherry

I’m going to be geeking out on Monday at the opening of the new Paley Center Exhibit of Juan Ortiz Star Trek inspired art.  I grew up loving Captain Kirk and his kiss with Uhura was a major crush moment for me as a child.  I’m a geek born and bred with a dad who’s major bonding was watching episodes of Star Trek (and other Science Fiction shows) together.  So when I got the invite it took me back to fond family memories of favorite shows, hanging with my dad and sister and well happy moments of childhood long since passed.  I mean really Star Trek is one of those shows that are STILL good even though it’s over 40 years old the stories, cast chemistry and creatures can still entertain.  You would assume I’d be Uhura but I’m more of a Spock.  The Spock in the opposite world where his passion was at the forefront but still analytical.  Hmmmm what does that say about me???  What Star Trek iconic character do you identify with and why?

Make sure you head to Beverly Hills and the Paley Center to see these iconic scenes reimagined by Juan Ortiz!






 Special Preview Reception and Book Signing with the Artist, in Advance of

Exhibit’s Official Los Angeles Opening Wednesday, November 20

WHAT: The Paley Center for Media is partnering with CBS Consumer Products to present the Los Angeles premiere gallery exhibition of Star Trek: the Art of Juan OrtizStar Trek: The Original Series occupies a rarefied place in popular culture and continues to be a force in all facets of media. Artist Juan Ortiz’s groundbreaking effort to personify each of the series’ 79 episodes, and the original pilot, through a collection of original art posters embodies his passion for the series, the transformational Sixties, and the often visceral reaction generated by each episode.Artist Juan Ortiz will be present for a book signing at the preview reception on Monday, November 18.

The exhibit will open to the public Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and close January 5, 2014.

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