Rick Prelinger, founder of Prelinger Archives, finds that old Hollywood stock footage, like this clip of 1940s era Los Angeles, is evidence of a lost city. "As you know, the present wipes out the past faster in Los Angeles than perhaps anywhere else, and the everyday landscape of the past can often be very difficult to imagine. This is especially true in high-value areas like downtown, where massive redevelopment leveled the Chavez Ravine and Bunker Hill areas," he says, according to The Atlantic. Prelinger goes on to say:
Here's an outtake from an unknown feature film (specifically, a "process plate" intended for rear projection behind characters driving in a car). If it was ever used, it was seen fuzzy and out of focus. Today, however, it's amazing documentation of a lost neighborhood. Watch the signs, the spectators and passersby, and the streetscapes, and marvel how historical images can carry evidentiary value that no one ever imagined they would.
The Atlantic adds that this HD transfer of a 35mm nitrate negative is a crisp document of Los Angeles with "shiny cars, palm trees, and depression-era shop fronts."
If you have a small extra photo of yourself, cut it out and place it on your monitor where the driver would be and take a ride past Bunker Hill, Pershing Square, and the Central Library.
As a graphic artist, the words from a painter have stayed with me. "The piece is never done. It just stops at an interesting place." That is where this blog is; an interesting place.
I'm taking an extended and indefinite leave from viewfromaloft, leaving the day-to-day Downtown Los Angeles observations and cultural notes to others.
While close friends already know, and as some readers here and at blogdowntown have speculated, I haven't been Downtown for a while. I've been covering the city remotely.
As a contributor at KCET's blogs, I will still be writing about Downtown and Los Angeles, along with the Inland Empire and High Desert.
There will be some tinkering behind the scenes around here. I've been working on a personal portfolio with this multi-blog platform, and will update viewfromaloft's blogroll in time. Maybe I will finally add a post about my own mural work.
For now, just let me say it has been a pleasure to help build community through here and elsewhere. Thanks for reading.
It's like family coming to the house with enough hot dishes to stuff everyone
The Third Annual Taste of Italy Los Angeles will be held at El Pueblo October 1. Dubbed as "a cultural-gastronomic event," the collaboration with the Italian American Museum and Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West will serve up over fifty of the region’s best restaurants, wineries, and fine food and beverage purveyors, and tickets are expected to sell out.
"A Visit to American Cities" features Los Angeles circa 1917, as produced by the Ford Motor Company. In a previous post of this clip, it was identified as a travelogue. This slightly longer version reveals it was part of an educational series, and stored in the Ford Library. It is a safe guess that Ford hoped it encouraged touring the US by automobile.
Another thing to like about J. Michael Walker's "City of Mind," now on display at the UCLA Hammer Museum, is that continues a vibrant illustrative map legacy from the Latin American avant garde movement. Miguel Covarrubias, a contemporary of Los Tres Grandes' Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, managed to deftly straddle fine and commercial art, including a series of mural size maps that defined people and place. Covarrubias is the subject of a new exhibition at the California African American Museum. Maria Lopez files a preview of the exhibition.
Portion of "City in Mind: A Lyrical Map of the Concept of Los Angeles" (2011), a 23 feet wide by 5 feet high hand drawn map by J. Michael Walker.
If you wanted to make a birthday card for the City of Los Angeles (September 4, 1781), it would be hard to top this map. It could be used every year. "All the Saints of the City of the Angels" project creator, J. Michael Walker, whipped out this beauty in ten days.
It hangs at the UCLA Hammer Museum for just a few weeks. LAPL map curator and librarian Glen Creason says it is "an absolute feast for bibliophiles and lovers of culture in this city."
The brew-ha-ha between artists and beer meister seems to have moved on for now. Street art is still being curated and installed around the Arts District, and Angel City Brewing has been featuring art in its space at Alameda and Traction, plus offer some bands slated to play the cancelled Sunset Junction a place to fill time Angel City Brewing treks forward with a 3 day art and music festival this Labor Day weekend with "body Painting, Music, Food, beer and vendors all weekend . . . on top of display of hundreds of pieces of original Art work by featured artists."
MF Gourmet, short for Meat Fish Gourmet, now has a stall at Grand Central Market.
During the summer, Chef Tyler James Cyre was delivering bakery goods to Perch and found a parking spot outside Grand Central Market. He quickly ducked in the open air marketplace to get change for the meter, and the bustle of the enivrons, he knew he found a place for his breads and his business, MF Gourmet.
The European culinary bakery will now be a neighbor to the indigenous tortas and chinese food. The soft opening is off and on, and may be as soon as Friday, Sept. 2.
But for certain, with Grand Central Market and The Patrón Spirits Company, MF Gourmet will have a big presence Thursday, Sept. 8, with Downtown LA’s Edible Artwalk. Local culinary artists will gather and socialize, even carve an ice block or two, to raise money for Friends of The FCI, a non-profit arm of The French Culinary Institute.
Los Pobladores 200 is ready for the 9 mile walk from Mission San Gabriel to what is now Olvera Street, but pay close attention to the website since dates are crossing over.
The headline has Saturday, Sept. 3 as the date for the annual trek, but the calendar also has it on Sept. 4, the same day as an Annual Pioneer Mass in San Gabriel's Historic Mission. Los Pobladores' website doesn't have contact information.
DowntownLA.com has the date for the annual march as Saturday, Sept. 3.
What is certain is that on September 4, 1781, a priest blessed 11 families and 4 soldiers as they began the 9 mile walk from Mission San Gabriel to what is now Olvera Street. That marks the founding of the City of Los Angeles.
The walk has been reenacted since September 1981, first led by the descendants of the city founders.
The march will make a final leg across the street to El Pueblo for ceremony and cake.