Lea Lion is a journalist based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. She has been reporting about art and culture for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites since the last millennium. Her stories have covered everything from graffiti exhibits to (the art of) presidential elections.
'The Lords & The New Creatures' at Nye+Brown: How Jim Morrison's Poetry Book Inspired an L.A. Art Show About Cars
"Modern life is a journey by car." This sentence could have been written yesterday, but it actually appeared in The Lords and the New Creatures, Jim Morrison's first book of published poetry in 1971. Forty years later, little has changed: The car ...
Scarlett Lacey's Secret Paintings in 'Concealed/Revealed' Show: How a Blacklight Turns Landscapes Into Boobs
On a recent hot and sticky afternoon in Los Angeles, an artist and a reporter met in a building on the edge of Skid Row. They were on a mission to view secret paintings. The introductions went something like this: Reporter: Hello, my name is Lea L...
6 years ago | Art in the Streets at MOCA
Thanks to the rise of hip hop, the turntable transcended its status as an electronic device, emerged as the instrument of our time -- and gained a whole lotta respect in the process. Recently an exhibit titled "Art Mix" paid homage to the turntabl...
Architecture and Design Museum's 'Come In! 2: Surf.Skate.Bike' Exhibit Let the Artists Run the Asylum. They Drew 'Boobies.'
Even in the art world, where breaking the rules is the golden rule, some things still follow an equation. Take, for example, the gallery opening. It's one part boxed wine, one part background jazz, add some painting/sculpture/etc. and -- pres...
When the mysterious British street artist Banksy left an image of a young boy holding a paint can next to the words "I remember when all this was trees" on the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit last year, some fans interpreted it as an environmen...
6 years ago | Desserts
When Marie Antoinette was told that the people of France were starving, she supposedly responded, "Let them eat cake." Now, thanks to Los Angeles-based performance artist Elizabeth Tobias, the Queen of France's oft-quoted phrase has yet another va...