Soup Opera

Don’t tell Los Angeles -- they’ll be pissed -- but there’s a new documentary that details the ways in which its modern-art scene came of age in the Fifties and Sixties. If Angelenos are annoyed by The Cool School: How LA Learned to Love Modern Art, it’ll only be because the film – narrated by actor Jeff Bridges and focused mostly on L.A.’s Ferrus Gallery – describes the impact of New York artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol (whose first-ever soup-can show took place at Ferrus) on Southern California art. It also celebrates the contributions of local talent like Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Ed Moses, and Robert Irwin.
Wed., Aug. 12, 4 & 7 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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