The Craft and Folk Art Museum's three current installations fully illustrate and embrace the institution's mission to support a progressive, eclectic and international dialogue on the state of craft-based art. “A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar” examines the innovative and unique abstract woodworking technique of an American master craftsman overdue for the deeper consideration he receives here. “Darío Escobar: Broken Circle” presents a contemporary Latin American artist with a modern edge and a taste for repurposed materials, in his first L.A. museum show and with curatorial direction from MOCA's Alam Ruiz. Last but not least, L.A.-based artist SHRINE executes one of his trademark site-specific architectural installations, which have graced alt-culture music and activist festivals the world over. “Empire of Love Shack” intends to blow visitors' minds, showing how discarded materials can be exuberantly illuminated by artistic inspiration. Taken together, this trilogy makes plain why CAFAM is quickly becoming a must-see stop on all the best art itineraries. Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; through Aug. 24; $7, $5 seniors and students. (323) 937-4230,

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 17. Continues through Aug. 24, 2014
(Expired: 08/24/14)

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