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Arm with a tattoo on it
Mary McCoy, August 24, 2018

Instagram is a perfectly good place to research tattoo designs, or to find an artist whose work you admire, but it can quickly become a sea of interchangeable infinity symbols, feathers, skulls, anchors, cheesy inspirational quotes, and mistranslated Kanji.


coloring page of the lapl pyramid
Tina Lerno, August 02, 2018

National Coloring Book Day is recognized annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the last few years, adults have gotten in on the act, and a whole cottage industry of coloring books for grown-ups have cropped up.


artwork from Gass Gallery of small plastic rectangles
Angi Brzycki, June 29, 2018

Gas is a mobile, experimental, and online platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery parked around Los Angeles.


Portrait of Yun Isang
Alan Westby, May 29, 2018

The library has recently added its first scores by the Korean composer Yun Isang (윤이상 / 尹伊桑) to our collection.


Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis. They are standing near a Delta Airlines plane, and she is wearing a corsage.
Photo Friends, May 24, 2018

Born in Louisiana in 1922, Rolland J. Curtis came to Los Angeles with his wife in 1946 after serving in the Marines during WWII.


Luis Antonio Pichardo
Catherine Sturgeon, May 14, 2018

DSTL Arts is a nonprofit arts mentorship organization based in Los Angeles that “inspires, teaches, and hires emerging artists from underserved communities.” The acronym in DSTL Arts stands for Develop Skills and Transcend Limits through the Arts.


Portrait of John James Audubon and a collage of his bird illustrations
Keith Chaffee, April 24, 2018

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785.


two bookplates

During the Middle Ages and the early modern era, owning a book was a rare and precious thing.


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