Make a day of it: 3 visit-worthy exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff
In the Main Gallery; Runs through March 20, 2011

For his masterful rendering of dynamic flowers, Austria-born painter and porcelain decorator Franz A. Bischoff earned the nickname “King of the Rose Painters.” The Pasadena Museum of California Art will present the most inclusive retrospective of Bischoff’s work to date, with highlights from his early ceramic work and his later practice on canvas. Bischoff immigrated to New York in 1885 and lived in different U.S. cities before settling in Pasadena in 1906. It was in California that the artist turned to landscape paintings and the plein-air style, painting the state’s signature sun-kissed shore and mountain vistas.
[Photos: At top, Bischoff’s “Afternoon Idyll, Cambria” c. 1922. At left, Bischoff’s “A Tapestry of Roses.”]

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‘Even if we’re going to be arrested, I think we’ve added something to Pasadena’


“A fork, a fork, my kingdom for a fork.” Seriously, though, I can haz?

Ice House founder Bob Stane on this most unusual 75th birthday commemoration piece:

“I hope it will be in many movies — the ‘Pasadena Fork in the Road,”‘ he said. “Even if we’re going to be arrested, I think we’ve added something to Pasadena.” [Star-News]


(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Manhattan’s own San Gabriel Mountains


If you’re visiting Manhattan before Oct. 24, you can camp out among the majestic San Gabriels.

Geographically confusing, but true.

Environmental artist Fritz Haeg has created “Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels,” an 8,000-square-foot installation at X Initiative art space in Chelsea.

The project invites visitors to populate a “mountain colony” of dome tents arranged around a circular stage. A silhouette of the San Gabriel Mountains covers the surrounding walls.

Last year, Haeg designed a local “Edible Estates” installation at Descanso Gardens. That project was based on his book “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn,” which challenges landowners to replace traditional grass yards with sustainable gardens.

Above, “Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels,” installation view at X Initiative, New York. Below, the image and silhouette of the San Gabriels. (Photos courtesy of Fritz Haeg and X Initiative)