I have a quibble with the terminology that has lately been used to describe the precursor to CAFAM. The Egg and The Eye was an art GALLERY, not a shop, and a white-tablecloth RESTAURANT, not a cafe. The focus was on respectful, 'fine art'-style display and making sure the artists' names were prominently labeled. The shows were meant to be of museum quality contemporary craft and folk art. The original chef, Rodessa Moore, received several awards for her cooking there. In 1965, omelets were not the ubiquitous menu item they are today, and Rodessa's development of as many as 70 different fillings to reflect international cultures was seen as haute cuisine. The restaurant and gallery were frequented by elites of the art, music and academic world.
Best Handmade Museum - 2011
Craft and Folk Art Museum
I am always amazed at how many people don't seem to know about the Craft and Folk Art Museum. With a fascinating history — it began in 1965 as The Egg and The Eye, an avant-garde café and shop — and a forward-thinking philosophy, this incredibly intimate gem of a museum was capturing the beauty and artistic integrity of the functional and international before anyone either promoted or protested the ideals of globalization. From Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes to a just-closed show of Jennifer Angus' extraordinary insect installations, this tiny museum, which feels like an uber-hip New York art gallery, presents some of the most expertly curated shows around. With affordable craft classes for both children and adults, this is one museum you owe it to yourself to visit and join. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org.