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.”
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