STAINED GLASS FROM GOTHIC TO STREET STYLE

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Everyone knows that Forest Lawn is a giant cemetery off the 134 in Glendale.

But do we all know of the Forest Lawn Museum?

Says Forest Lawn Museum Director and exhibition curator James Fishburne, PhD.:

“We’re a hidden gem and I want to make us a visible, widely-known gem. Forest Lawn is a whole institution. Art is part of our DNA.”

“There’s the outdoor statuary, of course. And the buildings themselves are works of art: stained glass, mosaics, paintings.”

The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, for example, houses the largest religious painting in the Western Hemisphere: Jan Styka’s “The Crucifixion” from the 1890s. Robert Clark’s “The Resurrection” (1965), also massive, literally slides on a track.

“The building itself is really incredible,a loose recreation on the outside of the Cathedral in Orvieto, Italy, a kind of Gothic Renaissance. Then you step inside and it’s French Gothic, and you step in farther and the style becomes reminiscent of a mid-century movie palace. It’s a neat mashup, sort of an ‘only in LA’ type of thing.”

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

2 Replies to “STAINED GLASS FROM GOTHIC TO STREET STYLE”

  1. Betsy Acciani says: Reply

    Thank you, Heather! The photos of the exhibit are really nice.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Aren’t they, Betsy? I didn’t get to see the show in person but the photos sure brought it closer…Thanks for reading.

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