Oxford – Radcliffe Camera

Built in the mid-18th century, the Radcliffe Camera was originally a science library. Now it is a reading room and part of the Bodleian Library.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford


Los Angeles – LACMA – Maya Ceramics

While at LACMA (see previous post) we also visited the exhibition titled “Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics”. As well as some amazing ceramics, also on display were some painted deerskin scrolls that tell historical narratives or other stories.

The scroll shown here is a facsimile of a scroll that was produced around the 15th century and which is now in the collection of the British Museum Library, London.


Los Angeles – LACMA – CARtoons

On our recent trip to Los Angeles we visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and took a quick look at the exhibition, Cartoons: Art of Americas Car Culture. Featured were copies of the CARtoons magazine which was published in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1991 and claimed to be the world’s only humour magazine for car lovers. Also on display was original art work by some of the many cartoon artists who contributed to the magazine over the years. The exhibition runs until 2 January 2017.

Cartoons Magazine LACMA

Los Angeles – Secret Stairs 2

In the previous blog we did walk no 19 from Secret Stairs– A walking guide to the historic staircases of Los Angeles” by Charles Fleming. We went up and down several staircases and passed lots of houses with interesting architecture including some adobe or Spanish Revival style buildings. We also walked past a house that Raymond Chandler had lived in – one of the many in Los Angeles because he and his wife moved home a lot. Raymond Chandler’s detective novels are set in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s and Silver Lake appears in them as Gray Lake.

R Chandler House Silver Lake


Los Angeles – Secret Stairs

Last month, when we visited the Los Angeles Central Public Library we called into the gift shop which is near the main entrance. The store has an interesting collection of stuff that will entertain kids and adults. We picked up a copy of “Secret Stairs– A walking guide to the historic staircases of Los Angeles” by Charles Fleming and published by Santa Monica Press. This collection of walks with maps takes in many interesting parts of Los Angeles that tourists don’t usually see.

We did walk no 19 in Silver Lake, on Sunset Boulevard, which began with this set of stairs painted to look like a piano keyboard.

Silver Lake Secret Stairs

Los Angeles – Central Public Library 2

There is a set of interesting murals with a literary theme in the Los Angeles Central Library. They are located in the International Languages Department in what was formerly the Children’s Reading Room. The murals, painted in 1926, depict scenes from Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe and cover the entire upper wall surface of the room.

Los Angeles Public Library 2

Los Angeles – Japanese American National Museum 

Above the Fold – New Expressions in Origami, is an exhibition being held at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles until 21 August.
We visited the exhibition because we have lived in Japan and have a long-standing interest in Origami. It was interesting to see how artists have taken the paper folding concept to a new level. 
Two of the art works by Israeli artist, Miri Golda are book related. The one shown here is titled “The Holy Book”.​